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About 4&20 Bakers

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I had a really cool job as a Department of Defense contractor. I helped my military brothers and sisters and their families prepare for and endure cycles of deployment to places like Iraq and Afghanistan. There were more perks. For example, my caller ID showed up as “U.S. Government” and I could really mess with my friends with that.

Our contract ended and I was given a little over a week’s notice that my job was eliminated. That same week I lost my mom.

Somewhere between “Shock and Denial” and “Acceptance and Hope,” my inner- Marine kicked back in and I changed my perspective to, “I can do anything I want to do!”

I knew this was going to be a character building experience. I swallowed my pride, often. I asked my family and friends for work. I raked lawns, cleaned and painted houses; cut fire wood, pampered pets, delivered pizzas, whatever it took.

When they ran out of projects I focused on my love of cooking and offered to ‘Personal Chef’ where they bought the ingredients and gave me a donation. Everything changed after I catered a small private wedding.

I began researching organic farming by expanding my home garden and attending conferences and workshops. I knew I could better my products by using and growing fresh ingredients and the thought of being a 4th generation farmer came to fruition. My father retired to Georgia, so on visits I planted fruit trees and brambles.

I have been slowly building a farm, “Farm Kissed Organics.” To date, we have goats and a variety of young and mature fruiting trees; Pecans, Peaches, Pears, Asian Pears, Apples, Figs, and Plums. We have also been planting berries that include Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries and Dew Berries. I am experimenting with pineapples and lemons, stay tuned on that one.

Chad with a blowtorch.

My family and friends are small business owners, educators, and hardworking individuals. They always took my calls and made time to give me advice. They really helped make this dream come true.

I started organizing my favorite recipes and those shared from my family and friends. I decided if I created sweet and savory cupcakes, I wouldn’t have to choose between being a chef or a baker so I became a chef who bakes.

At 4 &20 Bakers, we hope you will appreciate why we cook, bake from scratch and choose local ingredients because it just has to be worth it, and it has to be good.

Chad with award.

To me, if it doesn’t taste good, I don’t eat it. So if I am going to indulge, it better be worth it and it better be delicious.

Thank you for this opportunity and I hope that you taste the love.



Who makes us possible

Special shout-out to the people and companies that have made 4&20 Bakers a reality.

Albergo Allegria
Bed and Breakfast Lodging Inn – Catskills Mountains New York

Bean Wise Coffee
The smart coffee choice! Locally Roasted, Custom Ground.

CLH images
A great photographer located in Albany, NY

Home Style Caterers
Bring the taste of a savory home-cooked Italian meal to your special party or event.

Ithaca Coffee Company
Freshly roasted coffee, gift baskets, and more.

Juanita’s Soul Classics
Classic soul cooking comes straight from the heart.

National Veteran-Owned Business Association
Creating oppportunities for all of America’s veteran-owned businesses.

Portofino’s
Delicious Italian ristorante.

5D Creative
Creative company that does logos, corporate identities and more.

Statesboro Farmer’s Market
Creative company that does logos, corporate identities and more.

Holiday Pizza

Vandy’s BBQ

Painted Chef

Business Innovation Group