Angie Boehm never thought she would own a bakery. Especially, she admits with a laugh, because she can’t eat gluten. Now, however, sitting in the warm lobby of Wheat Montana, the rattle of kitchen tools and the aroma of coffee and cinnamon in the background, Boehm seems to be doing this all his life.
Seven months ago, Boehm and her daughter, Aren Wheat, bought the bakery from the previous owners, where she worked behind the counter in Montana. Boehm trained as a nurse and took a job at a bakery to learn new skills, something she never thought would be her whole life. When the previous owners were ready to retire and Boehm was asked to take over, he said everything fell into place. After months and hundreds of cinnamon rolls, Boehm now manages a team of bakers and baristas, connects with local vendors, and offers a wide variety of holiday-themed baked goods and gifts this fall and winter.
Wheat Montana in downtown Kalispell is one of four independent Wheat Montana bakeries that get grain from the company’s Three Forks farm. The highest quality flours and grains allow Boehm and his bakers to produce the Flathead Valley’s freshest muffins, cookies and the bakery’s favorite, cinnamon rolls.
The bakery offers six different cinnamon rolls daily, with a rotating “baker’s choice” of caramel apple, cranberry orange and pumpkin cream cheese this holiday season. To prevent extra baked goods from going to waste, Boehm and her staff are offering bread pudding made from leftover cinnamon rolls this fall.
In addition to dessert, Wheat Montana is a full-service deli serving soups, salads and sandwiches made with fresh bread. In honor of Thanksgiving, the Wheat Montana team presents a special turkey cranberry melt topped with provolone cheese, red onion and cranberry sauce and served on sourdough. Also on the menu with dairy-free pesto is a Turkish pesto sandwich, a nod to Boehm’s dairy-free daughter.
One of her favorite parts of owning the bakery has been connecting with local businesses, many of whom now sell their products in Wheat Montana’s gift shop, Boehm said. Bakery shelves are stocked with local and regional specialties in addition to Huckleberry Haven jams and jellies, Dark Side Fermenters kombuchas, Farmhouse Candle Company candles and Halle’s Honey. Boehm said he’s excited to give people a chance to do some holiday shopping while supporting businesses in and around the Flathead.
As the snow falls and Christmas lights decorate the valley, Angie and Aren Wheat continue to cook seasonal baked goods and serve breakfast and lunch from their Main Street store with the Montana team. Wheat Montana is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.