When Megan Gordon got pink-slipped from her high school teaching gig, it didn't take her long to realize what it was she wanted to do: become a baker. “I felt that I'd reached the end of a road,” Gordon says, “but I always loved to bake. Even if we were doing Shakespeare, I'd bring something baked to class that tied in with it somehow.”
Last fall, after a couple years of freelance food writing, Gordon made her move, launching Marge Bakery with a regular Saturday slot at the Marin Country Mart farmers' market in Larkspur Landing. Gordon is one of 12 pastry shops who'll be selling at Sunday's One Love bake sale at La Victoria, organized by SFoodie as a benefit for the S.F City Clinic.
Marge does classic American baking: pies, cookies and bars, granola, and something Gordon calls Mo's. “They're made with Valhrona chocolate and fall somewhere between a MoonPie and a traditional Oreo,” Gordon explains. The name? It's Gordon's grandmother's. “Since we do nostalgic American desserts, I was looking for a punchy, old-school woman's name.” Gordon's dad suggested grandma Marge. It stuck.
Heath Ceramics has started selling Marge granola at the Ferry Building, and Gordon's done a couple of SF Underground Markets. Meanwhile, she says, she's planning some future brick-and-mortar shop, probably in the East Bay. “I want to have a storefront, but I want to grow slowly,” Gordon says. Stop by La Victoria Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., buy a Mo for a good cause, and say hi.