Doughnuts never go out of season. What you get in and on your doughnut from Buttermilk Provisions may change, though, depending on what's available. That's where Dana Morris, owner of the new doughnut-driven bakery in Wesley Chapel, focuses much of her efforts.
"We're looking at what's in season and what we can get locally," Morris said.
Her quaint shop, which quietly opened in mid-May at 2653 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., rotates its menu based on what Morris can get her hands on — literally. She's picked peaches and blueberries from local farms to put into her doughnuts (which are baked, not fried), and she plans to pick blackberries for a new batch later next week.
Even basic ingredients, like milk, eggs and flour, are organic and locally sourced, she says.
Because the Buttermilk Provisions lineup changes weekly, doughnut options range from earl gray lavender blueberry, cinnamon sugar and apple cider cake with a maple bacon glaze to Fluffernutter (because "peanut butter is always in season"), chocolate tiramisu and the best-selling lemon-blueberry. There are vegan and gluten-free varieties, too.
According to Morris, the shop sells out every day.
With a range of other nibbles and treats, including lattes, quiche, vegan banana bread and jams (plus house-made sodas like the watermelon flavor featured this week), Buttermilk Provisions has already earned a ton of community support, which Morris values.
Since opening, she's doubled her staff to keep up with the shop's growing popularity.
"The community has been very nice and sweet and supportive," she said.
The shop will hold its ribbon-cutting ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. July 6, followed by a grand opening when the doors open at 7 a.m. July 8. During the celebration, she'll expand the provisions section of the store to include more vendor products (think soaps, lip balms, Buddy Brew Coffee and teas from Kaleisia Tea Lounge). Specials, baskets and other giveaways will be offered throughout the event.
While Buttermilk Provisions is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Morris says she aims to debut a new set of hours. These will allow the bakery to operate seven days a week, with potentially extended hours Monday to Thursday.