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Abby Clyde bakes for farmers' market

Press Photo by Linda Sailer Abby Clyde, right frosts a batch of key lime cupcakes with Emilee Matthews ready to add the sprinkles on Wednesday in Clyde's kitchen.

Abby Clyde uses her baking skills to sell a variety of baked goods at the Roughrider Home Growers farmers' market.

With Emilee Matthews, 8, as her sidekick, they sell cupcakes, cookies, breads and toffee at their table.

"It's really fun for me and a way for us to generate a little more income," Clyde said.

Matthews, who lives with her family in Clyde's basement apartment, has a favorite job in the kitchen.

"I am the taste tester," she said.

"She does the sprinkles too," Clyde said. "And she's my baby saver -- she gets both of them to quit crying."

Clyde's family includes two babies in diapers -- Konner, 1½, and Bella, 7 months. Her fiancé is Zachery Boland.

Clyde started selling baked goods with this year's farmers' market.

"I almost sold out the first day, and we've done very well," she said.

Clyde grew up cooking in the Cowboy Café in Medora, which is owned by her parents. While she specialized in café food, she credits her great aunt, the late Joan Kittelson, for giving her a Home on the Range cookbook to try new recipes.

Emilee's favorite flavor is red velvet cupcakes. The secret ingredients are buttermilk and apple cider vinegar.

"We're going to try a dirt cup cupcake -- it's chocolate frosting with gummy worms sticking out," Emilee said.

Clyde revealed her secret ingredient for flavors and the vivid colors was Kool-Aid.

"Yesterday, we put cherry frosting and lemonade frosting in the same pastry bag and it swirled like flames on the cupcakes," Clyde said.

"We've tried different batters, some which didn't turn out," she added. "We sample and try a lot. Friday, I baked two batters that didn't turn out and I ended up throwing the batter away."

The winners have been red velvet, German chocolate and key lime, she added.

"Everything is from scratch, nothing is out of a box," she said.

At last week's farmers' market, Clyde introduced pie cookies, which sold out within 10 minutes.

Clyde does most of her baking in the late afternoon and evening. Sometimes, she packages until 3 a.m., and wakes up at 7 a.m. to put banana bread in the oven.

Clyde plans to continue selling Saturdays at the farmers' market, and will include Tuesdays when she has a babysitter. Sales start at 10 a.m. at the Dickinson Charities Bingo parking lot.