The Sweet Scones of Southern Humboldt
Flavors Cafe in Garberville has been serving signiture scones for over 14 years.
By Jasmine Lang | Images by Zara Messenger
Michael “Scones” Stephens has made an impact on the community of Humboldt County by leaving every customer with the desire of wanting more. As a self taught baker, Michael began making his signature scones to raise money for the kids at a local community school, where he worked as a caretaker for children. He began with a cafe for the parents at Beginnings school. Michaels goal was to raise money for the children, yet he was completely unaware of what would come next. The parents of Beginnings non-profit were so enthused by Michaels signature scones, they encouraged him to keep them coming. He started with a wonderful recipe from a cook book. Now, he celebrates over 14 years in the kitchen at Flavors in Garberville. Zara Messenger, the owner of Flavors, collaborates with Michael and together they have created a happy kitchen!
Michael begins his day by arriving at Flavors at 4 AM every morning. His signature scones are conceived in his personal flavorful oven. All scones are baked with organic flour and organic fruit. Michael works hard to create the pastry case full and desirable for all those coming through out the day. Flavors has become quite the daily social gathering for the locals as they enjoy coffee and delightful scones. The people of the community say they grew up on “Michaels Scones”. Children who are now adults, and taking their children to Flavors. Scones aren’t the only thing cooking at Flavors. They also offer grilled panini’s, wraps, Zara’s signature soups, and so many other great eats.
Flavors will be getting festive for this years Valentine’s Day. They will be serving Chocolate covered strawberries, which are a universal favorite and great for gift giving! There will also be a variety of cupcakes and sweet treats. In the new year, Michael will be expanding to gluten-free pastries. As he looks forward to many more years creating his signature scones, Michael will continue to be happy of the success of his signature scones. His love for the scones are so deep, he says that if he ever retires he will write a book entitled “Bake Scones and Prosper” while selling his scones on the beach. Michael began with a desire to help those around him, and now he has created a legacy of his own. People will always acknowledge Michael for his signature scones, whether you enjoy his fruit scones or the popular savory bacon scone. When you are enjoying your visit at Flavors, keep in mind the love that was put into your pastry by Michael.
People will always acknowledge Michael for his signature scones, whether you enjoy his fruit scones or the popular savory bacon scones. When you are enjoying your visit at Flavors, keep in mind the love that was put into your pastry by Michael.