At age 5, Jackson Flock might be Estacada's youngest businessman.
Last summer, Jackson and his parents Jasmine and Thaddeaus launched the Little Muffin Man. Jackson, who will attend kindergarten at Summit Learning Charter this fall, enjoyed spending time in the kitchen and began baking muffins — with the help of his parents — for people he knew at church.
Every week, the family would deliver muffins for fellow congregants at Metro Church of Christ in Gresham.
"A few dozen muffins became a few hundred muffins," Thaddeaus said.
One customer referred to Jackson as "the little muffin man," and the name stuck.
The family started taking orders for Jackson's muffins and scones and advertising on local Facebook groups and on a page of their own, Facebook.com/thelittlemuffinman2020. They meet customers to pick up orders at the Estacada Public Library and Sandy Fred Meyer.
Jackson said his favorite items to make are pumpkin scones, and the best part of the baking process is selling his creations and sharing them with others.
Thaddeaus, who has a degree in culinary arts, said the baking project has been valuable to keep Jackson occupied during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Along with muffins and scones, Jackson has also been learning how to create cake pops. One of his recent orders was creating a batch of the cake pops for a 90th birthday party.
On Sunday, July 4, Jackson set up a lemonade stand along the route of the annual Estacada Independence Day parade and received several special visitors. After participating in the parade, a team of Estacada firefighters stopped by for lemonade and baked goods.
Jackson enjoyed meeting the firefighters and said the best part was "seeing inside the fire truck."
Future plans for the Little Muffin Man business include hosting another lemonade stand and creating additional cake pops. Jackson hopes to earn enough money to purchase a trampoline.
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