Figg's is guided by a commitment to our local community. Whether that be downtown Chestertown, Kent County, the Eastern Shore, Maryland, or the greater Mid-Atlantic, we are committed to serving and uplifting our community. Through the foods we prepare to nourish our neighbors, the nearby farmers we go to for locally-grown, seasonal ingredients, and sustainable business practices we employ, our first priority is our community.
Figg's is working towards becoming a Zero-Waste business, and has already taken many steps to get there. We currently compost all food scraps, use compostable to-go containers, paper straws, and encourage all of our customers to bring their own containers when they are dining on the go. We source nearly all of our ingredients from local farmers and producers, and our dining-ware was made by local potter Marilee Schumann.
what is an 'ordinary'?
“Ordinaries” provided a communal table around which travelers, politicians, and townspeople could share a meal and pause for conversation in the days of Colonial America.
Chestertown, a colonial town founded in 1706, maintains its historic charm while also adapting to modern life. The name Ordinary is particularly fitting as a colonial term for tavern, a place offering food and drinks. We thought we would recall this colonial use of the word as we welcome visitors and residents!
We hope that Figg’s Ordinary's downtown Chestertown location, in the heart of the historic district, provides the space for the same type of gatherings had in colonial Ordinaries; a central location with food and drinks for friends to take a quiet moment out of their day for meaningful conversations.
who is figg?
Figg was one of Ingrid’s beloved miniature dachshunds and Figg’s happy and spunky spirit inspired the name of the bakery. Although Figg passed on to the great kennel in the sky too soon, her memory lives on and always makes Ingrid smile, just as she hopes her products make you smile.
why gluten free?
Figg’s is a dedicated Gluten Free facility, making our products safe for those with serious food allergies or Celiac Disease. We use alternatives to wheat flour such as almond, buckwheat, coconut, millet, oat, sorghum.
Additionally, we offer a variety of dairy free, egg free, nut free, and vegan products for our customers with other dietary restrictions whether medical or by choice.
While sugar is still sugar, we use no refined sugar and instead use less refined alternative sweeteners such as coconut sugar, Maryland produced maple syrup, and local honey.
Figg's Ordinary began in 2015 as a stand in the Chestertown Farmers' Market. Our founder and CEO, Ingrid Hansen, began experimenting with gluten-free baking after her youngest daughter developed a sensitivity to gluten and struggled to find gluten-free products that were at once fresh, delicious, and made with quality ingredients. After experimenting for a few years, Ingrid had developed delicious, healthy gluten-free recipes, and wondered whether Eastern Shore residents also had a hunger for these kinds of foods. Figg's success at the Farmers' Market proved the presence of a hunger for healthier options on the Eastern Shore, and Ingrid soon began searching for a location to make Figg's a brick-and-mortar café.