{mosimage} Senator Patrick Leahy, a bread aficionado, will preside over a ceremonial "baguette cutting" to celebrate the grand opening of the new Red Hen Bakery at the renovated Camp Meade in Middlesex. 

On Saturday, May 17, the Red Hen Baking Company and Café will be holding a grand opening gala to celebrate their new location and state-of-the-art new bakery as well as the beginning of their new café, all located at Camp Meade on Route 2 in Middlesex.

There will be an assortment of locally made fare. Many of these local fare producers will be present to showcase their products along with Red Hen owners Randy George and Liza Cain and Camp Meade owners Lise and Don Wexler.

The grand opening is an opportunity to visit Red Hen's new home in the revamped former Camp Meade diner. Camp Meade has always played an important role in community and history of Middlesex. Patrons of all ages will be able to see the Red Hen's bakers through a pair of large glass windows.

"The Middlesex Historical Society is exhibiting in the lobby of the main building showcasing the long and storied history of Camp Meade. The importance of Camp Meade, which has always been a village within the village of Middlesex, cannot be underestimated," explained Lise Wexler.

"During the Great Depression, Camp Meade was a Civilian Conservation Corps work camp that housed workers who built much of the flood control that was important to controlling the Winooski River watershed. Camp Meade was converted to a roadside respite and motel which was later expanded to include a restaurant and a museum that recognized the efforts of our men and women during World War II," she continued.
Camp Meade enters the 21st century with the construction of the Red Hen Baking Co. Red Hen Baking Company is a producer of organic bakery products and a socially responsible business and employer. It is now housed in one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the state.

"Camp Meade will continue to be revitalized and redeveloped so that it becomes a place for similar new and growing socially responsible businesses, as well as providing new housing units for those seeking to live and work in the village of Middlesex," Wexler said.