by: Niki Mosier, Grocery
Thanks to Linda Brink, the Oneota Community Food Co-op always has a supply of fresh, homemade lefse. Linda has been making lefse and selling it to the Co-op for almost sixteen years. Using her mother’s recipe, who baked and sold lefse since Linda was a little girl, Linda and her husband Gayle (who’s in charge of baking the lefse) produce over 3,500 lefse rounds a year. All of the lefse is made in “The Lefse Room” at Linda’s house in Waukon. Linda uses two wooden sticks handmade by her father in the 1950’s to flip the lefse. She wonders if they might be the secret to good homemade lefse!
One of the biggest challenges for Linda is making enough lefse to satisfy all of the customers who come to the Co-op looking for lefse during Nordic Fest. She even has to take time off from her full-time painting job to make it all, which she does from early morning to late at night, the entire week of Nordic Fest. Linda’s lefse is so good that she gets calls throughout the year from people all across the country who tasted her lefse at Nordic Fest and want some mailed to them, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas time. Linda has even mailed lefse to someone in England! Linda says that her biggest joy in baking lefse comes from knowing that she is carrying on a family tradition. She can remember the good lefse that her grandmother made for family gatherings. “When someone tells me my lefse tastes just like the lefse their mother used to make, I figure I must be doing it right”.