Slow Rise Donuts are a hit at Lawrence Farmers’ Market

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Slow Rise might be the name of one of Lawrence’s newest donut businesses, but its rise has been anything but slow.

This family-owned operation is known for their small-batch, handcrafted sourdough donuts, which owners Jeff and Jessica Dunkel started slinging at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market this season.


Slow Rise releases a new menu with weekly rotating flavors every Saturday morning. Jessica draws inspiration from seasonal flavors and local products offered by other vendors at the market.

Their success has led to long lines and even longer production times, as they’ve scaled up from producing 100 donuts per weekend to more than 500. In this video, they share how they got started and their weekly process to prepare for each Saturday market.

Saturday morning Lawrence Farmers’ Markets run from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. each week at 824 New Hampshire St. This season runs through Saturday, Nov. 19.

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Jordan Winter (she/her), a contributor to The Lawrence Times, is a 2019 KU grad with degrees in journalism and political science.

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