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Know Your Baker

Neighbourhood bakers play a hugely positive role in their communities. One that goes far beyond basic nourishment. Their stories deserve to be heard.

The Rise Up! Podcast is a celebration of bakers, the bakeries they create and the people they serve.

Join Mark Dyck as he talks with bakers and bakery owners from across North America and around the world. Hear about their struggles and triumphs and learn about the satisfaction that feeding a community can provide.

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Jan 27, 2021

Charlie Emers was a market gardener, but the outbuilding he had designed for vegetable storage was calling to him to be a bakery.  So he borrowed a mixer, bought an old oven and got to baking.  That was over 20 years ago and Patchwork Farm and Bakery is still going strong.

In this episode, Mark and Charlie finally chat...


Jan 20, 2021

Mark first heard of Rustica Wood Fired Bakery when he talked to Emily Cayer on the show way back in 2019. He was enthralled by this tiny bakery way up in northern BC, with its hand made bread and wood fired oven.

In this episode, Mark learns about Meg's start as a baker in Australia, building her oven in Smithers and...


Jan 13, 2021

Noah Elbers has a massive impact on the baking community from his farm and bakery in New Hampshire. Whether it's generously helping bakery owners and oven builders, or redesigning his bakery as a training and education centre, Noah is willing to go the extra distance to build a business that lasts.

In this episode, Mark...


Jan 6, 2021

January is often a quiet time at the bakery (at least compared to December!) so it's a great time to step back and reflect on your business and what needs attention.

In this episode, Mark shares how he and Cindy did their January planning at their bakery, and how a new book has helped him fix the gaps in his planning...


Dec 9, 2020

Mark shares his best tips for surviving the Christmas rush at the bakery.

Plus, near death experiences, tiny Christmas Orders, podcast plans for 2021 and a musical recommendation that you're going to love. Maybe.

Helpful Links

Metro's Christmas Album on YouTube

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