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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.

Nov 28, 2018

Suzanne Gessler was a social worker and city planner. In a way, she still is. As owner and baker at Penny Loaf in Winnipeg Manitoba, Suzanne is making sure her bakery plays a key role in her neighbourhood's vitality.

In this episode, Mark and Suzanne talk about changing careers to open a bakery, how she built a little...


Nov 21, 2018

Jessica Carpinone has a passion for bread, for her team and for equity.  And as co-owner of the Ottawa bakery Bread By Us, she's able to work in all her passions every day.

In this episode, Mark and Jessica talk about the impact of the recent tornado that hit the Ottawa area, how Bread By Us is there for the community...


Nov 14, 2018

Nicole Davis never planned to take over the family farm. But the call of the country was too strong, so strong in fact that she also bought the stone mill next door. As the owner of Daybreak Mill, Nicole is hard at work building connections with bakers of all sizes and transforming a staple product into a cool...


Nov 7, 2018

Bakery owners are on a mission.  We want to make the best baked goods we can and both feed and nourish our community.  We want a happy team, happy customers and happy farmers and millers too.

But is there room in all this happiness for profit?

In this episode, Mark shares his thoughts on the book Profit First by Mike...


Oct 31, 2018

After years and years of dreaming and planning to open her own bakery, Corina Gaffney is the proud owner of Great Lakes Baking Company in Hudson Ohio.  The bakery has been around for over 20 years and now Corina and her team are focused taking the bakery to whole new level of taste and happiness.

In this episode, Mark...