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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 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...


Oct 24, 2018

Giacomo Salata took the traditional Italian path to being a pastry chef, including deciding on his path in life at age 13.  But his career so far has been anything but traditional, taking him from his hometown of Padua to England, Saskatchewan and Ottawa, Ontario.

In this episode, Mark learns more about how one becomes...


Oct 17, 2018

Depending on how you count, Polestar Hearth has been around for 18 months or 10 years.  That's because 18 months ago, Jesse Merrill moved his bakery from his backyard to a gorgeous retail space in Guelph Ontario.  This little gem is now a hub for bread lovers from all over town.

In this episode, recorded on site at...