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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.

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...


Oct 10, 2018

Mark and Cindy are back from a massive road trip through Ontario and into the Midwest USA, checking out the amazing trees and lakes and visiting as many bakeries as humanly possible.

In this two-part episode, Mark shares his thoughts on the trip, with an emphasis on the wide variety of community bakeries they...


Oct 3, 2018

Michael Sellers left a successful business career to open his solo bread bakery in Peekskill New York.  And it truly is a solo operation, from baking to packaging and delivery to all over Westchester County.

In this episode, Mark and Michael talk about the ins and outs of running a subscription bread operation, the...