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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.

Jul 17, 2019

Blair Marvin and Andrew Heyn are the epitome of bakers who are connected to the community.  Through their bakery, Elmore Mountain Bread and their stone mill building company New American Stone Mills, they are building a web of connections in rural Vermont. 

From the farmers who grow their grain to the quarries that...

Jul 10, 2019

In this solo episode of Rise Up!  Mark talks about the fear that generates when comfortable routines get broken and getting clear on who you are baking for. 

Whether you're reviewing your product lineup or looking at your front entrance with fresh eyes, it's important to remember who are the people that you are serving...

Jun 26, 2019

Ask a chef enough questions and you eventually get work in the kitchen.  At least that's what happened to Lisa Somerville.  After always finding extra waitress shifts and asking a ton of questions, Lisa embarked on a varied career as a pastry chef in restaurants and hotels, before finally opening her own bakery in the...

Jun 19, 2019


Mitch Stamm had a long and varied culinary career but truly soared when he switched to baking.   He is a long serving board member of the Bread Bakers Guild of America, renowned baking instructor at Johnson and Wales University and has coached the very best bakers in America via the Team USA competitive...

Jun 12, 2019

Joe Fitzmaurice comes from a long line of bakers and restaurateurs.  But when he and his wife Julie closed their successful Dublin bakery to move to a tiny Eco-village in Cloughjordan, he was making a statement about local community, local grain and the Common Loaf.

In this episode, Mark learns about life in an...