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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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Jul 7, 2021

John Gerlach's family owned a bakery but John was convinced he would not be following in his dad's footsteps. But eventually, he found his way back to the dough, first as a bagel baker and more recently baking his own bread on days off for a growing list of happy customers.

In this episode, Mark and John dig into New York bagels in Pennsylvania, coming back to baking after early resistance, his plans for Hemlock Bread once his new oven arrives and the opportunities to collaborate on his own street.

Helpful Links

Fill A Bagel Website

@hemlockbread on Instagram

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Rise Up! The Baker Podcast website

The Bakers4Bakers Community

Mark's Blog, with the Bakernomics series

Mark on Instagram


Produced and hosted by Mark Dyck

Theme song and music by Robyn Dyck

Orange Boot Human logo by Fred Reibin