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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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Apr 26, 2023

Charlie and Hilde Muller were bakers before they moved to the middle of the forest in western Michigan and began carving a home, a bakery and a life from the woods.  Laughing Tree Bakery has been going strong for the past 14 years, feeding the people via the Muskegon Farmers Market and several stores and cafes in the region.

In this episode, Mark, Hilde and Charlie swap stories about their shared baking ancestor, Alan Scott, discuss the early days of Laughing Tree and dig into why the Mullers may have a leap or two left in their baking journey.  It's a fun, wide ranging talk that lingers on a core question of life:  why (and how) do we choose our path?

Helpful Links

Laughing Tree Bakery

@laughingtreebakery 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

Production Assistance by Leah Hayward