Raven Bakery is small market and wholesale bakery in Bellingham, WA. The bakery is focused on great food and ethical business. We bake wholegrain, sourdough breads that are flavorful and nourishing, and rustic pastries that emphasize our excellent ingredients, from local grains to seasonal produce. We bake for our community, to bring you your daily bread; for ourselves, to earn a living producing beautiful food; and for the food system, to strengthen the connections between farmers, millers, bakers, and eaters.
Sophie came to baking sideways from a background in farming and natural science. She started the bakery in 2014, and still builds recipes, mixes dough, bakes, rides bike deliveries, and occasionally remembers to catch up on bookkeeping and social media. You can read her post-bake, pre-market essays on food, business, bicycles, and other less bakery-relevant topics in the weekly newsletter, alongside the week's menu.
We want to make food that's good for the people who eat it and for the people and land that produce it. In an economic system built on the exploitation of land, labor, and natural resources, this is a complicated and possibly unattainable goal, but one we're committed to working towards. Right now, this means building relationships with local producers where we can and finding short, transparent supply chains where we can't. The results are imperfect but improving. The bulk of our ingredients currently come from the following sources:
BUTTER: wherever we can find organic, cultured butter. Often Larson's Creamery (OR).
EGGS: Broad Leaf Farm (Whatcom), Well Fed Farms (Skagit), Osprey Hill Farm (Whatcom)
FLOUR + GRAINS: Fairhaven Flour Mill (Skagit)
FRUITS + VEGGIES: Whatcom/Skagit farmers and our neighborhood gleanings
HERBS: the back garden
HONEY: BeeWorks Farm (Whatcom), The Valley's Buzz (Skagit)
MILK & CREAM: Twin Brook Creamery (Whatcom)
NUTS: Holmquist Hazelnuts, Hummingbird Wholesale
SEEDS & SWEETENERS: Hummingbird Wholesale
SPICES: Burlap & Barrel, Singing Dog Vanilla, Red Ape Cinnamon, Frontier Co-op