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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Josey Baker's Bread Comes to Bi-Rite

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 4:07 PM

click to enlarge This is Josey Baker's bread. - JONATHAN KAUFFMAN
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  • This is Josey Baker's bread.

Josey Baker, the itinerant baker whose "community supported bread" SFoodie wrote about in February, has made a lot of changes since this winter. His weekly baking session in the wood-fired ovens at Pizzaiolo has moved from Tuesdays to Fridays, and on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, he's been selling bread out of Mission Pie (2901 Mission at 25th St.).

Since we last spoke, Baker's production has tripled, his retail sales have grown from 100 loaves a week to 300, and he's brought the CSB to Adobe employees. "I've been thinking a lot over the past week about how [baking bread] has definitely happened for me," he says. "I'm selling a lot of bread, and it's my main source of income. I'm so pumped on it! I can't believe it's happening so quickly."

click to enlarge This is Josey Baker. - JOSEY BAKER
  • Josey Baker
  • This is Josey Baker.

Last week, Baker announced a new outlet: Starting tomorrow, every Wednesday and Thursday at 5 p.m., he will deliver -- by bicycle -- around 20 warm loaves to Bi-Rite Market (3639 18th St. at Guerrero). He's posted the weekly schedule of breads he'll be selling there on his website; all of them will cost $5.25.

Baker is selling a few extra varieties of bread at Mission Pie, and he's still accepting subscribers to his CSB, with pickup locations in San Francisco and Oakland (on Fridays only). In addition to the full-sized loaves, you can also buy his new pocket breads through Mission Pie. "They're essentially rolls," he says, "but they have all sorts of crazy shit in there."

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