German Biochemist Albert Gyorgyl once stated, “discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought”, and a discovery is exactly what I made when I ventured out to Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station. Although a hour treck from San Francisco to the bakery, I was humbled by the small yet welcoming and communal town. What sets this community apart from others, is its pride and focus on local and sustainable foods, which is why it was no surprise to walk through Bovine’s doors and be greeted by some of the freshest and tastiest looking baked goods!
Bovine Bakery was established 20 years ago by owner Bridget Devlin who believed in keeping the location of the bakery the same since the very beginning of the establishment. I was impressed to learn that all of the ingredients are local and some are organic, including the butter and flour . As one of the workers at the bakery informed me, all of the ingredients are sourced locally from surrounding establishments like Brick Maiden Bread, Thanksgiving Coffee, Chai Baba, and Marin Sun Farms. The list of course goes on and the more local places named, the more I began to realize the inspiring and strong connection the bakery has with its fellow establishments within the area. This close knit relationship between establishments is a key to not only healthy dialogue between food establishments, but a vital component to food transparency.
We asked the famous question, “which baked good/goods are favorites amongst costumers”, and of course the reply was that there isn’t just a favorite. However I learned that the Almond Muffin is pretty popular along with the fruit pies. There were also crossants, cookies, danishes, quiche, soup, and a variety of coffee and tea. It is common knowledge that there is on any given day a line outside the door of eager customers awaiting the fresh goods.
So to follow Albert Gyorgyl quote , Bovine Bakery might seem like many other bakeries on the outside, but once stepping inside and learning its story, I developed an appreciation for the bakery’s commitment to local and organic foods, as well as open dialogue, that I might not have developed, if I hadn’t taken the journey out to Point Reyes Station. So for the treck, I am thankful.
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