The Bread Garden Bakery is one of those places that is best found out about on accident. Perhaps its the location of the bakery on a side street in which it is nestled in between two neighboring shops, or its unique yet simple architectural charm, that makes it seem that the bakery should forever keep its quiet aurora. This is one bakery that delivers so much more than a baked good, it offers an experience that mimics that of the traditional community bakeries found in the 50′s and 60′s.
Once getting past the cute and old fashioned outside decor of the bakery, inside we learned a bit of history. Bread Garden Bakery officially opened in 1973. Since then the baker has always wanted to stay true to that special location (who could blame him! ). Although the bakery can be considered small, you would never think it once seeing the large spread of delicious baked goods that are produced on site at the bakery.
The bakery strives to use as many organic ingredients as possible but firmly believe in using only local ingredients. Just some of these baked goods include, macaroons, brownies, cookies (including cranberry, chocolate, and sugar cookies), and tarts. I even noticed a tray of doggie treats for those lucky dogs whose owners decide to buy them a little something!
In regards to where their products are sold, the answer is that the majority of the selling goes on right inside of the bakery, with exception to selling some products at The Berkeley Bowl. I believe there is something to say about how local and simple Bread Garden keeps things. In many ways after visiting the quaint bakery I really did get a sense of being back in time, in this space that mimics how the traditional small town bakery used to be; simple, friendly, with great baked goods, and a heavy sense of care and commitment to the local customers that walk through the door. For that, I commend Bread Garden Bakery .