Artisan Quality Certifications – Organic, Non-GMO, GFSI, SQF, & Gluten Free

Many of our products are hand-crafted by skilled artisans in our Seattle and Portland Bakeries. We are proud to be locally owned and committed to our community, a healthy environment and social responsibility.

Artisan Breads

Our breads are made using traditional artisan techniques combined with the best local, organic, and natural ingredients we can find. We start with four basic ingredients; Unbleached Wheat Flour, Water, Sea Salt, and naturally occurring yeast. Thanks to our very own sourdough starters; our dough experiences a long, natural fermentation process to encourage the naturally occurring yeast.

All our artisan organic breads are certified organic by Quality Assurance International, a USDA-accredited certifying agency following the organic standards of the National Organic Program set by the United States Department of Agriculture.

We are Safe Quality Foods (SQF) certified by Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). SQF is the largest GFSI certifying agency in the US that requires a thorough and disciplined food safety system with routine surveillance audits performed yearly. The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a collaboration between the world’s leading food safety experts from retailer, manufacturer, and food service companies. See certificate.

Many of our artisan organic breads are certified kosher by Seattle Va’ad. The majority of our artisan organic Breads have also been Non-GMO Certified by the Non-GMO Project. We are also pleased to offer a line of Certified Gluten-Free breads.

QAI Certified Organic means that a product is certified organic in accordance with the USDA’s National Organic Program by the Quality Assurance International.

USDA Certified Organic** means that the product was certified following the standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program.

Non-GMO Certified means that a product is certified as Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project.

Kosher Certified means that a product is certified Kosher by Seattle Va’ad.

Gluten-Free Certified means that a product is certified Gluten-Free by the GFCO.

       Safe Quality Foods (SQF) certified by Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Hand-crafted Pastries

Our pastries are hand crafted using time-honored, labor-intensive techniques and premium quality, all natural ingredients making them stand out for their superior flavor and quality. These techniques and ingredients, combined with delicate, subtle flavor combinations provide an unforgettable experience.

Classical Desserts

Our desserts are a delectable mix of European-style technique and the highest quality, all natural, Pacific Northwest ingredients available. Everything is made in small batches entirely from scratch to create edible works of art that can be enjoyed for celebrations big and small.

**The USDA defines organic as a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. These methods integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.

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