Breaking Bread Bakery

Breaking Bread Bakery opened its doors in January 2019 and is an exciting collaboration between two local not -for-profit organisations; The Esk Valley Camphill Community and Common Cause Community Interest Company (which runs The Dispensary, Skinner Street, Whitby).

A long-held aim of both organisations to bring good, hand-baked organic breads to their local communities came to fruition and a huge thank you is due to everyone who helped raise funds to convert the space and equip the bakery, through crowd funding and private donations.

Based at the back of The Dispensary, 25 Skinner Street, Whitby, this micro bakery aims to bring a spirituality back to bread, connecting it again to its roots as the staff of life, the heart of a meal, made with care and love, to be shared.

Community is fundamental to the ethos of the new bakery. Bakers include members of the Esk Valley Camphill Community, sharing their differing abilities and working together, whilst also developing training for members of the local Whitby area community to get involved and bake good bread.

The bakery team has been moved by customers’ responses to the bread. For some it rekindles memories of childhood, for many the aroma is savoured, the warmth of the loaf held close to the body. There is a personal connection with bread again. Customers are delighted to meet the bakers, discuss how the bread is made and share their own experiences. It is an opportunity for both communities to meet and grow.

At present Breaking Bread bakes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and supplies The Dispensary shop in Whitby, Danby Health Shop,  the Esk Valley Camphill Community & several local businesses. The bakery team intends to expand these days, opening up opportunities for more people to get involved with baking and also, in time, to offer classes and workshops in baking.

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