The reality of the new bakery and storefront has changed the landscape for our family and we’ve had to make the difficult decision to put the BreadShare on hold. The clerical load of the BreadShare now outweighs its benefits, and anything that can be done to simplify the workload and stresses of running a busy bakery with a four employees, and get me a little more sleep, has to be embraced. Who knows? It may return someday soon, modified to fit the world we now live in!
It was in the Fall of 2007 that I went through the big life change that birthed Polestar Hearth and brought the BreadShare to life. The invention of the BreadShare enabled us to run a low-overhead business from our home with a reasonable amount of stability and a creative connection to the community for nine and a half years! With the new bakery open now for 5 months, and the Winter BreadShare all finished up, Spring is sweeping a few old cobwebs out and giving us new vision for the coming times.
We will be solidifying and posting a regular Bread Schedule soon, meantime please follow us on Instagram or Facebook for regular updates.
How did it work?
Subscribers paid up-front for a season, generally lasting 16 weeks. You filled out the online form (yup, there was a big button up there!) selecting your loaves for the duration of the share and then paying in advance for the whole term. Each week, you stopped by our bakery and picked-up exactly the wondrous creation you ordered and enjoyed it with your friends and family. It was that simple.
Each BreadShare session ran for 16 weeks.
Shares were flexible, you could buy as many or few loaves as you wished, skip weeks, whatever worked for you and your family! You need not have order bread every week.
Shares were available for pickup only at 535 Woolwich St between the hours of 10 and 6 on Share days.
Should you have forgetten to pick up your bread on the baking day, you may have found it the next day between 8am and 5pm, after which we found a good home for it.
We hope you Enjoyed!
Community supported endeavours make a way for artisans and farmers to operate sustainably with a wise mix of traditional and forward thinking skills, low overhead, simple tools and a web of community to uphold them physically and spiritually.
You never had to worry about that sinking feeling some get when the "Sold Out" sign goes up in our window. You saved about 10% off the retail price of our breads. And you helped us have a solid backbone for our weekly calculations and costs.