We place orders with vendors days ahead of pick up so that they can plan their production, reduce waste, and give staff time to make their amazing products. This also allows us to limit our environmental impact and reduce delivery fees for you.
Carol LeValley & Josh Harris started Rustic Bakery on a whim in 2005. The couple found their passion for baking in a simple sourdough flatbread cracker that Carol would whip up for friends. They stopped at the San Francisco Ferry Building outlet of Cowgirl Creamery, and mentioned to owners Sue Conley and Peggy Smith that the cheeses deserved artisan crackers. The Cowgirls bit, literally, into a sourdough flatbread and immediately placed an order for 50 cases.
As far as they know, it’s the only handmade sourdough flatbread anywhere. A cracker is simply flour, water, and salt. Rustic Bakery's crackers rise slowly and ferment like bread. The flavors specifically complement cheese — like Cowgirl's Mt. Tam. Ingredients remain strictly local, organic when possible as well as globally sourced.
The business has grown to four cafés and a wholesale division with 28 products. Carol and Josh can still remember sitting at the kitchen table and seeing their first tray of crackers come out of the oven. It was such a thrill.