Cascade Baking Company is a
locally owned and managed community bakery located in historic
downtown Salem. The bakery houses a brick oven handbuilt by the
owners, Stephen Perkins, Debra Edwards, along with family and
friends. Guided by the renowned oven builder Alan
Scott, the crew built Cascade Baking's brick oven literally
from the ground up. This style of oven is a re-creation of the
old bread ovens still found in European villages.
Like the old-world ovens our brick oven has no internal burners.
The oven chamber is heated by natural gas through a manually inserted
natural gas burner. This unique hearth oven relies upon heat stored
in the massive oven structure to bake our breads. This process
reduces the daily consumption of natural gas by over 70 percent
compared to other traditional gas-burning bread ovens.
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As a community bakery we are committed to providing an array
of breads and baked goods to satisfy the many diverse tastes of
people visiting our bakery. We only use fresh, local ingredients
and high-quality flours.
Cascade Baking Company is committed
to fostering vitality in the local economy through local purchasing.
We purchase our raw ingredients from local sources thus stimulating
local economies. For example, we use only seasonally fresh fruit
from local farmers and honey from the Willamette Valley. We are
especially pleased to use flours certified through the Food
Grain flour is produced by a group of family grain farmers
located in Washington and Idaho. This group known as Columbia
Plateau Producers has developed a high gluten flour perfect for
bread baking. We also purchase organic, shade-grown, fair-trade
coffee from local coffee roasters, Royal
Blue Organics in Eugene, Oregon, who in turn purchases the
coffee beans directly from a farmer's cooperative in Chiapas Mexico.