Angel Shares!

Oh Dear Breadfriends,

It’s a new year, and we face it with skepticism, hope, drive, and gratitude. Skepticism for the waves of pestilential nonsense that are unleashed upon us daily. Hope for the great arc and its eventual bending towards justice. Drive to do a little more this year than last, and with a little more grace and courage. Gratitude for our community, for this place, for our possibilities, for you.

But I strive to stay focused!

I have things to tell you about your BAKERY that you will want to know!

In this letter I want to let you know about ONE THING!

That one thing is our CAPITAL CAMPAIGN!

We are having a CAPITAL CAMPAIGN! Yes!!

Our goal is to raise ten-thousand dollars for infrastructure projects here at the bakery, including improvements in our pastry production, and a new ventilation system.

Fear not! We’re not asking for donations, but here is what we are doing.

We are selling $10,000 in “Angel Shares.”  

I hear you cry: What the heck is an “Angel Share”?

An “Angel Share” is an opportunity to buy a GREAT BIG BREADSHARE at a low cost.

We are offering five “Full Angel Shares,” for each of which we will bake 220 loaves, for $1000. That’s a mighty low-priced loaf of bread, and a very nice return on your investment.

And because we know that not everyone has that kind of money just lying around, we’re also offering ten “Half Angel Shares” at the $500 level, for each of which we will bake 110 loaves of bread.

If you are thinking.. How in the heck am I supposed to come up with that money? Consider banding together with friends! You can take your bread in whatever delivery size you like--Need 220 loaves for a wedding? Done! Need one loaf every other week for few years? It’s easy!  Anyway, you get it. This is a way for us to raise capital in the short-term and to offer you a nice deal in the process.

The shares work just the same way as current shares. If you purchase a Full Angel Share, you will give us $1000, and we will put $1210 on your account. If you purchase a Half Angel Share, you’ll give us $500 and we’ll put $605 on your account! That’s good money! Your breadshare will click along as ever, and you can continue to manage it though your Farmigo account.

You are welcome to buy multiples if you please.

If you are one of the Angel Share Holders from our first opening almost SIX YEARS AGO!!, your share is now EMPTY! You are welcome to purchase another! If you are one of our wholesale customers, you can see what a deal this is, and you might want to purchase one or more Angel Shares at these prices!

To purchase an Angel Share, you can simply add the share through Farmigo by clicking clicking on the MY ACCOUNT link at the top of the page.

If you would like us to help you with your purchase, please let us know!

We do ask that when you purchase an Angel Share, please do your best to pay by check or cash, rather than by electronic means.  If you have any questions, or if you just feel like donating money to our capital campaign, please drop us a line at wideawakebakery@gmail.com.

And there you have it!

I have many other things to tell you--about new markets, new faces, new projects--and I'll be writing to you about all that shortly.

Onward!

With gratitude and affection!

Stef

A Long Night. A Cold Morning.

Oh! My Dearest Breadfriends,

My heart goes out to each and all of you. Here we have been up till all hours, and then sleeping fitfully. Bakers do that anyway, but last night was different.

We started the bakery a little more than five years ago. Why? Because we were hungry for good bread. Because we wanted to work and play with our dear friends. Because it seemed like the right thing to do at the time. But it was more than that.

We built this bakery because we had a vision--of a place that would nurture our community, that would feed us all honestly and with the fruits of our shared soil and water. We saw the bakery as a place where skilled and hard work would be applied to simple materials, and that our work would then feed us all. We envisioned loaves shaped with care, each embodying our attention and love. We imagined those loaves shared and eaten, given away, or simply (if briefly) appreciated as a source of quietness. Nourishment.

There have been days--too hot or too long or too dry or too wet--when all of that has seemed a dream. But this morning, I feel it more strongly than ever. What I saw last night was half a country intoxicated by the pleasure of finally being allowed to openly express anger, resentment, and hatred. It is that awful pleasure that concerns me. I do not think it will subside anytime soon.

There will be plenty of work to do in the weeks and months to come.

For now, I wanted to tell you this about our bakery: we rededicate ourselves to kindness, to generosity, to difference, to complexity, to respect, and to reason. We rededicate ourselves to hard work, to vision, and most of all, to love.

With great and sorrowful affection,

Stef