Round River is a mythical waterway that feeds into itself, forming a circle. Writer Aldo Leopold took the idea of a round river as a metaphor in which “the current is the stream of energy which flows out of the soil into plants, thence into animals, thence back into the soil in a never-ending circuit of life.” Leopold applied the metaphor for thinking about not only energy cycles, but the choices we make and how the consequences of our actions come back to us.
Round River Baking responds to the relationships among the land, our community, and how we choose to live, in its use of regionally grown and milled organic grains, combined with artisanal baking techniques and a Community Supported Baking (CSB) business model. The result is fresh, delicious, healthy, and responsible local bread - right here in Pocatello, Idaho.
Land – Community – Craft . . . Join the Circle
More about our pursuit of our ideals: Our vision includes the long-term project of strengthening the circle of Land, Community, and Craft by getting to know organic wheat farmers in our area, and the land they are farming, weaving their stories with those of Round River Baking. We will also bring you ongoing stories about what happens to the wheat after harvest - through the milling process and the practice of our baking craft, as it makes its way into our local community through our breads.
Further, while we think our philosophy and the practice it guides is pretty solid, we use the term 'ideals' advisedly, as those things we hold up as worthy of our admiration, and which point us in a sound direction, even if we don't actually or always 'arrive.' Thus, while nearly all of our ingredients are organic, and many are locally sourced, not every one is both local and organic (and a few are neither). So we're not perfect...but hope we are in a good place, and moving in the right direction...