Bread Box and Bakery, Perkasie, PA: 34.2 Miles

Founders J. Ryman Maxwell of Perkasie and Vern Moyer of Silverdale opened Bread Box & Bakery in 2014 “with the hopes of bringing fresh baked, artisan breads and pastries back”. The bakery’s mission to embrace old world style is best represented by the integrity of their ingredients. “We source whatever we can locally,” says Ryman. This includes honey from Everich Honey Farm and milk from Penn View Dairy Farms.

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We had the opportunity to asked founder J. Ryman Maxwell a few questions:

How does the local community play a part in your business?

Community is very important to us. We love the area we live and work in and know a lot of the families and people here. It’s our way of giving back, and helping others grow. We are Bucks County’s first and only CSB (Community Supported Bakery). We offer bread and pastry shares for participating members.

Do you use any locally produced ingredients?

We use whatever we can from the surrounding area! Milk, flour, honey, syrup, herbs, fruits, and vegetables, to name a few. More and more people want to know where their food comes from, and they want to be a part of that cycle. Most of the flour is grown in Lehigh, Lancaster and Bucks County – milled at Castle Valley Mill.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your staff – where did your passion from baking arise & where were you trained?

Our passion comes from flavor! We want something that tastes good but is also good for you. Our staff is trained and educated from culinary schools in Philadelphia, New York City, and New England. I love bringing our customers new versions of the old classics. I like to infuse organic, natural, and local ingredients into comfort foods.

In a holiday season filled with pies of all varieties, what makes yours the best?

I know that our pies are of the highest quality. We use unbleached and unbromated flour and imported double cream butter – this makes for a favorable, flaky pie crust. We also grind our own spices which gives the pies an added depth of flavor. Our pies are free of additives and preservatives.

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