Hello. We’re Bakeshop Californica, a community supported bakery in the east bay. We don’t have a store front but you can join our CSB program to order fresh baked goods to pick up in your Contra Costa County neighborhood.
We set out to make food inspired by our home state and family histories. We focus on simple, well-made baked goods, condiments and meals that feature seasonal ingredients and traditional techniques.
What is a CSB?
Some farms have box subscription services called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The idea is that, as a member of the CSA, you are connecting with and directly supporting the farm by committing to pay them for a season so they can invest in seeds, labor etc. The farm knows it will have an outlet for its crops and the person knows that they will get fresh food, straight from the source. Both farmer and CSA member run the risk of a pest infestation or a bout of bad weather but you also benefit from bumper crops.
Community Supported Bakeries, or CSBs operate under that same model but, since we’re baking things to order, we allow members to custom order what they want. Folks can set up recurring orders of our weekly sourdoughs and then order our seasonal treats and preserves as needed. We also make specialty items around the holidays including pies, buns, cookies, rolls, pretzels, pan de muerto and more. We’re also happy to take requests! By connecting directly with you we are able to keep our overhead and waste as low as possible. To further mitigate waste we package everything in compostable recyclable / packaging.
And what the heck does californica mean?
Californica is a species name used for many plants and animals found here in California. Some of our favorites are the California Quail, Callipepla californica and the California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica. We set out to make food that, like us, was inspired by our home state's cultures and climate.
California has a complicated history full of diversity, adversity and perseverance. We personally trace parts of our families in California many generations back and also are decedents of much more recent arrivals from other parts of the US and the world. The food we make is just as culturally confused as we are.
The golden state is world renowned for the quality and quantity of the food produced by its farms and ranches. The result is access for some to amazing ingredients but also a lot of inequality and negative environmental impacts. We do our best to source responsibly and support farmers who give back to the ground they grow on.