This is Tree Stone bakery in Old Strathcona. I love living near such a great bakery, and I would include walking distance to a local bakery on my list of must haves when choosing where to live.
Nancy Rubilak, the Tree Stone's owner/operator, buys almost all of her ingredients from local farmers, and uses organic ingredients in many of her creations. Plus, I love the fact that I can buy bread in one of the reusable cloth bag that she sells.
Green Choice, Great Food
The Tree Stone bakery is a very green choice because it reduces food miles and packaging, and encourages organic farming practices. Plus, the bread, pizza dough and pastries (including Tree Stone's world famous chocolate brioche) that Nancy's team bakes everyday is to die for. This is quality food that makes any meal a treat.
Artisan Bread - Tree Stone Bakery
I've always admired Nancy's gumption. She started the Tree Stone bakery almost 10 years ago for the love of baking delicious bread using traditional techniques. In a province where "ethical" jobs are, to say the least, hard to come by, Nancy created one (several, actually) out of thin air. She may not have realized it at the time, but she is one of Edmonton's early green entrepreneurs - offering Edmontonians a high quality, low carbon, minimally-packaged product.
I don't doubt that Nancy works extremely hard to keep the bakery going, and I'm grateful for it. The Tree Stone makes my neighbourhood a better place.
Nancy Rubilak engages a four-year old fan of her bread
Tree Stone Bakery is at 8612-99 Street (Phone 780- 433-5924). I highly recommend taking a walk, bike, or bus to her little establishment.