Our Story

Imagine a world where the craftsmanship of the baker, the fragility of our planet, the integrity of the organic farmer, the strength of community and the simplicity of real food are valued and nourished.

 

At True Grain, this is the philosophy that guides everything we do. For us, it’s all about reconnecting people with their food.

 

The modern practice of food production is driven mainly by convenience and economic benefit. Over the years it has brought humanity everything from a barrage of chemical preservatives to genetic modification. The long-term outlook – for our collective health, our communities, and our planet – is simply not sustainable.

 

Since our first bakery opened in Cowichan Bay in 2004, we’ve poured our passion into creating the very best local, handcrafted, organic bread and pastries (and cookies – we make delicious cookies). Our bakeries in Summerland (opened 2012) and Courtenay (2017) have become destinations for bread lovers in the Okanagan and Comox valleys.

 

It starts of course, with the grain itself. We use 100 % BC-grown organic grain for everything we bake. From ancient grains like Einkorn, Emmer, Rye, Khorasan and Spelt, to heritage wheat like Canada’s own Red Fife, we buy directly from organic farmers close to home.

 

We stay “true to the grain” when we stone mill the grain into flour, by milling at low temperatures and adding no preservatives or conditioners. Each day our talented bakers made hundreds of loaves and pastries by hand, using tried and tested European-inspired recipes. We don’t skimp on quality, and we never cut corners. The result is bread that is wholesome, full of flavour, and is simply a joy to eat.

When we step back, we see the network our passion has helped to create: a sustainable, BC-based food system made up of organic farmers, talented tradespeople, and you – our customers, our community members, our friends.

 

Robert Browning said “If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” We think we’ve got the recipe right. We hope you’ll visit us and taste for yourself.

True Grain Cowichan Bay
(est. 2004)

True Grain Summerland
(est. 2012)

True Grain Courtenay
(est. 2017)