QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Where are you located?
Our bakery has been located in Davis, California since 1986. Davis is a proudly quirky city, famous for bikes, solar homes, toads, its farmers market, progressivism, and its university (among other things). We do not, however, have a retail storefront (we’re opening one soon!). Our products are available at these Northern California farmers markets, via Farm Fresh to You, and by mail order via this website (products). Visits to our baking facility are by appointment only.
When is your retail bakery/store opening?
Soon! It will be located at 634 G Street in Davis, in the former Radio Shack location next to the Davis Food Coop.
What do you mean by farm-to-oven?
Farm-to-oven is our play on the increasingly popular local food movement terms "farm-to-table" and/or "farm-to-fork".
Wikipedia describes this as:
"[...] a movement which aim[s] to connect food producers and food consumers in the same geographic region; in order to develop more self-reliant and resilient food networks, improve local economies, or for health, environmental, community, or social impact in a particular place."
And while Sacramento prides itself in being "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital", the academic and technological engine of this movement is in Davis. The unique advantages of our region are not lost on us.
Because of our presence at +/- 40 farmers markets across 11 Northern California counties, we have have established unique links to many of the farms and agricultural producers in what is one of the most fertile, productive agricultural regions in the world. We source local ingredients and support local agriculture whenever possible. We use flours from Sacramento Valley wheat, milled just up the road in Woodland. We use Mariani nuts from Winters, local honey, plump California raisins, and Ghirardelli chocolate.
We have also fostered connections with the university. Our sourdough starter, for example, is based on a pure strain of Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis sourced from the UC Davis Food Science and Technology department.
For us, local food is not a movement; it's a way of life. And it has been since we opened for business 30 years ago.
Where can I buy your products?
We have stands at dozens of farmers markets throughout Northern California. Please click here to see all the farmers markets we serve.
You can also order some of our products through Farm Fresh to You.
You can also order many of our products on this website, and we'll ship them to you via USPS Priority Mail (or you can pick your order up for free at your local farmers market).
We do not have a retail storefront.
Do you offer anything that is gluten-free?
Is your bread organic?
We do not have organic certification but we do use organic ingredients in many of our products. We intentionally prioritize locally sourced ingredients over organic, and we source about 80% of our ingredients from farms and agricultural producers in Northern California.
Do you use GMO-free flours?
Contrary to popular belief, there is no genetically modified wheat commercially available in the United States. All the wheat flour we use is GMO free.
Is your bread vegan? Does it contain dairy?
Many of our breads are vegan. Our Salted Rosemary, Sunberry, Jewish Rye, Fermented French, and Sourdough Whole Wheat are all 100% vegan. Our Birdseed, Honey Whole Wheat, and Multi-Grain Whole Wheat have honey in them but are otherwise vegan. All of our breads are dairy-free (with the exception of our Challapeño, which has cheese on it).
Can I buy your products online?
Yes, you can order many of our products on this website, and we'll ship them to you via USPS Priority Mail (or you can pick your order up for free at your local farmers market). We also offer online ordering and shipping of Mi Abuelita Bonita tortillas, made in Sacramento by our partner, Madrid Santa Fe Trading.
Can I place a special order?
How should I store bread?
In most cases, you should keep bread in a dry location at ambient temperature, and away from direct sunlight, and eat it within two to three days. Depending on the weather, bread can go stale or develop mold more quickly. Refrigeration tends to dry out bread and speed up the staling process. If you want to keep bread longer than two to three days, wrap it in plastic and freeze it. When you're ready to eat it, let it thaw completely and place it it a hot oven for a few minutes, and it should retain its freshness.
Does your bread freeze well?
Yes! Freezing is the best way to store bread for extended periods. Freeze your bread when it's fresh; when you're ready to eat it, let it thaw completely and place it it a hot oven for a few minutes, and it should retain its freshness.
How long does your bread last?
Moisture content, packaging, ambient temperature and humidity, and other properties all play a part in how long bread lasts. While some of our breads can last as long as a week under certain conditions, we generally recommend that you eat your bread within two to three days.
There is a problem with my purchase. Can I get a refund or replacement?
Absolutely! We guarantee your satisfaction. If there is any problem at all with any product that you purchase from us, we will happily replace it or refund your money. Please let us know, and we'll always be happy to accommodate.
Can you donate product to my charity / non-profit / event?
In most cases, yes. We regularly donate baked goods to local schools, clubs, charities, events, etc. Please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss your specific needs.
Why don't you serve my farmers market?
If you think we should be serving a farmers market or local community that we are don't, please let us know. Talk to the market manager or contact the sponsoring association, and tell them that you want to see The Upper Crust Baking Co. Your voice is the most persuasive tool!
Are you the same as the upper crust in XXX?
No. We are not a chain and we are not related to any other Upper Crust bakery or pizza place or restaurant. We like to be referred to by our full business name, The Upper Crust Baking Company. Unfortunately, "Upper Crust" is not a very original name.
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