I'm struggling. I've closed the Bakery storefront a month earlier than usual because my health is not great. I usually re-open in February. I have a lot to figure out before then as to when and if I re-open. It has taken me a few weeks to be able to be at peace with posting this here and on my web site. My children are and will forever be the most important thing in my life. It continues to be the greatest honor and joy to be their Dad. I have to make sure I am healthy and alive as long as possible.
In these past few months my compromised immune system and anemia have limited how much I can get done at the bakery. My crew is my family. They care and do so much for my children and I and to keep the business going. It pains me when I am unable to push through to get everything I need to get done and then leave them pushing through as best they can. Sometimes things are not to the caliber that we've maintained since opening 15 years ago because there is simply too much to do and I am sick in bed. They are amazing and it hurts to know that my health issues have led to extra stress on them as well as those supporting us to being disappointed. I'm so sorry for those who have experienced anything less than perfect in this past season.
I will not re-open until I am confident that what we do here is exceptional. In this place. This bakery honoring my Dad. It is more than a way to support my children. It is how I can make the world a better place for being who I am. Teaching my children and others lessons of embracing humility and gratitude. The importance of creating moments of joy and connection between each other on this journey. Dismissing the small things. Remembering what is truly important. I feel to my core this is where I should be and where I will dedicate the rest of my days.
I am not sad. Twelve years, two days ago, the night before My darling Ella was born, I was told I had advanced colorectal cancer that was through my bowel walls and in my lymph nodes. It was doubtful for me to be alive for more than a few years. I am blessed beyond words in so many ways. Every day I feel incredibly grateful. These chronic health issues are a constant reminder of how fortunate to be here to for my children and to brighten this world as best I can.
I am focusing on figuring all of this out. Thank you all for so much constant love and support. Never would I have imagined to have so many incredible people in my life who care so profoundly for me.
Thirteen years ago my wife and I fell in love with an abandoned restaurant with four tired cottages on three acres of wild blackberries and old growth redwoods on Austin Creek. It has been an exhausting/exhilarating labor of love that has enriched our lives in more ways than we ever imagined. We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we have!
Award Winning Breads and Pastries:
Nestled among the Redwoods of Cazadero is an oasis of wonderful fresh-baked breads and treats waiting to be discovered. Creating them is our daily work, our passion. We use only the best quality ingredients, local and organic whenever possible. With a warm and appetizing atmosphere to greet you, it’s as if you a stepped right back into your grandmother’s kitchen. Come in and stay a while and you will see why Cazadero is an undiscovered paradise. We look forward to welcoming you into our home.
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My Mom always told us to use the best quality ingredients, keep it simple and never compromise. We use organic flour and grains for all of our breads. We also feel incredibly lucky to be using Clover Stornetta Dairy for our butter, eggs and other dairy needs since 2002. The amazing vendors at the Sonoma County farmers markets we go to also provide an amazing array of locally grown organic produce and other supplies that we use seasonally in our goodies.
Come by the bakery to sip a hot latte or espresso made with fresh ground organic fair trade coffee beans on our Redwood patio surrounded by centuries-old trees (our oldest is over 1,200 years old!). In addition to breakfast, Raymond’s Bakery offers sandwiches or pizza for lunch.