Alchemy Bread is a one woman cottage micro bakery. Offering handcrafted small batches of slow fermented, wild yeast cultured sourdough bread in the old world tradition. Loaves are made with stoneground flours, water, sea salt, and a bit of magic.
Alchemy Bread is run by Bonnie Ohara. Bonnie is a self taught sourdough bread baker who has been perfecting her craft since 2010. With a background in literature and art, she comes to baking with a visual style and runs her company with a heart for storytelling. When she's not baking bread in her 1920's bungalow you can find her bicycling the virginia corridor or dry creek trail with her 3 children, picking up veggies and fruit at the farmers market, or checking out cookbooks and picture books at the library.
You can read a bit more about Bonnie in a 2016 Modesto Bee article here: Sweet on Sourdough: Self-taught baker finds success
You can read more about our community, customers, and business model here: Alchemy Bread Blog.
Bonnie was interviewed on The Sourdough Podcast here: Bonnie Ohara of Alchemy Bread
Modesto Bee covered the success of Bonnie’s baking book in 2018: Modesto baker’s cookbook finds famous fan…
Where is your bakery?
Alchemy Bread is a cottage bakery in downtown Modesto, Loaves are made with love in a home kitchen, weekly baking schedule varies. Bread pickup details are sent via text or email after a subscription order is placed, or you can email to place a large order. Alchemy Bread is a permitted Cottage Food Operation or "CFO" with a food handlers license, business license & all recipes are approved by our county. Please remember to be respectful of our residence when visiting, and to model kindness and community spirit to my neighborhood, friends and other customers.
How can I buy your bread?
A few ways! One way is with a Subscription. Subscribers can sign up and pre-pay for a months worth of bread (one large weekly loaf) here on my site. Read more here. These sell out quickly each month, you can find out when then are available by following on facebook or instagram (links at bottom of this page).
On most Saturdays we have Saturday Bread. This is when I make many special seasonal flavored sourdough breads including roasted garlic & olive oil, rosemary & lemon zest, apple spice oatmeal, orange blossom, toasted sunflower seed etc. This bread day is very popular and convivial and comes with a long line so do be punctual for Saturday Bread, and do bring a friend, parent or sibling to keep you company or make new friends while you wait! Follow along on facebook or instagram to find out when Saturday bread is available and if I'm making your favorite flavor. Saturday bake is cash only, and first come first serve.
On summertime Thursday evenings we have "Friendship Bake". On these days you can pay cash or barter for a wheat sourdough loaf or baguette. Suitable barter is any homegrown food product (fruits, vegetables, herbs, backyard hen eggs) homemade food products (homebrewed beers, kombucha, salsa, tortillas, stroopwafel, homeroasted coffee, handmade tea) or locally produced foods from a company you work for (wine, olive oils, cheese, cream, grains, tomatoes, honey). To find out when friendship bake is happening follow along on facebook or instagram (links at bottom of this page.
Next week I have this fabulous party/ important business meeting/ special anniversary dinner/ hot first date/ friend that just had a baby who I am taking a meal/ family in town for just one day/church dinner/preschool fundraiser and your bread should be there! Can you make a special loaf just for me?
With enough lead time I will always try to make this happen for you. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org but please note! I do get a lot of emails so I usually sit down and reply to them all once a week, so please don't be alarmed if your email isn't answered immediately ( I probably just have dough on my hands)
Alchemy Bread cares deeply about the Earth and great care is taken to put resources back into our local community by supporting small locally owned businesses and craftspersons. Donations to local organizations, support for meal trains, sandwiches for the homeless, and modeling respect and compassion for all are simply part of the work week. Earth and Bread For All.