Mama Bakes Bread

Beautifully made artisan breads crafted with a focus on traditional techniques

Mama Bakes Bread Gift Certificates!

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What doesn’t go bad, go out of style, and is totally unique? A Mama Bakes Bread gift card! Available in 1, 2, 3, or 4 loaf quantities you can make the family foodie supremely happy. If you’re like me and still have a few folks on your ‘Nice List’ to check off, consider gifting them these one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers.


I recently read an article that suggested that we gift each other experiences rather than things.

Consider this: fresh bread is very much an experience… Engage all your senses: close your eyes and smell the freshly baked bread, you hear the blistered crust crackle as you slice through it and it gives way to the custardy crumb, simply begging for a slab of butter or a dip in some quality olive oil… YUM! This is one pleasant experience that will linger on your taste buds and presents an opportunity to share something wholesome with your friends and family.


Mama’s Bread is always fresh, hand-mixed, naturally leavened (sourdough) and made with organic ingredients. I purchase my flour bulk through Mr. D’s, another locally owned business.

A Mama Bakes Bread gift card is a lovely way to support your community this season while giving a completely unique and delicious gift to your loved ones!


See the Listing in my shop to purchase your gift card and it will be mailed out by the next day. Alternatively, if you would like to pick it up at my house we can make arrangements.

Gift Cards can be redeemed any time after January 1st.

Happy Holidays!


Getting the word out: Azure Standard

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Hello All!

Elena here from Mama Bakes Bread writing to share with you some information about a wonderful outfit called Azure Standard.

Azure is a family-run company based out of Oregon that sells a huge variety of organic bulk foods, produce, and natural products for the home and body.  

Why do I love them?  

-They have an incredible selection of organic flour that is minimally processed and has held up to my personal baking standards.

-My experience with them has always been positive - I have always found what I was looking for and never received a bad product-whether it was supplements or produce.

-They share my values.  I believe in the power of voting with your dollar and I feel confident that when I purchase a product from them that I am making good use of that philosophy.

-Their prices allow me to put more organic products into the products that I make for you without it costing an arm and a leg!

-I stock up on bulk items like rice, nuts, flour, oats, and seaweed (seriously my kids eat mountains of that stuff) that my family uses often to eliminate PACKAGING! I have a serious disdain for packaging.  

-Speaking of bulk items; the cool thing is that you don't have to buy bulk.  you could buy say one granola bar... but if you bought a package, or a case the price decreases significantly.

-They have a plethora of options for those with special dietary restrictions.

-Online ordering- you don't even have to put on pants!

While I wholly believe in buying locally when possible I feel that Azure is a great alternative for when you cannot.

So why am I telling you all this? 

Azure recently created a program that allows their constituents to "Share Azure" and receive a $25 credit to their account once the individual spends $100.  As a special gift for my Bread People, I'll be offering 15% off your next order if you use my share code and spend the qualifying amount.  To clarify:  I would not be sharing this information if it wasn't a company that I believe in and order from on a regular basis. 

How does it work?

First, go to

Then, enter code Elena3


1) If you like what you see, fill up your cart with the items you'd like to buy.

2) copy and paste your whole cart into an email

3) Send it to Annette (

4) Pick it up on the specified date and pay Annette via check or cash

Azure Standard is delivered monthly through a lovely lady in town who drives over to Riverton to meet the truck.  She then sorts your order and you go pick it up at her house just outside town.  Her name is Annette Yates and her email is  Annette is incredibly helpful and gives a lot of her time to help deliver healthy food to the community.

Our Next delivery is November 8th, so you have plenty of time to peruse the site and see if anything speaks to you.  I hope it can be useful to you!




Sign up for Bread Shares and get Free Bread!

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What is the Winter Bread Share Program?  In a nutshell:  it's the perfect antidote to a blistery winter day.  Every Friday you get the loaf of your choice delivered to your doorstep!

1. Pay for your month of Bread (online, check or cash)

2. Each week: choose your loaf (through email)

3. Open your door on Friday afternoon to a fresh, warm loaf!

4. Repeat!

In an effort to fill the last remaining spots on my Winter Bread Share list I am giving away a free loaf of bread to everyone who signs up for Shares this week!  That's right, return the form and deposit to me by this Saturday and get a free loaf of Rustic or White Sourdough bread!  Please fill out the form below to receive the full details and necessary form and you'll be on your way to a Winter filled with fresh, warm, hand-mixed sourdough bread- the Real Deal!

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Farmer's Market and Bread Shares sign-ups continue!

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This weekend at the Lander Valley Farmer's Market I will have:

Rustic Sourdough 

White Sourdough

Whole Wheat Porridge Bread w. Oats

Kalamata Olive

Cranberry Walnut

Rye w. Caraway

As always every loaf is naturally leavened, made with organic ingredients, and baked fresh through the night for the morning of the Market.

I'll also have the Take-N-Bake artisan Pizza Crust and some fresh peach galettes!

The strawberry-bluebarb galettes that started it all...

The strawberry-bluebarb galettes that started it all...


Here's the lowdown:

Become a member

A non-refundable $10 deposit secures your place on the Bread Share.  If you have participated in my Share program previously OR contributed to my Kickstarter campaign that fee will be waived.  There will be a limited number of shares available.  I will be offering members a four week bread share for $28.00 per share.  That’s $28 per month for one loaf of bread each week. 

Purchase online

            At the start of each month, you can go to where you will be able to select a product titled “Bread Share”.  The cost will be $28.  There will be an option for delivery with a fee of $2.00.  I am happy to deliver within 3 miles of Lander City Limits.

Choose your bread - Every week I will have the following bread available to choose from:

  •   Rustic Sourdough
  •   White Sourdough
  •   Whole Wheat Sourdough
  •   Specialty Bread of the Week

I’ll rotate through at least one of my many options such as: Roasted Potato-Herb, Cranberry-Walnut, Kalamata Olive…etc, etc… You will have plenty to choose from, and I will try to focus on what is seasonally available.

Delivery Schedule

October 5, 12, 19, 26

November 2, 9, 16, 23

December 7, 14, 21, 28

January 4, 11, 18, 25

February1, 8, 15, 22

March 1, 8, 15, 22

April 5, 12, 19, 26


The Details

  • Each week an order form will be sent via email on Monday and orders will need to be placed by Wednesday at noon for a Friday evening delivery.  All my bread requires soaking or fermentation of some kind so advance notice is necessary for happy bread.
  • Bread can be delivered within 3 miles of Lander, or you may pick it up on my front porch at 531 Shoshone St.  PLEASE NOTE: I cannot guarantee delivery in poor weather as I do not have a four-wheel drive vehicle. 
  • Bread can be left in a specified location if you will not be home.  You are responsible for your bread once it has been delivered.
  • All dates are subject to change or cancellation- You will be compensated appropriately in such cases.

Please Note: All products and goods have been produced in an unlicensed, unregulated, and uninspected home kitchen.  By purchasing these product buyers acknowledge and assume the inherent risks involved.

Please fill out the form below and I will email you the sign up form to be returned to me.

Name *

See you this Saturday @ City Park 9-11:30!

Weekend Market AND Bread Shares!

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We are on the cusp of another gorgeous weekend and the Lander Valley Farmer's Market!  I'll be there and several of your favorites will be back on my table.  Here's a look at what will be offered:

 $6.50 - Rustic Sourdough - Everyone's favorite tried and true.  With 10 % Organic whole wheat flour, you get a lovely nutty flavor and soft, open crumb.

$6.50 - White Sourdough - Just as good as the above, minus the whole wheat.

$8 - Whole Wheat w/ Organic Millet - hearty and healthful for the perfect toast.

$8 - Cranberry Walnut - Slather me with butter and call me breakfast!

$8 - Sesame - Loaded with toasted sesame seeds- delicious!

$8 - Roasted Potato Herb - This week i'll be using fresh oregano from my garden

$5 - Take-n-Bake Pizza Crust - made with organic bread flour and bakes up like a bubbly, flaky dream.

And lest we forget...


$4 - Rustic Mini Galettes with Organic strawberries and blueberries.

NOW on to Bread Shares


I'm getting started with Share sign ups early this year as I've had lots of folks curious how they're going to deal with bread withdrawals once the Market is over! 

 Never fear, Bread Shares are here!

Please fill out the form below and I will e-mail you with all the details you need to get  on the road to a cold winter filled with fresh, warm, sourdough bread.  

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Come by the Farmer's Market this Saturday at City Park 9-11:30 and enjoy live music, produce, dairy, fresh coffee, kombucha, and of course freshly baked artisan bread!  See you there.



It's Hump Day! A Look at this weekends Farmer's Market

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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

There's another Lander Valley Farmer's Market on the horizon and I am gearing up for all the action.  This week I'll be baking through the night to bring you some fresh, hand-mixed, artisan bread.  The following will be available:

Rustic Sourdough ($6.50 per loaf) The go-to table loaf that is perfect for all applications.  Rip off a hunk and nosh.  Slice and make the worlds fanciest grilled cheeses.  Sourdough french toast?  fahgeddaboutit!

White Sourdough ($6.50) Same as above, but with all white flour.  Mellow, sweet.

Smokey Paprika Sourdough ($8)  it's sultry- like the weather in Lander, Wyoming right now.  Pair it with some cool, tangy goat cheese and I think you'll be in Heaven.

Golden Raisin & Fennel ($8) Little drops of golden sun carry this loaf over your tongue- hints of aromatic licorice finish it off.  Utterly decadent.

Kalamata Olive ($8) This seems to be everyone's favorite bread! White sourdough embraces those lovely salty purple Greek olives.

Baking through the night gives you the absolute freshest bread available.  Put that in yer pipe and smoke it!

Baking through the night gives you the absolute freshest bread available.  Put that in yer pipe and smoke it!

I am also testing out some new flour - Sir Galahad Artisan Flour.  This flour is NOT organic like the previous bread flour I have been using, but according to all the fancy folks in the world of artisan bread it is THE flour to use.  Thanks to Locally owned Grocery store Mr. D's Food Center for searching it out and bulk ordering it for me!  As always, I strive to use mostly organic products in my bread from flour to fruit to seeds to herbs and will continue to use organic whole wheat and rye flours, among other things.

In other news:  I know that all the advice in the World will tell me to leave Politics out of my business, but I am going to donate a portion of this weeks sales to Together Rising.

 In my mind, every human deserves dignity, respect, and empathy.  There are children (5 year olds!) having to represent themselves in immigration court.  As a mother, my heart literally hurts knowing that many of them will never see their families again.  I simply cannot stand by and not try to help.  When I launched my Kickstarter I saw first hand the generosity of people in my community and beyond.  I will forever be paying it forward.

From their website: "100% of what Together Rising receives from your tax-deductible donations goes toward advocacy & reunification efforts for these families"  So when you buy your loaf this weekend, know that it is putting people on the ground to help the children.  Please also consider donating directly to Together Rising- one of my very favorite organizations.

The Farmer's Market will be hoppin' this Saturday morning 9-11:30 at City Park!  We'll have live music and lots of folks in town for Climber's Fest.  We'll see you there!




Summer Farmer's Market Season Starts this Weekend!

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The Market season is finally upon us!  Fremont County's best producers and artisans are gearing up for the kickoff market this Saturday June 2nd 9-11:30am in City Park.  There will be tons of vendors and live music-don't miss it!

Less than Great News:

The Rofco B40 bread oven has NOT yet arrived.  After another setback it's slated to come into the warehouse on the 31st and i'm hoping it will get shipped to me somewhere around the second week of June, but we can only wait and see. 

Great News:

I WILL be honoring all punch cards, but I won't have a ton of bread.  I'm going to work my booty off to make as much as I can, but I'm a one woman show over here and with three little ones i'm sure you can imagine it's not always easy.  

In the interest of fairness I will not be taking pre-orders.  In the near future I'd like to be baking twice a week: once for all the Kickstarter supporters and once for the Farmer's Market, but I will have to ease into it. 

The bottom line: get to the market early this week if you want to score some bread!  

Thanks so much for your support and I can't wait to see everyone!



4/21 Farmer's Market

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Last week's Garden Expo was tons of fun!  There were vendors galore with incredible goods and it was great to meet new gluten-loving faces and see my tried and true followers.  

Believe or not, this table was empty by noon...

Believe or not, this table was empty by noon...

I'll be around for the next two Farmer's Markets up on the hill and will open both up to pre orders.

This week I will have:

  1. Rustic Sourdough (contains some whole wheat)
  2. White Sourdough
  3. Cranberry Walnut
  4. Kalamata Olive
  5. Sunflower Rye

As always, my bread is made with organic flours and naturally leavened (sourdough).  

If you would like a loaf please shoot me an email and you can pick it up at the Farmer's Market this Saturday, or I will deliver after market within city limits.

Kickstarter Update- We are FUNDED!

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Friends, Family and Fans,

My Deepest gratitude for the support you've shown.  Not only are we funded, but the pledges keep coming in and we are at $4529 as of this writing.

We talked about this for MONTHS before taking the plunge, and I'm not sure I ever believed it was really going to happen.  I am a self-taught baker and this all came out of a curiosity to see what I was capable of and a drive to provide my family with nourishing food.  Being able to turn it into a means of income for my family is a gift that YOU have bestowed upon me- and for that I am truly grateful.

The Kickstarter will run until March 17th and all contributions made to that point will go toward a mixer and other materials needed for the in-home bakery.


THANK YOU for your support!



2018: The Year of Bread

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Last year was Full.  Ups, downs, and every iteration in between.  The tiny human I grew is already 8 months old, can you believe it?

Tiny Human, AKA Ruby

Tiny Human, AKA Ruby

 Here we are in a new year and I am pleased to be able to get back to doing what I love: baking bread for my Lander community.  I am totally inspired and coming up with new flavor combinations for sourdough and testing out recipes like a madwoman.  

I have huge hopes, dreams, plans, expectations for the business this year and I will tell you more about them soon.  In the meantime, thank you for being a part of the journey and letting me feed you.  Expect a website overhaul in the weeks to come!







Taking a pause for new beginnings...

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Spring is the time of new life!  The birds have returned to lend their voices to the morning hum.  The wildflowers are slowly poking their pretty heads up from the soil.  The kids have resumed their shoeless shenanigans!  ...And I am growing a tiny human that is set to emerge mid-may.  Yep, this Mama has been baking all kinds of bread this winter!

My seasonal bread shares are coming to an end on April 21st.  I will not be baking for our rad farmers market this summer, but I will still be participating on the board as much as possible and I am looking forward to all the exciting activity this season.

Bread Shares will resume next Fall.  I am looking forward to this time off to be with family and perfect my bread for next season. 

Don't forget to get your buns to the Lander Valley Farmer's Market every Saturday in City Park!  Have a glorious summer, friends.

This week in MBB: Bread Share Sign Up

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It's that time of year

When I begin to think about winter.  More specifically food, because I live for good food:  Soups, stews; hearty meals all topped off with a thick slice of bread and a slab of butter to chase away those winter blues.

I had such a good time last season that I am providing bread shares to the community again from November through May.  

Warm and Fresh.

Warm and Fresh.

I have created a document that explains the ins and outs of this seasons share.  View it here:

MBB Bread Share Information

If you decide that you would like to participate, you can then go to the online shop and purchase your deposit for your spot on the share HERE.

Once your purchase the share deposit I will send you a sign-up form and you will be on your way to bread heaven.  In the mean time, please get your bread fix on Saturdays at City Park at the Lander Valley Farmer's Market 9-12.






Digging into Spring

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Spring in Wyoming is similar to playing hide and seek with a child.  You know it's there somewhere, around a corner just waiting to pop out, but so good at eluding you before bursting forth and racing off to the next hiding spot.  

I am at peace with the unpredictable weather in Wyoming.  Though these days of drizzle/hail/sleet/snow seem long this moisture will set us up through our hot and dry summer.

My yard hosts two apple trees.  I love them like they're my children.

My yard hosts two apple trees.  I love them like they're my children.

Growing food and baking bread are very similar in my mind.  You take something simple: a seed or some flour, mix it up with some water, some care, a little love...and Bam!  You have lovely nourishing food, nurtured by your own hand.  It makes me feel like the richest person in the world.  

We spent last week converting a large portion of our lovely new green grassy yard into a vegetable garden:

A small break in the weather today saw us in the garden with fistfuls of dirt All. Day. Long.  Potatoes, peas, broccoli and cabbage got through the weather with their happy little leaves turned up toward the intermittent sun.  Kale and Chard in the ground.  Radish, beets, carrots, and rutabaga are tucked safely beneath the dirt.

We also finally got started on a project that has been months in the making: a geodesic dome greenhouse.  As sometimes happens, it didn't go quite as planned from the start and is smaller than we anticipated.  Nonetheless, it's a sweet little hobbity greenhouse for my heat loving vegetable friends.

Spring will ebb and flow for the next month or two here in Wyoming and we will brace ourselves and keep digging into the cool dirt.

Did someone say World Gardening Naked Day?

Did someone say World Gardening Naked Day?