About Us

Delicious Bread

Crooked Tree Breadworks began baking hand-made, hearth-baked bread for locals and visitors around Little Traverse Bay in 1996. At that time the culinary landscape of the region looked quite different.

From the Beginning

In Petoskey, Michigan, 1996, it was hard to find a loaf of bread with a good crust.

Farmers’ markets were very few and far between, and iceberg lettuce still dominated restaurant salad menus. On most bar taps it was possible to choose from a few pale, yellow lagers, but you were pretty lucky if you found anything else.

Quality foods

Start In Northern Michigan

Since then, the landscape of northern lower Michigan has become fertile ground for quality foods!

Farmers, Bakers, Brewers, Roasters and Preservers have all contributed to a vital, growing food culture that increasingly defines our region.

Chefs have discovered the bounty of the region and have put their unique stamp on the culinary scene.

Fresh bread

Baked Fresh

At Crooked Tree Breadworks we believe quality endures.

Our commitment to traditional, time-intensive baking methods has not wavered since the first hand-shaped loaves emerged from our deck oven in 1996. Our goals remain the same for every product we sell:

Use first-rate ingredients and don’t take shortcuts.
The flavor will come naturally.

Bread Care Tips



Brush the crust with water and place the unwrapped loaf (loaves that have already been cut into should be wrapped in foil) into a preheated 400 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until it is heated in the center.

Bread Care Tips


Slice only enough bread to eat immediately. Use a large, serrated knife in a gentle sawing motion.

Maintain a crisp crust by keeping your bread in a paper bag with the cut side to the counter.

Bread Care Tips


If you plan to have your bread for more than a couple of days, keep in the plastic bag and refresh only when you intend to use. Freeze bread in a heavy plastic bag or double wrapped in food film. Thaw bread, wrapped, before refreshing the loaf.

Bread Care Tips


mail order products

Our breads are carefully made and will remain enjoyable for up to 5 days, longer if you freeze them. Even an old loaf that appears hard and stale can usually be revived with just a few minutes in the oven or toaster. To minimize moisture loss and shipping damage we bag all of our products in plastic. This will soften the crust.

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