About Us

Delicious Bread

Crooked Tree Breadworks opened its doors for business in 1996. At that time the culinary landscape of the Little Traverse Bay 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 among 10 varieties of pale, yellow American style lager, but you were pretty lucky if they served anything resembling ale.

Quality foods

Start In Northern Michigan

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

Farmers, Bakers, Brewers, Roasters and Preservers have all contributed to a vital and growing food scene 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

01

HOW TO REFRESH YOUR BREAD

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

02

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

03

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

04

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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