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Bernal Bakery: A Feed Partner Spotlight

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San Francisco is a bustling city that never sleeps, made up of rich, vibrant neighborhoods, and communities with their own unique history and cultural legacy. There is so much more to the city, though, that makes it beloved by many. Walk down Haight Street in Haight-Ashbury or Valencia in the Mission, and you’ll find quirky shops, world-class restaurants, cozy coffee shops, and people from all walks of life. Everywhere you look in San Francisco, there’s something unforgettable to find. The small community of Bernal Heights, a neighborhood within the Mission District is a hidden light within the city. Walking through the streets, it is clear how connected everyone within the community is to one another, from the “hi” and “hellos” exchanged by passerbyers to the business owners whose customers have visited them regularly for years.

Bernal Heights isn’t the first place on most tourists’ lists, and the neighborhood can even fly under the radar of long-time San Franciscans. A bit far away from the hustle and bustle of the Embarcadero or of Market Street, Bernal Heights has a charm that feels like a whole different world than that most San Franciscans and visitors are used to. Sprinkled with small markets, cafes, and shops, Bernal Heights provides a calm and peaceful atmosphere (in fact, many parents find this to be a great place for a first home!).

Bernal Bakery is a small, family-owned bakery located in Bernal Heights. Ran by Ryan Stagg and Danielle Banchero, this relatively young bakery provides a true story of the beauty of community, the ability to adapt to challenges, and the beauty of thinking out of the box. Like so many around the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic forced both Ryan and Danielle, restaurant owners at the time, to close shop due to a loss in their business. Left with no restaurant, they turned to another passion, their love for baking. Ryan and Danielle were already baking for their neighbors in Bernal Heights, so the couple decided to go one step further. They started selling the bread they were already baking, using a basket they dropped down to deliver it to customers in a COVID-safe manner. Soon, their bread and their unique solution helped them grow in popularity, and Bernal Bakery was born.

We were fortunate enough to sit down and talk with Ryan, one of the owners of Bernal Bakery, to hear more about his story of how the bakery came to be and how the community has helped shape the bakery to be what it is today. Hearing his story provided invaluable insights into the strength of small businesses and the power of the community to lift up others during difficult times.

“I have some customers who have been coming for almost 3 years straight, haven’t skipped a week and it’s just a great way to see them and get to know everybody.”
RYAN STAGG
“What’s really cool and special about our business is we’re a part of the Bernal Heights community which, anyone who knows this neighborhood knows how close-knit it is. It’s phenomenal.”
RYAN STAGG
“Apart from that, we’ve started selling at farmers markets and it’s just amazing to be able to service a community of people that take the time out of their day to go support local artisans and get outside and meet a lot of everyday people.”
RYAN STAGG

Bernal Bakery is a bakery is a one-of-a-kind business. It’s powered by Ryan and Danielle’s resiliency and spirit, their love for their community, and the humble belief that something as simple as baked bread can bring people together. While we are all far too familiar with the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, what you do to adapt and persevere shows your true strength, like that of Bernal Bakery.

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