Two years ago, the group politely declined this journalist’s request for an interview in order to focus on their mission. At the time, you happened upon them only by accident or by word of mouth. Sometimes you would bump into them in public spaces, like at last year’s NAACP Historic Thousands on Jones Street march in Raleigh, where they gave out French baguettes. Otherwise, they stayed under the public radar.
“We saw what was happening with food in Durham. It was a really trendy thing and it was moving really quickly,” Stallmann says in retrospect. “And it seemed that there were a lot of people who would read our story as like a gourmet bakery or as a sort of trendy CSA. We wanted to figure out different ways to tell the story that felt a lot more grounded, and also figure out, with the entire bread team and membership, ways and structures that made sure we kept foregrounding people of color and low-income communities that we want to be rooted in.”