260 East Tenth Street | Traverse City, MI 49684 | (231) 947-0191

Monday - Saturday 7:30am-9:00pm | Sunday 9:00am-7:00pm

Oryana Natural Foods Market

Old Mission Multigrain

Old Mission Multigrain

 

The Brown family started Old Mission Multigrain in 2009 as a “recession business.” Pearl’s husband was a high-end recruiter. When the market crashed in 2008 his business came to a screeching halt. By 2009 they’d used up the family savings. The Brown family sat around the table and brainstormed about the future. One of their college kids suggested baking bread. Everyone laughed at first but the thought stuck. The child who suggested the idea moved back home from college to help start the business and is now in culinary school. The other two moved back from college as well and also work in the bakery. It is truly a family affair.

The bakery produces 100 - 200 loaves per day during summer and 75 - 100 loaves per day in winter. The kitchen runs 24/7 in the summer.

How do they make such a delicious bread with the flavor-packed crumb? The answer lies in a process called a slow, ‘cool’ rise (about 70 degrees) which allows them to use a very small amount of yeast. That process allows the bread to develop its distinct crumb.

Their bread is an honest labor of love. The family’s hands are the primary tools used in creating the loaves that are made with organic and local ingredients. Oryana was their first retail outlet and the family remains grateful and proud to have their products on the shelves here.

In addition to selling bread at Oryana, Old Mission Multigrain opened a new retail location on South Airport (1/4 mile West of the Cherryland Center.)