Rock Hill Bakehouse
Rock Hill Bakehouse
VERIFIED business since Apr 2015
We are handmade hearthbaked sourdough breads and biscotti. Started in a farmhouse in upstate NY in 1986, we have now passed our first quarter century. We have garnered high praise from Bernard Clayton, James Beard, Florence Fabricant, Mimi Sheraton and Ed (a guy who lives down the road). We love food and people and we work very hard to make a living doing what we love. It's pretty cyclical.
I buy local (as stated earlier) but I also founded a food coop and give it free space to grow. I serve on several arts boards which promote local art and film. I advertise with several independent weeklies and monthlies that provide my community with news the corporate media does not. I pay local musicians to play their original music and my cafe is used without charge for political and issues meetings. We sponsor our local theater (both an annual festival from NYC and also the community theater). There is hardly a charitable fundraiser that happens in this area in which we are not featured with a bread donation or sponsoring silent auction items.
We buy local. About 60% of our cafe's ingredients are local and the wholesale bakery is working on 40%. We want sustainable farming and to see the return of wheat growing and milling to upstate New York which used to be New England's "bread basket" 100 years ago.
$10/hour is our minimum wage (the local average starting pay is $7.90). My average worker makes $15 an hour in a market where food employees are lucky to make $11. My waitstaff make $7.25 an hour instead of the standard $3.85 allowed by law. I live in a rental unit and don't own boats and cottages. I still bake bread. Some of my full time staff make more than I do. We all suffer together. I am an empowered worker so I don't EVER feel that any of us are adequately compensated for what we do. The knowledge that corporate America is living off our back is always a driving force for me to stay active in educating people about alternative choices to the status quo.