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Hey all, so pleased we could add this. We have a number of "celebrity" customers and we've approached them all for testimonial support on this project but invariably hear back about contractual issues. But Rona Elliot didn't even hesitate to say yes. Not sure who Rona is? The pics on the wall behind her are great clues - Rona was huge in LA's 70's rock scene and went on to become The Today Show's longtime music correspondent logging interviews with U2, the Stones, you name it.

Denise and Chris order our breads online and we ship to their home in New Jersey. They placed an order for 12 loaves just before Sandy struck. We delayed shipment and once they lost power then they drove here to Bloomsburg to retrieve their bread and bide their time. When asked why they like our bread so much, here's what they told us.

Shawn Kheys and his wife Naomi run Namaste Cafe here in Bloomsburg. And they do it right. Just about every restaurant around trucks their "food-stuff"  in from SysCo but not these guys. They buy local organic period and everything they serve is done with such pride and commitment to quality and wow, does it make a difference.

We practically invented our pita bread for them and they buy use tons of it in their vegan restaurant. Shawn talks about why he orders our bread and granola.

At Columbia County Bread & Granola we adhere to the truth of an ancient Korean proverb that says, "After the Mountains, More Mountains." Which is to say our mission is to embrace challenge, make discoveries, share our knowledge then continue on our path.

This is what has guided us and enabled us to make two profoundly great products, 100% sprouted whole grain breads and our unique flax granola.

Our sprouted whole-grain breads are not only light in texture, appetizing and delicious, we believe they are the healthiest, purest expression of what bread can and should be and represent the future of bread because we have adhered to the lessons of the past (pre-industrial cultures all knew that you do NOT eat grain unless it is first sprouted). Therefore, we make our sprouted breads without flour (a euphemism for wheat starch). We do not add vital wheat gluten (something most sprouted bakers feel they must add), nor do we add any dough enhancers. Our starters are naturally derived, carefully nurtured leavens (a unique 100% sprouted sourdough starter).

Our other product is a unique flax-based granola made without oats, honey, salt or added sugars, and yet, it has become our biggest success story with thousands of devoted fans who have told us time again how addictive it is and how it has helped them with a number of dietary and health related issues.

And now, we are faced with the prospect of a huge increase in demand for our products and that means we must expand. New equipment, new bakers, more space.

As such, we are offering a number of unique variations on our two product innovations as incentives for our funders. These products are not available for purchase from our website store. Further, we are offering opportunities to join us in baking workshops in our kitchen or, in yours, so you can learn our process and  do what we do in your home. 

Please look over our kickstarter campaign, consider funding us, tell your friends and, if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to visit our website, ColumbiaCountyBread.com or, contact me, Doug at Baker@ColumbiaCountyBread.com.

Thanks so very much.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

In any new venture there are unforeseen problems that can cause delays, however, we feel strongly that new ovens and new bakers will help us not only build capacity but fulfill orders in a timely fashion.
More importantly, we have already tested all the recipes described here so we don't anticipate any need to withdrawal or modify offers.
Furthermore, our kitchen is fully certified and we have electrical capacity to install new equipment and the full support of the board of directors for the building we work in. We also have important support from professionals who are guiding us through the potential tangles an expanding business is likely to encounter.

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    We will thank you by inscribing your name or max 25 letter inscription (bland to inspired to profane – sure, swear at us all you want). The inscription goes on our new oven sides in permanent indelible ink (broad tip sharpie to be precise) and we'll prove it with a pic emailed direct to you. (not to worry, profane comments will be grouped in their own special oven side) NOTE: An inscription as described above comes with every level of support and you can fund us as many times as you wish but we can only offer one oven inscription per funder.

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    A three pack (approx 4.5 ounces) of the delicious nutritious flax-granola BAR. That’s right, the VERY bar that nutritionist Lyn Genet discovered, endorsed and sent our fortunes soaring. This is a limited time offer and an exclusive to this kickstarter fundraiser. We will take our flax granola base, mix in the added ingredients listed below, roll it flat, slice it into bars then bake it lightly to a chewy crunchy goodness, then bag and ship right to your door. Not only that, we’re offering one of three varieties of flax-granola bars so you have to decide what you want OR support us again at this level with another pledge. The varieties… 1. Cranberries Walnuts and sunflower seeds 2. Cranberries Raisins and Currants and sunflower seeds (no nuts) 3. Cranberries, shredded coconut, pecans, dark chocolate bits and sunflower seeds.

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    Two 4 ounce packages of our hugely popular 100% sprouted whole-grain flour-less flat bread. Perhaps you already know about our wafer-thin Sesame-Cumin... No? Check this out... http://savoringtoday.com/2012/01/18/columbia-county-bread-and-granola-sprouted-whole-grain-product-review-giveaway Or, maybe you've tried our even more popular Orange-Poppyseed flat bread. Yeah, they’re awesome but we’re now offering one of three ALL-NEW varieties exclusive to this kickstarter campaign that may never make it on our website. Let’s start with Lemon-Kale. Imagine our crispy thin flat bread jam-packed with locally grown organic Kale with zest and juice from organic lemons. This brightly flavored flat bread will go great with most any dips or all on its own. Next up is our extraordinary, crunchy-tasty sunflower seed/ pumpkin seed flat bread. And finally, Cinnamon-Ginger flat bread (lightly sweetened with raw cane sugar). Crisp and delicious, this one is delightfully suited for afternoon teas. And remember, we may never offer any of these varieties on our website. NOTE: International orders may come packaged in one, 8 ounce package.

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    Our much missed TAMARIND GINGER flax-granola is back!!! Support us at this level and we’ll ship you two 12 ounce bags of Tamarind Ginger flax-granola. Made with freshly pulped tamarind and hand-shredded ginger to which we add ground cinnamon, dried currants and sunflower seeds. This is the granola so many of you have been craving and we stopped making it because it’s a ton of work to make even a small batch but boy is it good. NOTE: International orders will ship in one, 20 ounce bag.

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    Two loaves of our fantastic 100% sprouted whole grain bread (approx 20 ounces each before baking) made with our own exclusive sprouted wheat starter, made without flour nor added gluten nor any dough enhancers whatsoever. This is the most amazing loaf of bread you will ever try. Why so great? Aside from the fantastic flavors unlocked by sprouting, our sprouted breads digest more like a vegetable because starches are broken down into simple sugars. Plus, sprouting unlocks nutrition by enzyme activity that neutralizes phytic acids. Diabetics and gluten sensitive folks tell us they can eat this bread and love it. We’re offering two loaves never before available on our website. 1.) Country Seeded. We take our basic loaf and add raw sunflower and raw pumpkin seeds. Amazing flavor, soft chewy texture and smells and tastes so good warm out of the toaster. 2.) Orange Poppyseed. This amazingly tasty loaf is the same exact dough we roll our very popular flat bread from and man does it make a good loaf of bread.

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    Not a fan of the Tamarind Ginger? Check this out, we’re offering an exclusive kickstarter opportunity to try the most incredibly nutritious flax-granola we can imagine. We call it, SUPER POWER CHIA-HEMP flax granola. We’ll start with our base flax-granola recipe, triple the amount of chia seed we normally add then mix in fresh hemp seed-nuts and top it all off with a generous handful of fresh goji berries and raw pumpkin seeds. This is so good and naturally good for you. Support us now at this level and we’ll ship you two, 12 ounce bags but do it now because we have no plans to introduce this variety on our website anytime soon. NOTE: International orders will ship in one, 20 ounce bag.

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    Bonus round. This special offer is available ONLY if we meet our goal. If we do, we'll bake up some of our fantastic 100% sprouted whole grain all-vegan pretzel wings (so called wings cause we hand shape them to approximate a standard sized chicken wing). These bite sized soft pretzels are bathed in food grade lye prior to baking and THAT gives them a rare and authentic, old-world pretzel flavor. They make for the perfect meatless substitute for serving traditional wings. NOTE: Comes with our own special wing sauce. We'll ship two bags of 16 plus pretzels, wing sauce and reheating instructions. Guaranteed to be a big hit at super bowl parties.

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    This is a great opportunity for you, our valuable customer, to say, hey, back at you guys and all the hard work you do. Now you can pledge any amount and ask for nothing in return - you simply wish to support the cause. But hey, we’ll still get your inscription or name on our ovens and send you a personal email updating our efforts and where and how our funds are being spent. Huh? What? That’s it? Yes, this level of support is for our customers who know we are off and running on an incredible journey to make the best possible bread and granola on the market today and you simply want to lend a hand in this most generous way so we can get that much closer to our goal. We promise to use your support wisely and keep you informed as more good things happen.

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    Our exclusive sampler kit introduces you to a little of everything we are offering. Starting with your choice of one of the flax bars, then, adding to that your choice of one of the flat breads then, add to that your choice of either the 12 ounce Tamarind Ginger or 12 ounce Chia Hemp flax granola. And finally, add to that, your choice of one of our two varieties of 20 ounce sprouted grain breads (Country Seeded or Orange Poppyseed) and, just to seal the deal, an eight pack of our fantastic pocket pita (8 two ounce pitas per package). Our pita are sized perfectly to fit right in a toaster where these pita not only warm up, they pocket all over again coming out of the toaster tasting oven-fresh and ready to stuff with your favorite cheeses, fillings, salads, whatever... All this, shipped direct to your door.

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    Two (2) sampler kits as described above – one shipped just for you and one delivered to your favorite person anywhere in the USofA. And, we'd be more than happy to bake and ship this off to arrive the week before Christmas.

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    NEW PRODUCT SAMPLER... As innovative bakers, we are constantly devising and testing new recipes and new variations of the products we do so well. As such, we could really use your help. At least six times a year, we will ship you samples of our newest product ideas and product variations. These innovations may include breads, flat breads, flax-granola's, chia bars, breakfast cereals, snack bars, etc. With each shipment, you will also be asked to fill out and return a question sheet to help us identify strengths and weaknesses of each new product. What are we working on right now? How does cubed cranberry-walnut sprouted whole-grain bread for holiday stuffing sound...?

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    Inscription and monthly personal email updates on our progress. Plus, a very rare opportunity for a limited edition and hand-bound collection of favorite cartoon drawings by Doug. Selected from his own archives of previously published cartoons from the pages of Village Voice, National Lampoon, Fantagraphics books, Salon.com, Harper & Collins Books and various newspapers. Signed, numbered and each drawing hand colored by the artist.

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    You’ll join us in our kitchens for an intensive, one day, 12 hour plus workshop where you’ll participate in most of the critical steps of making our bread. The day begins with a final rinse then grind our sprouted wheat berries while also helping nurture our starters and understanding how crucial our starters our to our bread’s success. When ready, you’ll participate in the mix of ground sprouted wheat berries with starter and critical proportions of sea salt and honey. We’ll break for lunch (our treat) then return to participate in rounding, benching shaping and finally, baking. You’ll take home three loaves of bread, a basic how-to instruction sheet and enough of our exclusive sprouted grain starter that you can nurture and use in your own home to bake the best bread you’ll ever eat. Every participant must arrange their own travel and lodgings (if necessary). NOTE: Assistance and recommendations are available for local lodgings.

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    Individual workshop. You’ll come to our kitchen in Bloomsburg and work one on one with Michael Perakovich in a day long intensive workshop including lunch, worksheet, simple instruction kit, a dozen loaves and your own starter to take home and nurture. Every participant must arrange their own travel (if necessary). One night lodging will be provided with a local bed & breakfast. One of three

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    A very rare opportunity to own an authentic Columbia County bread, bread-box designed and crafted by master-baker Michael Perakovich using only reclaimed virgin Pennsylvania pine. And, working without power tools or even electricity makes this a one of a kind chance to own a rare, highly crafted bread box designed with all the skill and care that goes into every loaf we make at CCBandG. If desired, box will be laser etched with our CCBandG logo for no additional cost.

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    Michael will come to your home (supporter must arrange and pay for travel and up to two nights lodging) and conduct a full, one-day workshop. Michael will not only walk you through the whole process of creating our breads but also help search out and recommend sources for local grain growers, sources of local honey or molasses and tools you may need to enhance your efforts baking this incredible bread in your own home.

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    Come to Bloomsburg or work with us via skype and we’ll develop your own exclusive variety of flax-granola. We’ll work out details for a natural base sweetener such as cranberries or something else you’d like us to try. We’ll adjust levels of flax, chia, ground cinnamon and other spices you wish to try. We’ll mix and bake, ship you a sample, get your opinion and, if needed, go back and make adjustments. Once we have all sampled and all agree on a great new recipe, we’ll sit down or skype conference with our graphic designer and personalize our flax-granola label to feature your name and likeness or some variation you choose and we can work with. You’ll then take home (or we'll ship) 4 bags of your very own granola and get 4 more bags shipped free every month for the next 12 months and a 50% lifetime sale price on whatever amount you order. We reserve all rights to offer this one of a kind granola on our webstore and to stores who sell our products. NOTE: Kickstarter forbids offers of royalty participation or other financial returns, however, this is an unusual offer and may require a legal agreement, such legal costs to be shared by both parties.

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