Focus on local grains is recipe for excellence


THE DOUGH ZONE- A variety of bread, cakes and cookies are made from local grains at Water Tank Bakery located at the Port of Skagit Bay View Business Park. Rachael Sobczak sells her goodies at farmers markets, retail shops, coffee stands and the walk-up window at her bakery. She was at La Conner United's Aprils 23 street fair in the Crescent Moon Parking lot on Morris Street. -Phot by Marissa Conklin

Driving to work, Rachael Sobczak passes acre after acre of her ingredients.

The 12-year La Conner resident is owner of Water Tank Bakery, which opened last June at the Port of Skagit. She crafts sourdough bread, cakes and cookies from 100% locally milled flour made from Northwest grain.

A baker for nearly 20 years, 10 of them with the Breadfarm in Edison, Sobczak was selling bread from her home when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Demand snowballed for product, then known as Rachael and Bread. “People were home more, less busy and willing to buy from a local person,” she said. “Plus it�...

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