It’s official: winter is upon us! Rain, chilly temperatures, and fallen leaves are abundant. We’re feeling the effects of daylight savings time and moving into cold, damp days. While to some people that may sound bleak and unwelcoming, we at Back to Eden Bakery know that this only means great things! After such a hot, dry summer, we are welcoming this change with open arms. We feel moved by changing of seasons, and admire the way Mother Earth cleanses and regenerates during the frigid months. We find it both beautiful and inspiring!
In case you haven’t heard, we’ve been busy expanding our reach at Back to Eden, with the newest addition of our food cart located at 28th & SE Division. If you haven’t stopped by yet, we encourage you to visit us and enjoy the cozy setting that this food truck pod has to offer. We now carry hot drinks, coffee, and savory options there to compliment the chillier months ahead. In the midst of our hard work and countless hours, we feel so grateful for the wonderful Portland community in supporting us and what we do. We feel so blessed that we would like to give back to the community that we so love and admire during this holiday season..
During the entire month of December, we will be running a donation drive for three wonderful organizations working to make our community better for all its inhabitants.. Customers will have the option of donating an amount to any or all three groups, and each purchase will be automatically submitted into a drawing for a $50 Back to Eden Gift Certificate. Plus, the runner up will receive a Back to Eden T-Shirt! Every donation will count as an entry, and there will be no limit as to how many times someone can enter. The more you donate, the better chances you have of winning!
The first organization we are working with is Out to Pasture Sanctuary. They are a non-profit animal rescue that is located in Estacada, OR. Out to Pasture currently cares for 150 rescued, displaced, abused and neglected animals that otherwise would be suffering less fortunate fates. Out to Pasture opens up their farm for educational and volunteer purposes, without ever asking for any admission fees for any event. They simply wish to inform and educate people on the benefits of a vegan, compassionate, ethical lifestyle. You can learn more about Out to Pasture on their website, www.outtopasturesanctuary.org.
The second organization we are partnering with is Outside In. Outside In is a local, non-profit group working towards providing homeless youth with resources necessary to better their lives and their surroundings. Outside In creates a safe, productive space for displaced young adults to access medical care, safe housing, counseling, employment, and more. Their efforts have done wonderful things to improve the lives of countless young adults, including being leaders in serving LGBT youth. You can learn more about Outside In on their website, http://www.outsidein.org.
Lastly, we will be working with SOLVE as well. SOLVE is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals, business groups, and service and conservation groups through volunteering and education to restore our natural spaces and take good care of this great state of which we are all so proud. SOLVE facilitates Oregonians of all kinds coming together to volunteer, focusing on beach and illegal dump cleanup, planting native trees, removing invasive plants, and other environmental maintenance projects. SOLVE annually creates an average of 40,000 volunteer opportunities in 170 communities all across this diverse state. Feel free to learn more about SOLVE at http://solveoregon.org.
The holidays are rapidly approaching and it’s time to start planning your holiday meals. If you haven’t yet, stop by our store or check out our special orders page to explore all of the wonderful treats that could have a place on your holiday feast table. We are already accepting orders for Christmas and New Years, so don’t hesitate to place those orders soon. These spots do fill up quickly! Simply give the shop a call at 503-477-5022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
Stay tuned for more blog updates through the months, as we anticipate new seasonal flavors, more donation drives, employee field trips, and more! Thank you all for your continued support and we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
With warmest regards,
Back to Eden Bakery