125 Churchill Road
Hours: Friday through Monday, 9am-3pm
+Farmer's Market on Tuesday during season, from 2pm-6pm
If you are searching for reliable beauty, Francis Bread has it. Each organic loaf, baguette, and pastry that leaves their wood-fired oven always comes out as a mini-masterpiece: airy, chewy, and with a satisfying crunch.
That alone would be something, but this little bakery nestled within The Duthie Gallery near Ganges was a constant during the wild weather that battered our island this winter. Even when the power went out, the bakers still worked by candlelight and provided a delicious port in a storm for weary locals and travelers alike.
And it’s still a happy haven for good eats with a caffeine fix, since Francis bread stocks the local Mt. Maxwell Coffee. (If you’re visiting, make sure you give them a try before your ship sails. Because where else but Salt Spring can you find coffee roasted to music in a yurt?)
If tea is more your jam, they carry Namasthé, along with unusual vegan latte mixes from Blume, like the golden mylk turmeric version among others.
Looking for more substantial nosh? On any given day there’s delectable tartines, like pumpkin, kale, and carrots with goat cheese. The produce is sourced locally from places like Bullock Lake Farm, in case you were wondering. And there’s a good amount of chairs and tables inside to roost on, as well as benches outside to soak up our island sunshine.
It's also easy to pick up local herbs, flowers, and produce from Bullock Lake Farm here.
The Lowdown: Bread and baked goods from a wood fired oven. Tea, Mt. Maxwell Coffee, Tartines, Soup, and a comfortable space to sit for a spell.
Words & photos by Stephania Jean