Red Hen Baking Co.

At the Red Hen Baking Co. we are guided by the belief that pure, uncomplicated ingredients and the hands of skilled artisans are the building blocks for great food.

Since our early days in Duxbury, we have been dedicated to creating the very best food from the best ingredients we can find.

We craft an ever-changing lineup of pastries, sandwiches and soups for sale in our Middlesex, Vermont Café.

We’ve been on leading edge of the local food movement since 1999. 

Daily Soups

We make delicious soups daily from local ingredients using one of our dozens of favorite recipes. Here are the soups we're currently dishing up with sides of our bread in the café.

Soup & Menu Detail

Our Breads

Flour, water, salt, and yeast. We baked our breads with the finest, local ingredients almost every day of the year.

View all of our Breads
  • 3 Millers
  • Alice's Rye
  • Ciabatta- Red Hen Baking Co.
  • Crossett Hill
  • Cyrus Pringle- Red Hen Baking Co.
  • Mad River Grain- Red Hen Baking Co.
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Where to Buy

We bake and deliver breads every day!
You can buy them at our Middlesex, VT Café or look for your local retail location.

Keeping our bread FAQ's

Why are your breads sold in paper bags? We have always sold our unsliced hearth breads in paper bags. We do this because we go through a lot of trouble to create a crisp crust on our breads. In order for that crust to remain crisp, the bread needs to “breath.” The paper bag is really doing nothing more than identifying our bread and keeping others’ hands off of it. Once you bring it home, you can toss the bag in the recycling (or save it for making papier mache) and store your bread sliced side down to keep it from drying out. The crust will act as a natural package for the rest of the loaf. Refer to the information on our specific varieties to see how many days you can expect to keep your particular bread in this manner.

What about plastic bags? If our breads are put into a plastic bag, they will stay moist for much longer, but the crust will soften. If you are willing to sacrifice a crisp crust to stretch the shelf life a little longer, you can put our bread in a plastic bag. At temperatures under 70 degrees, our breads will not get moldy for at least a week. If it is one of our naturally leavened ones, it will last even longer. You can be sure that you have a naturally leavened variety if you do not see yeast listed in the ingredients.

Should your breads be refrigerated? We do not recommend keeping our breads in the refrigerator because, even in a plastic bag, the dry air in the fridge dries out the bread. And because how long do you really need to keep a loaf of bread anyhow?

Freezing: Our breads freeze very well in a well-sealed plastic bag. In a frost-free freezer, they are good for 3-4 months. In a traditional freezer, they are good until the next time you have to defrost it. If our bread is frozen unsliced, a few minutes in the oven it is thawed will bring the crust back to almost as good as fresh.

Sliced Bread: By request at our café, and on a limited basis to stores that we deliver to, we sell sliced breads. These need to be packed in plastic to prevent the crumb (interior) from drying out—a sacrifice for convenience that can be worth it (especially if you intend to use if for sandwiches or toast). Unless the weather is very hot (over 70 degrees), our sliced breads should keep for a week. (See above about plastic bags.)

Our Pastries

You wouldn't believe how many different pastries we bake in a day

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Red Hen Baking Co. By The Numbers

In baking, it's all about precise measurement. Here are a few numbers we're quite in awe of.

430000 lbs.

Local wheat that go into our breads each year


Days a year that we bake fresh bread and pastries


Loaves of bread baked on average, every day


Average number of daily deliveries we make to local stores and restaurants


Number of people we employ full time

To Our Dear Community

For the first time in over 21 years, our ovens will be going cold... for a few days.

We have had to make the difficult decision to close the entire bakery for a short period in order to keep our staff safe. We have had one confirmed COVID case among our staff and in a work environment such as ours, in spite of our strict COVID-safe protocols, we feel that the best course of action is to cease operations until we can be assured that we are providing a safe work environment for our staff.

We are working with State contact tracers and we will post updates to social media and our email list as we know more.

We look forward to being back in action as soon as it is safely possible!

Thank you for your support and stay safe!