Back to Eden Blog

We're expanding!!!!!

Posted on Mar 2, 2017

After 8 years on Alberta Street.. We are Expanding!

For those of you who have been following or visiting us here on Alberta St. you probably know just what a tiny (yet cozy) storefront we squeezed ourselves into. It has been our dream since we opened in 2009 to grow our retail footprint and we are thrilled to announce that the time has finally come! While we have greatly enjoyed having fantastic neighbors these last few years, the good folks at Sun Gate Studios have decided to move onto new adventures making the neighboring space available for our long-awaited expansion! We of course wish our friends at Sun Gate our most heartfelt blessings on their path ahead and are so grateful for this incredible opportunity.

So what does this mean for our beloved customers?

Not only will we finally be able to provide our patrons with an expanded dining area our menu will get some new mouthwatering breakfast, lunch and dinner items along with select cider, beer and wine! And as we grow in scope and size we also have some really exciting ideas for furthering our philanthropic mission and community outreach.

For those of you who have come to love our snug little storefront just as it is never fear! We intend to keep it largely the same as our dessert and ice cream destination while our morning pastries and cafe offerings move into the larger space next door.

Construction will begin once we take possession of the space on May 1st and we hope you will stay closely attuned to our progress. As this propitious endeavor gets underway we hope that we can count on our community's support and will be sharing ways for you to get involved as they present themselves!

And as anyone who has ever taken on projects like this well knows timelines are loose and fluid but it is our sincerest hope to be open in time to make the most of the summer season on Alberta!

Stay tuned and thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support over the years! It is only because of you that this milestone is even possible!

With endless gratitude and extreme jubilation,

Your friends at Back to Eden Bakery


We're Thawing Out!

Posted on Jan 19, 2017

Hello friends!

Wow! What a winter it has been so far and by the calendar things are just getting started.  2017 is bound to be full of surprises and we feel so blessed to share this moment of time together with you. It is such an honor to serve the Portland community and all of our friends out there from beyond who share our vision for a more just and peaceful world. More recently you may have noticed that we have chosen to use this platform we have created with you more politically and all the feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive. We thank you for this encouragement and will continue to use whatever privilege and resources we have at our disposal to advocate for intersectional justice for all beings. This week which begins with honoring the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and ends with our collective wake up call we are reminded of the following words: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” So with that we intend to make 2017 the best, most pro-active year to date with your support and collaboration.

If you are a Portland resident than you know just how cold and downright dangerous this winter has been thus far especially for the homeless among us. Here is a great list of organizations who could seriously use our help this most brutal of seasons: Depending on your proximity to the Portland area you might not know just how severe the weather has been and the serious impact it is having on the local small business community. This article from The Oregonian will give you a little perspective and what we are doing to help recoup some of our losses.
So from now until the end of the month Back to Eden Bakery is offering 10% off any gift card purchase. You can stop by either location (when they are both finally able to be open) or give us a call at 503-477-5022 to make your purchase and we will mail to any lucky person you choose.
To further lift your spirits during these chilly, somber months, we are delighted to share with you some fresh new flavors in our seasonal line up! A few of our current cupcakes include a lemon cream cheese, toasted hazelnut blackberry, salted chocolate, and our new favorite - the celebration cupcake which is a classic chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream, garnished with rainbow sprinkles!  One of our customer favorites the citrus ginger scone is back in rotation as well as our perfectly tart and sweet lemon coconut cream pie and orange cardamom sugar doughnut!  With Valentine’s Day fast approaching you are sure to see a lot more new flavors in our cases soon so stay tuned!!
We'd also like to remind you all about our revised SE Division food cart hours. When the weather cooperates you will find us open everyday from 12pm to 8pm. In hopes of better catering to the actual demand down there we will be featuring less of our morning pastries and focusing more on providing you with our delicious desserts. Don’t worry though, our doughnuts and cinnamon rolls will still be in daily rotation!  We have added mini cakes and cake by the slice to our menu at the cart to grater satisfy your sweet tooth. Feedback is everything so please always feel free to share your thoughts on how we can serve you better. And if you are in need of one of our morning pastries and not in the Alberta neighborhood you can visit one of our participating retailers! You can find our treats around town at Townshends Tea, Spin Laundry, Compass Coffee Roasters, and People's Co-op in SE Portland. We're slowly adding more wholesale accounts to our line up so stay tuned for more locations to stock up on Back to Eden treats!
Lastly, remember that Back to Eden Bake Off competition we told you about last month? Well, the winner has been chosen! Congratulations to longtime customer Joelle Flagel on her winning submission which was a mouthwatering  cashew oat waffle! We appreciate everyone's participation in our first Back to Bakery Universal Flour Baking Contest and promise to hold more of these in the future. Of course we would still love to hear about how you're using our house flour blend, so again any feedback around that is greatly appreciated!
Thank you all so much for your continued support, we appreciate you all so very much and wish you the best in the year ahead. Take care and be well!

Best Regards,
Back to Eden Bakery


Back to Eden Bake Off!

Posted on Dec 26, 2016
Hello everyone! We hope you’ve had a good holiday season thus far. We’ve been busy over here planting seeds and thinking up new and exciting ways to excite your taste buds!
As promised, it is time for voting on our Back to Eden Bake off submissions. We are so grateful for everyone that took the time to submit their entries. Base off of what was entered, we have chosen our top four goodies and now it’s up to you to decide! Visit our facebook page at to vote for your favorite!

Here’s a glimpse of our favorite submissions:

Just a friendly heads up that our SE Division location hours will be changing for the winter months. You can find us there from 12pm-8pm 7 days a week for an indefinite amount of time. Our Alberta St. location will still be open it’s regular 8am-10pm hours.

We wish you all of the best in 2017 and look forward to us all growing together!


With warm regards,

Back to Eden Bakery


Thanksgiving Call to Action-Support the Standing Rock Sioux & Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline!

Posted on Nov 21, 2016

Thank you for allowing Back to Eden Bakery to be a part of your Thanksgiving and/or your world.  We greatly appreciate your support and consider it an honor to be able to serve our community in this way.

We consider it our duty to give back whenever we can and when we begin to count our blessings this holiday our minds can’t help but go to the Native People of this land and all the abuses they are being subjected to right now in America 2016. We hope that by now every one of you is aware of the assault against the Standing Rock Sioux by the North Dakota government on behalf of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Just last night hundreds of peaceful protestors were attacked on a bridge by law enforcement under the cover of darkness with rubber bullets, tear gas, bean bags, concussion grenades and water cannons in subfreezing temperatures just for trying to protect their water and ancestral lands. While we want to honor everyone’s need for a peaceful and stress-free holiday we respectfully invite you to really consider the Native lives that are on the line right now as they fight to protect clean water.  

And then we humbly ask you to take action in any way you can this holiday season. Call your elected representatives, mainstream media outlets, make donations to organizations and campaigns supporting the Standing Rock Sioux’ resistance efforts. As weary as we all are of talking politics we also invite you to  engage your family and friends in a conversation this Thanksgiving about how we can all better support Native People in their fight to protect Mother Earth and their traditional ways of life. Their cause is our cause and we owe it to future generations to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in every way we personally can.

Read below for ways you can help. Do whatever you can, whenever you can!

Blessings of peace and happiness for all our relations this holiday!

Make repeated phone calls and tie up the phone lines:

  • Call the White House: (202) 456-1414
  • WH Situation Room: (202) 456-9431
  • Call the North Dakota Governor’s Office: (701) 328-2200
  • Call the Morton County Sheriff's Office: 620-697-4313
  • Army Corps Bismarck Office 701-255-0015
  • Demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903
  • ND National Guard 701-333-2000
  • US Department of Justice 202-353-1555
  • Call the ACLU: 212-549-2500
  • Call your Senators:

Contact Mainstream Media Outlets and Demand Coverage:

Solidarity websites:

Call the executives of the companies building the pipeline:

a. Lee Hanse Executive Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6455

b. Glenn Emery Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6762

c. Michael (Cliff) Waters Lead Analyst Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
1300 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002
Telephone: (713) 989-2404

And if you bank with one of following institutions do your best to #divest and bank locally:

Reduce your dependence on gasoline however you can.

Send letters to your local newspaper.

Make sure your friends, family and neighbors know what's going on.

"Oh, and hug your kids. Let them know you love them. Look into their eyes and imagine the future they will have, if you do nothing."


Time to Start Placing your Holiday Orders!

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
Hello Back to Eden Community!

We hope you are settling into the shorter days and cooler weather nicely. It would be safe to say that Autumn is one of our favorite seasons at the bakery because of the wonderful, fresh ingredients we can use during this time of year. It’s likely that if you’ve stopped by either of our locations, you’ve seen our celebration of pumpkin, pear, warming spices, root vegetables, and more fall specific ingredients. Not only does this season bring our favorite flavor profiles, but we also say hello to the holidays! Those hosting or attending a holiday feast are now able to provide their guests (and themselves!) with allergen and dietary friendly products that not only taste great, but look lovely as well. Take a moment to look over the items available for ordering around the holiday season and then shoot us an email or give us a call to place your orders! Our calendars fill up quickly around this time so don’t hesitate to get your orders in.

On the subject of the upcoming holiday season, have you started purchasing your gifts for loved ones yet? Back to Eden may come to mind when thinking of desserts and delicious food, but did you know that we also have a retail section of our store? You can shower your friends and family in Back to Eden swag to ensure you’re spreading the most holiday cheer possible! We have mugs, T shirts (a staff favorite), retail size bags of our custom blended Back to Eden Trailhead Coffee Roasters coffee, and of course - gift cards! Gift cards are the perfect way to show someone you love them. These cards can be used for anything from cakes for special events to covering their morning cup of coffee for the next month or so. It’s a surefire way to give a gift that keeps on giving. We are able to mail gift cards for anyone out of state that wants to send something special to a Portland resident! Give us a call to find out more.
In case you missed the buzz - we are proudly selling our prepackaged house flour blend at both of our locations, as well as Food Fight! Grocery. We couldn’t be happier to be able to provide this product to those of you that struggle with finding the perfect gluten free flour substitute for all of your favorite recipes. Have you by chance already begun utilizing our floud blend in the kitchen? Stay tuned for a special contest where you can show off your baking skills AND win some Back to Eden swag.
As always, we appreciate the support and love from our community. Without you, none of this would be possible. We wish you a loving, safe, productive holiday season.

Back to Eden Bakery


Our Packaged Gluten-Free Flour Is Here! And Join Us In Supporting the Standing Rock Sioux!

Posted on Sep 30, 2016

Hello Friends of Back to Eden Bakery!

We hope you have all had a great summer and are now feeling good about the autumn that is now setting in. Time has certainly flown by this year and we are all scratching our heads wondering how it is now October. Of course in our line of work this tends to be our favorite season as we get to unroll out all the fall flavors like pumpkin, apples and pie spices. Many of you are probably feeling the call to get back into the kitchen yourselves to take on your own baking at home. Well, we are so excited to let you know that Back to Eden intends to be a much bigger part of your own culinary adventures with the release of our proprietary gluten-free flour blend. If you have ever questioned how we are able to make such delicious creations we would have to give as much credit to the specific ratios of our flour ingredients as we would to our talented baking team.

Packaged in 2 lb. bags our gluten-free flour blend is truly “universal” in its application as we have had great success using it for pie doughs, pizza crusts, flatbreads, roux and so much more. Moreover it is allergen-friendly being vegan and free of gluten, soy, potatoes, corn, nuts and most legume (contains guar gum)! To start it will be available at both retail locations starting today and we will keep you all posted as soon as online orders and shipping becomes an option. So if you ever wanted to play around in the kitchen with the secret to our success now you can and just in time for the holidays! Not to mention this would make a great gift for your gluten-free loved ones out there!

So now that we have your attention with that exciting news we would like to turn our focus to a cause that is very dear to our hearts. By now many of you have probably heard about the “protests” taking place in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline. But in case the very meager coverage on mainstream media has escaped your attention we feel that it is vitally important that everyone is aware and offers their support and solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux as they fight to protect their waters and their ancestral lands. DAPL has taken extreme measures to subvert native sovereignty in order to build an oil pipeline underneath the Missouri River destroying Native burial sites, siccing attack dogs on water protectors and employing military style tactics against these peaceful and prayerful heroes. Fortunately Indigenous allies from around the globe are showing up to the Sacred Stone encampment to offer their support as well as many non-Natives who see this as an affront to both our shared humanity and this fragile planet we all call home.

So we are calling on all of our friends and allies to join us in this growing movement and show your support of the Standing Rock Sioux in whatever ways possible. For many of us, traveling to the Sacred Stone camp is not really an option nor would it be the best use of our resources and individual platforms. But there are so many real tangible ways we can support this unprecedented coming together of the First Nations including: making financial donations to the camps and legal defense funds; sending much needed supplies to make it through the harsh winter ahead; divesting from banking institutions backing this pipeline; and contacting your elected officials and the Obama Administration expressing your opposition to this project. See below for a number of links to learn more about this issue and all the ways you can help.

Meanwhile, we would like to use this platform we have created for ourselves as a company to take our support a step further. Starting Saturday, October 1st and culminating on Monday, October 10th (formerly Columbus Day now known as Indigenous People’s Day) we will be running a supply drive to collect any extra camping supplies, tarps, blankets, warm clothing, herbal medicines, medical supplies, etc. Just bring us whatever you have to donate and we will box it up and send it out as a care package from the Back to Eden Bakery community. And then on the 10th, Indigenous People’s Day, we will be donating 25% of our proceeds to the Sacred Stone Camp so here is your opportunity to put your sweet tooth to some good use!

Thank you for taking the time to read all of this and for being such an awesome progressive community of Earth lovers! We know that standing together in solidarity justice can and will prevail. In the language of the Lakota “Mni Wiconi” means “water is sacred” and there is nothing we could agree with more!

Sacred Stone Camp Official Site
Sacred Stone Supply List
Red Warrior Legal Defense Fund
Petition to Hold Indian Affairs Hearing on Dakota Access Pipeline
GoFundMe to Provide Winter Supplies
Information on Media Blackout
Dogs Used to Attack Water Protectors
Mainstream Media Overview
The Final Indian War In America Is About To Begin
Sacred Stone Camp GoFundMe
Tell President Obama to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
Sacred Stone Camp Videos
Lawrence O'Donnell's Last Word Coverage



Posted on Jul 15, 2016
Hello everyone! We hope that the summer has been treating you well so far. Back to Eden always looks forward to this time as year as we have a plethora of fresh, bright ingredients to use in our product lineup. Have you had the opportunity to try our rosewater pistachio doughnut yet? The floral notes pair so well with the earthy, nutty flavor - it’s sure to rock your world!
We want to express our deepest gratitude to all of our loving customers that voted us as Portland’s Best Gluten Free Restaurant! We are honored to be considered such a trusted establishment for those with specific dietary needs and consider ourselves lucky to have the opportunity to serve you all. We are committed to working diligently to provide the community with delicious, plant based, gluten free treats for many years to come.
As part of such a supportive, proactive community, Back to Eden strives to contribute to local events as often as possible. You can find our products at some really exciting upcoming events that you might be interesting!
Pink Hanky, a local queer-femme production team providing a space for queer performance, is one of the wonderful groups we will be supporting this month. Pink Hanky’s space is inclusive for all bodies, abilities, identities, and performance genres. Join Pink Hanky and Gothfox Designs for a night of performance dedicated to Beyoncé at Disjecta located at 8371 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217. Gothfox will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a special fashion show that is not to be missed. 10% of all ticket sales will be donated to PFLAG Portland Black Chapter! Celebrate the Queen and give to an organization that is doing incredible things for LGBTQ folks here in Portland. You can learn more about Pink Hanky and their upcoming events by visiting their Facebook page at
Love animals? Us too. We are huge fans of Out to Pasture located in Estacada, OR. They are hosting their annual open house on Saturday, July 30th. Out to Pasture Sanctuary is a 501(c)3, all volunteer, non-profit, farm animal sanctuary. Their primary goal is the care and feeding of abused, neglected or abandoned animals including large farm animals, pigs, rabbits, chickens, cats and dogs. They promote the humane treatment of all animals and advocate for an end to factory farming through public education including leafleting, tabling at public events and newspaper articles in the Portland area. Out to Pasture also promotes a vegan diet for reasons of compassion, health and the environment.  Their open house will have tons of interactive events and plus you’ll get to hang out with some adorable animals - that’s a no brainer! Feel free to check out more about this rad organization at
Lastly, we’d like to let you all know that our SE Division location has dialed in new hours to better serve all of you. Monday through Friday we will be open from 10am to 10pm, and on Saturday and Sunday we will be open from 9am to 10pm. Of course our Alberta Street location will still be open 8am to 10pm seven days a week.
We hope you are all staying safe out there, taking care of each other, and finding happiness and love in all aspects of life. We thank you for your continued support!

With love,
Back to Eden Bakery



Posted on Jun 16, 2016

It has taken us a few days to process what has happened over the last week and figure out how to respond as small business owners. It goes without saying that this is personally deeply upsetting to me and Garrett, my partner of 10 years now. As we have been sifting through our own emotions and responding to the people in our communities who are hurting we’ve struggled with knowing how to best represent the complex feelings and perspectives of 25 people. We like to think of our company as a family drawn together out of mutual respect for all life and a desire to be of service to our community and the planet the best we can. When we are using our “Back to Eden” voice we make a point to avoid speaking for the people employed by us because we appreciate and honor each one of them, for their voice, their passion and their own unique expression of themselves. Besides, the world we live in right now is so complex that using our social media presence to address every tragedy the befalls humankind would certainly detract from the food and all the good work we aim to do as a dedicatedly vegan business with a commitment to social change, equality and justice.

With that all said, there are moments in our lives when we are called to step out from the curtain as business owners and use our platform to speak towards the collective’s best interest. As our country has been grappling with the unrelenting injustices suffered by all people of color and the transgender community most visibly only recently we haven’t been able to keep up with the frequency of these attacks on America’s promise for equality let alone say anything more relevant to the situation than what is being said. And in these situations we believe that we need to be listening to those most affected by gun violence, police brutality, racial injustice, poverty and mental illness. But, for the public record, black and brown and trans lives do matter if we haven’t said it here before. When you are in the business of peddling baked goods there isn’t a lot of time to personalize every thing that rightly calls for our attention so we largely have let our food and actions and commitments to our local community speak for itself.

But this feels like one of those times when the world is in as much pain as it is, we can’t help but weigh in with our perspective as the proprietors of this little bakery you have come to love. It should come as no surprise to anyone that knows us or our story of how we came to be in business when I say that we are a proudly gay owned "ma and pop” operation started right out of the garage of our NE Portland home. Garrett Jones, our Co-Owner and Culinary Director, and I met 10 years ago, it was the definition of love at first sight, and I was fully moved in by the end of two weeks. Immediately upon coming together we knew that our union was going to bring big things, for our lives personally, and for the communities we would bring together and serve. Garrett, a longtime vegan with a passion for feeding his friends, also had a desire to be some sort of entrepreneur in service to people needing access to good clean food. Admittedly I was always less interested in being a business owner and only hoped that my Environmental Ed degree (that I am incidentally still paying off 16 years later) would somehow serve me in making a difference in the world of humans and non-humans alike. So when we came upon the idea to open the bakery you could say it was done with one’s person’s genuinely one-of-a-kind talent and passion for vegan food and another one’s totally blind leap of faith. The journey we have been on as a couple and as small business owners in order to get to this point in our lives where we can truly be of service and plant something back has neither been easy nor without an incredible amount of blessings, support and non-monetary reward.

So some people would be within their right to ask, why now are we using our voice and platform to speak out against hate crimes and bigotry? As two white gay men living in the relatively safe haven of Portland, Oregon still enjoying our white male privilege are we only personalizing it because the gay community was the target? It is true that we have been struck by how easily it could have been one of us in that late night club (if I had only ever been to Florida) and we do know people who knew people there that night. But that is not the only reason we feel the need to be vocal and get active in response to what is happening in our country. Every time a woman is disrespected instead of being celebrated for the goddess she is and we get to learn about it we take that personally. Every time a person of color is made to feel less than or unsafe in their own skin we take that personally. Every time one of our transgender brothers and sisters is assaulted or made to be afraid for their life simply for existing the best way they know how we take that personally. And every time a child is gunned down at school or in their own neighborhood no matter whether their parents are nothing like us or are our best of friends we take that personally too. All life is sacred and we are all so intrinsically connected whether we realize it or not that what happens to you happens to me. This is a big part of what makes being vegan such a joy for us as we feel this deep down in our bones for all living beings on this planet.

The devastating attack on the LGBTQI community in an Orlando nightclub last Sunday that left 49 people dead and many more injured was not the deadliest mass shooting in American history no matter what the news media might want to tell you. No, that honor, it could be argued, goes to Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890 when as many of 300—mostly unarmed—Lakota Sioux men, women, and children were killed at the hands of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment. The truth is our country has been at war with itself and just about everyone else since its inception and the body count due to gun violence against unarmed citizens is beyond comprehension let alone calculation. Our inability to look at our own predilection towards violence and brutality towards our fellow human beings is enough to drive one mad into the dregs of nihilism and as a couple of vegans it is not lost on us how true the words ring “we are what we eat”. We consume violence and brutality on the daily (and in some cases three times a day) in more ways than one and the world seems to get crazier and scarier by the minute. What’s the correlation?? Maybe that’s one question we need to be asking ourselves.

But for the queer community, what happened in Orlando was, as I see it, a watershed moment in the fight for justice and equality, much like Stonewall was for the generation of LGBTQI pioneers that preceded me. For a little while there things were admittedly feeling pretty good. We finally had a president that seemed to understand and be on the side of the people. As gay people, gaining the right to marry who we love was something many of us never thought we would see any time soon or at least not in time for those brave fighters, who paved the way for us to feel as safe and free as we do in 2016, to see it. While we have been beyond frustrated with the delay to take action on climate change among many other unkept promises or broken trusts we recognize that we have made great progress as a nation in the last 8 years. If this election hadn’t become such a downer we would say that things were looking up for America. Again as I see it, the choices we’ve been given are love, fear and hate and super delegates be damned love is winning. I applaud you if you been able to remain sane listening to it all.

Maybe you are feeling it too but suddenly on Sunday around 2am EST when the beat was pumping and queens were looking their glittery best something shifted and we are all being called to wake up the f*** up and look at the world we are creating. Together. As. One. Human. Family. People we love, when they are reminded that we are waiting to hear from them try offering their support by telling us that “all lives matter” and this loss of life is no more tragic than any other when that is what we have been trying to tell you all along. The queer people, the black and brown people, the women people, the original people of this nation of “ours” have been trying to tell you this with the walk they walk and the mirror they sometimes hold up for you to see yourself in. When we are doing your hair and makeup, or educating your children or caring for your dying parents our “gay agenda” is only to reveal within you just how beautiful and in your power you can be as a human being. You have likely heard MLK’s words “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice every where.” Well this is what intersectional justice is all about. If you aren’t familiar with the term it is time to get so. We all need to be fighting for each other’s right to feel safe whether that’s in the home or in a crowd, walking through the city or in nature, and an attack on a gay bar, which might just be the only place we and the allies that surround us truly feel safe to be our most expressed selves, strikes at the heart of the transformation that awaits us all on this planet we call home. Now is the hour when our true characters are being revealed and we, as a company trying to walk our talk and simply as human beings, want to make sure that we are doing whatever we can to stand on the right side of history. There is a revolution afoot and it is one completely driven by a love for all beings. It may be time for us all to get on board.

Are you hearing the call?

So, I am not about to put all this out there without at least attempting to plant some seed of regeneration if not for me than for the 7 generations to come.

You might ask yourself, when the world is as messed up and as complicated as it seemingly is, "I am only one person, what can I do?” Well, the best I can come up with right now is to lean in to that shiny, happy future you have in mind for you and all your loved ones.

But don’t just stop there. Put your heart forward for all of us, the ones you know and the ones you don’t know, the ones that make sense to you and the ones you think you can’t relate to at all. Use your voice, your hands, your sweat and tears, use what quite possibly might be your one and only chance at a life here on Earth to advocate for and comfort those whose voices are often silenced or shouted over. Let everyone know that nobody is in this alone and ask anyone you can what you can do to help. Call your gay friends/family if you haven’t already. Or as I might put it, call your family. Most of all listen to what the plants and animals are saying to us, listen to the land that is so thirsty for us to step into our birthright and steward this garden we were mistakenly told we lost. Peace is under your feet if you choose it.

With all the love, strength, positivity and forgiveness we can muster,

John Blomgren, Co-Owner and General Manager
and the incredibly funny, talented, passionate and inspiring people that work at Back to Eden Bakery

It’s Pride Weekend in Portland. Go out and celebrate the magic of being alive right now at this precise moment in time.

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin


Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

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Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

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Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

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Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

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Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

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~Some Words to Keep You Going~

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.

~John F. Kennedy

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

~ Thomas Jefferson

Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.

~Mahatma Ghandi

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

~Margaret Mead

The civil rights movement didn’t begin in Montgomery and it didn’t end in the 1960s. It continues on to this very minute.

~Julian Bond

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

~Frederick Douglass

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.

~Rosa Parks

Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it’s against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it’s against the oppressor. You don’t need anything else.

~Malcolm X

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

~Nelson Mandela

The truth shall make you free.



Spring Updates!

Posted on May 13, 2016
Hello and happy spring! We’re so glad to see the sun again and are sure many of you would agree. With longer days comes nicer weather and more reasons to enjoy delicious treats! Our baked goods are perfect for picnics, parties, BBQs, or just a nice sunny day when you’re craving an ice cream cone - Back to Eden has you covered.
As events and parties start kicking into high gear for the season, we are so excited to announce that our Weddings page on has officially launched. This online resource will hopefully assist anyone looking to provide their wedding guests with vegan and gluten free baked goods on their special day! You can access this information here. For anyone looking to place a wedding order, please feel free to send any inquiries to
In case you haven’t heard, we’ve been nominated for three of Willamette Week’s 2016 Best Of Portland categories. We’re so honored and grateful for the love that this community consistently shows us, and we hope you feel the love we try to send back out to you all. If you have a moment, please click over to Willamette Week’s voting page and cast your ballot for some of your favorite Portland places - and maybe include Back to Eden in some of those if you feel so inclined. You’ll see us under Best Gluten Free Restaurant, Best Dessert House, and Best Bakery!
We’d also like to take a moment to share with you a cause that’s very important to us. One of the things we love most about running this company is the incredible community that is drawn to it and the opportunity we have to use this platform to champion causes that are important to us. Our transgendered friends and family are very dear to us and especially during this time when their civil liberties are under assault across the nation it is vitally important that we not only stand together in solidarity against all forms of bigotry and discrimination but that we offer our support wherever we can. Well our friend Hazel is one brave and blossoming soul who could use our collective support to feel her absolute best in her body as she transitions into the woman she is meant to become. Please take a look at HazelLiberated and donate if you can and feel called. There are some great incentives if you need one such as a gift certificate for a special occasion cake from us among other things!
It’s likely that you’ll be hearing from us again soon as we share new spring and summer updates regarding Back to Eden Bakery and our lovely community. Either way, we hope to see you around the storefront and cart location soon!

With love,
Back to Eden Bakery


Did you know that we've expanded?

Posted on Mar 10, 2016
Hello friends! We hope that this rainy season hasn't dampered your spirits too much by now. With spring so close, we are all anticipating a lush, vibrant season ahead. With the changing of weather, we felt we should share some information about our second location with anyone that hasn't had the pleasure of visiting it yet. The outdoor experience of dining at our food cart is perfect for longer days and warmer weather, so be sure to keep reading! We don't want you to miss out.
While our flagship store on NE Alberta St. has certainly served us and this wonderful community well, we couldn't help feel it was time to make our products more accessible to a greater swath of Portland food lovers! That is why a year ago this April, Back to Eden Bakery installed a "food cart" on SE Division St. at the Tidbit Food Farm & Garden cart pod on the corner of SE 28th Pl. and Division St. More of a bakery shack than a food cart, we're thrilled to be able to bring our one-of-a-kind vegan gluten-free treats to this part of town.
So in case this is news to you, you'll want to put visiting us at Tidbit on your spring to-do list. The pod serves up some really diverse cuisine with lots of vegan and gluten-free options. You can find anything from Hapa ramen bowls, Hawaiian lunch at Namu, Paper Bag Pizza,Thai, Indian, or Mediterranean, and our favorite all vegetarian Earth Burgers PDX with 5 world-inspired patties and fries that can't be beat. You can even score some amazing hand-made local gifts at Menagerie, thrift a new outfit at Lodekka  and grab a stellar microbrew from Scout PDX's beer garden while sitting around the fire pit located at the center of the pod. It really is a quintessential Portland experience that pairs perfectly with our 100% plant based vegan gluten-free baked goods, desserts and dairy-free soft serve ice cream, shakes and sundaes!
You'll be able find many of your favorite items from our NE location, like our fresh array of morning pastries with a cup of Trailhead Coffee, cupcakes, mini pies, whoopies, and savory items like tomato kale cashew tarts, quiche and GF bagels from New Cascadia with sundried tomato rosemary cream cheese. We also carry our popular biscuits & gravy on the weekend until we sell out - so the earlier the better!

Our hours are currently Sunday through Wednesday 10am-6pm, and Thursday through Saturday 9am-9pm. Starting Sunday, March 20th, our hours will switch to 9am-9pm, 7 days a week as we welcome in the spring!

We are currently running a special all month long: visit us at our SE location Monday through Wednesday and receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone for every $20 you spend!

We thank everyone for their continued support through the years and beyond. It is the dedication and love from our community that keeps us motivated every day to provide you all with fresh, organic, plant-based products. We hope to see you all soon!

With love,

Back to Eden Bakery