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Plow Creek Bakery is a small, independent bakery set within Plow Creek Fellowship, an intentional Christian community in rural Illinois. We’ve been making whole wheat breads with organic flour and seeds, along with several white flour products, for over 10 years, using a certified kitchen that is inspected by the local health department. We’ve been slowly growing and expanding our line of products to include organic white flour bagels, homemade crackers, pita bread, rye bread, 4 kinds of sweet rolls, yummy cakes, and 12 kinds of cookies. Our major marketing is during the Farmer’s Market season, from May through September, providing products for 6 different markets a week. All of our products are made from scratch, with no use of either chemicals or preservatives. We’re proud of what we make, and enjoy hearing good responses from many of our customers.

Over the past several years, we’ve had good help from some of the various folks who have been here as Plow Creek Farm interns. Last summer we had a full time bakery intern (about 30 hrs. per week) for the bakery, ideally from early May through September. So if you enjoy baking, have an interest in exploring life in a small intentional Christian community, and would like to have some first hand experience in working in, and learning to manage a small bakery, we’d like to hear from you.

By the end of the summer, we’ll provide you with experience in the following areas:

Mixing, shaping and baking all of our various products

Planning the baking for various days in a week

Planning what would be needed for the different markets

Going weekly to a farmer’s market, setting up, selling, relating to customers

Doing inventory of supplies and placing orders

Packaging of products

Developing a new products if desired

This past summer, Leah Warner was with us as the bakery intern and we had a good time together. She is glad to email with you if you have any questions or would like her perspective on her experience with Plow Creek Bakery. Her email is leahwea(at)

Housing, inexpensive or free food from Plow Creek farm and bakery, and a stipend of $300 a month will be provided. For more information, please contact Louise Stahnke at Also, check out our website at

Plow Creek Bakery items are available at Princeton Farmers' Market during market season

(Tuesday 3:30 - 7:00 and Saturday, 8:30 - 2, at Miller Park on Main Street by the Amtrak station),
multigrain bread at
Austin Parker (509 S. Main St. Princeton, 815-875-1751),
cookies at Sweeties (646 S. Main St Princeton, 815-872-2676)
and by order .

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In January 2007 Plow Creek Bakery recieved a "Certificate of Excellence in Food Sanitation" from the Bureau and Putnam County Health Department.

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