Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Which Nature's Bakery products are vegan-friendly?
A. Below is a list of our vegan products.  Note that many of our products are excluded because they are made with honey.  Honey-consuming vegans will have many more options than those listed below.  
  • Cookies: Maple Almond
  • Granolas: Maple Walnut, Apple Cinnamon, Trail Mix
  • Breads: Whole Wheat, Caraway Rye & Pita
  • Vegetarian Burgers: Brazilliant, Tofu Walnut, Amazing Grain
  • Vegan Spinach Teese Calzone
  • Irish Soda Bread (limited availability) Fruited and Savory
Q. Which products are gluten-free?


A. While Nature's Bakery is unable to describe any of its products as "gluten-free" -- all of our items are prepared on the same equipment and in the same facility as our wheat breads and foods - we do our best to keep different products apart, but we cannot guarantee that there are absolutely no traces of wheat or gluten in any particular product-- we do have several products that have no wheat, barley or rye of any kind:
Q. Where does Nature's Bakery source its ingredients from?
A.  Nature's Bakery Cooperative is committed to purchasing our ingredients from small local distributors.  This keeps our economic power circulating within our regional community, rather than siphoning it away to large corporations. We also use fresh, organically grown ingredients whenever possible. For example:
  • Flours & Grains: Natural Way Mills, a certified organic grower in East Grand Forks, MN
  • Honey: Mark Gilbert's Apiaries, in Darlington, WI
  • Barley Malt Syrup: Briess Malt in Chilton, WI
  • Maple Syrup: Kickapoo Gold, certified organic, from Westby, WI
  • Miscellaneous ingredients: Valley Baker's Cooperative Association, a cooperative in Neenah, WI, & UNFI, a national natural foods distributor based in Iowa City, IA
Q. Why does Nature's Bakery use organic whole grains?
A. We use organic whole grains because we are committed to providing our customers with the healthiest baked goods possible. Organic whole grains are major sources of essential amino acids, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. They also provide more fiber, B-vitamins, and other essential nutrients than "enriched" flours.
Organic whole grains are not only valuable for what they include, but even more for what they exclude. The grains we use contain none of the bleaches or chemical additives in processed grains. Our selection of grains is 100% organic; none contain harmful pesticides, herbicides or preservatives.
Many of our customers are directed by doctors to incorporate organic whole grains into their diets. Fiber has been shown to reduce the risk of some forms of cancer & heart disease.

We also use organic ingredients to support sustainable agriculture practices; conventional agriculture today is often heavy in pesticide and herbicide use, use of genetically modified crops, and fertilizer from antibiotic-treated livestock.  These practices are linked with a host of human and ecosystem health issues that organic agriculture can counter and remedy.  For more information, we suggest checking out the United Nation's worldwide assessment report on the value of sustainable agriculture, available here.
Q. Which sweeteners does Nature's Bakery use?
A. We use pure honey, barley malt, organic maple syrup, and blackstrap molasses in our bread and granola. These sweeteners are all-natural and retain all of their natural nutritional benefits.
The same sweeteners are in our cookies, with the addition of turbinado sugar. Turbinado sugar is less refined than white or brown sugar, and processed without bleach or "boneblack" (a byproduct of commercial animal agriculture).
Because of our awareness of the variety of health problems associated with the over-consumption of sweeteners, we do not use refined white or brown sugars in any of our products. We also provide a limited selection of products that are fruit-sweetened or unsweetened, including breads and granola.

Q. When is your bread delivered fresh to stores?

A.  Our bread is baked fresh on Mondays and Thursdays during normal non-holiday weeks, and is delivered fresh to our client stores in the Madison metro area Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Q. When is your return bread available?

A.  We stock our return breads in our storefront on Tuesday afternoons until sold out.  These are unsold loaves of bread that have come back from the stores, are between 3-4 days old and are available for $2.00 each.  At the end of the day on Tuesdays the leftovers are bagged up and donated.  Please stop by during these times to pick up a loaf of return bread on the stair landing above our storefront.

Q. How long should I cook your burgers?

A.  We recommend cooking any of our frozen vegan burgers for 15-20 minutes at 350°F.  Alternately, to pan-fry, we suggest frying our burgers in a lightly oiled pan for 3-4 minutes per side on medium to medium high heat.  All of our burgers are pre-baked.

Q. Where can I find nutritional information for your products?

A.  On the product page for each: bread, granola, vegan burgers, calzones, and cookies.

Q. Can I make a donation request?

A.  Yes.  Nature's Bakery regularly donates food products and storefront gift certificates to charities and organizations that contact us.  To make a donation request, please send us an email with "ATTN: Donations" in the subject line.  Please be aware that we cannot honor every request, but please feel free to ask.

Q. You're on the second floor of the what's on the first floor?

A. Williamson Magnetic Recording Company, an analog, all-magnetic-tape recording facility.  The space is rented from us and operated by two of our former bakers, Tessa Echeverria and Mark Haines.  Read a story about them here.

Q. What stores carry your products?

A. We sell at the following locations in the regions listed below -- please click your area to see the stores near you that stock our products.


Madison Area: East Side
Nature's Bakery Cooperative Storefront
1019 Williamson Street
Madison, WI 53703
Willy Street Co-op East
1221 Williamson Street
Madison, WI
(Bread, granola in bulk and 1# bags, burgers, calzones, and  wheat-free flat bread)
Eastside Farmer's Market
Tuesday from 4-6pm, May-December
Central Park
(All products, & our Irish Soda Breads!)
Woodman's Food Market - East
3817 Milwaukee Street
Madison, WI
(Bread, granola, burgers, calzones & wheatfree flat bread)
Jenifer Street Market
2038 Jenifer Street
Madison, WI
(Bread, granola, burgers, wheat-free flat bread & calzones) 
Hy-Vee East
3801 E Washington Ave
Madison, WI
(Granola in bulk and 1# bags, & burgers)
Madison Area: UW Campus
Capitol Centre Market
111 N. Broom Street
Madison, WI
(1# bags, burgers and calzones)
Fresh Madison Market
703 University Avenue
Madison, WI
(Granola in bulk and 1# bags, & burgers)
Madison Area: West Side
Woodman's Food Market - West
725 S. Gammon Road
Madison, WI
(Bread, granola, burgers, wheat-free flat bread & calzones)

Willy Street Co-op West
6825 University Avenue  
Middleton, WI 53562
(Bread, granola in bulk and 1# bags, burgers, calzones,and wheat-free flat bread)
Metcalfe's Hilldale
Metcalfe's Market - Hilldale Shopping Center
726 N. Midvale Blvd
Madison, WI
(Bread, granola, burgers & calzones)

Metcalfe's West Towne Mall
7455 Mineral Point Rd
Madison, WI
608 829-3500
Whole Foods Market Madison
3313 University Avenue
Madison, WI
(Granola in bulk and 1# bags, bread, burgers, and calzones)
Regent Market Co-op
2136 Regent Street
Madison, WI
(Bread, granola, and burgers)
Knoche's Food Center
5372 Old Middleton Road
Madison, WI
(Granola in 1# bags)
Hy-Vee Westgate
675 S Whitney Way
Madison, WI
(Granola 1# bags, Burgers and Calzones)
Hy-Vee Fitchburg
2920 Fitchrona Rd
Fitchburg, WI
(Granola 1# bags, Burgers and Calzones)
Madison Area: North Side:
Willy Street Co-op North
2817 N Sherman Ave.
Madison, WI
(Bread, granola in bulk and 1# bags, burgers, calzones,
and wheat-free flat bread)
Milwaukee Area
Beans & Barley Market & Cafe
1901 East North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI
(Granola 1# bags and burgers)
Outpost Natural Foods
    • ONF Capitol: 100 E. Capitol Dr, Milwaukee, WI;  414-961-2597
    • ONF Bayview: 2826 S. Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI;  414-755-3202
    • ONF Wauwatosa: 7000 W. State St, Wauwatosa, WI;  414-778-2012
  • ONF Mequon: 7490 Mequon Rd, Mequon, WI; 262-242-0426
(Granola bulk, burgers, and Calzones)
    Riverwest Co-op & Cafe
    733 E. Clarke Street
    Milwaukee, WI
    (Pita Bread, granola 1# bags, granola bulk, and tail mix)

    Whole Foods Milwaukee
    2305 North Prospect Avenue  
    Milwaukee, WI 53211
    (Granola 1 # bags)
    Metcalfe's Wauwatosa
     6700 W. State Street
    Wauwatosa, WI 53213
    Greater Wisconsin Regional
                        Basics Cooperative
                        1711 Lodge Drive
                        Janesville, WI
    Bushel & Peck's
    328 State Street
    Beloit, WI
    Driftless Market
    95 W. Main Street
    Platteville, WI
    Good Harvest
    2205 Silvernail Road
    Pewaukee, WI
    Health Hut Brookfield
    19035 W. Bluemound Road
    Health Hut Hales Corners
    5610 S. 108th Street
    Health Hut Mukwonago
    325 Bay View Road
    Health Hut West Allis
    2225 S. 108th Street
    Just Local Food
    1117 South Farwell
    Eau Claire, WI
    Pine River Food Co-op
    196 W Court St.
    Richland Center, WI
              Stevens Point Area Coop
              633 2nd Street
              Stevens Point, WI
                        Viroqua Food Cooperative
                        609 North Main Street
                        Viroqua, WI
                        (Bulk Granola)
    Lake Mills Market
    375 W Tyranena Park Rd
    Lake Mills, WI
    (Granola 1 # bags, Burgers)
    Whole Foods Wauwatosa
    11100 W. Burleigh Street
    Wauwatosa, WI
    (Granola 1# bags)
    Woodman's Sun Prairie
    1099 South Grand Ave.
    Sun Prairie, WI, 53590
    (608) 825-1511
    (Granola, burgers & calzones)
    Woodman's Kenosha
    7145 120th Ave
    Kenosha, WI 53142
    (262) 857-3801
    (Granola 1# bags)
    Woodman's Oak Creek
    8131 South Howell Avenue
    Oak Creek, WI US 53154
    (414) 376-4023
    Yahara River Grocery Cooperative
    229 East Main St
    Stoughton, WI
    (Granola 1 # bags, bread, burgers)
    Illinois Regional
    Austin Parker Naturals
    509 S. Main Street
    Princeton, IL
    Naturally Organic
    112 W. Main Street
    Rockton, IL

    Minnesota Regional: Twin Cities

    Seward Co-op
    2823 East Franklin Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN
    Wedge Co-op
    2105 Lyndale Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN
    Eastside Food Co-op
    2551 Central Ave NE
    Minneapolis, MN
    People's Food Co-op
    519 1st Ave SW - Street Level 
    Rochester, MN