About Wild Leaven Bakery



About Wild Leaven Bakery

Wild Leaven Bakery is a small family-owned and operated business that specializes in long fermentation artisanal sourdough bread and baked goods using organic, local grains and ingredients.

Wild Leaven Bakery sources organic ingredients and supports farmers and ranchers located in the Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado bioregion, while giving priority to heritage and heirloom grains.

Besides our Taos retail store, you can find our organic sourdough bread in about 20 locations throughout the enchanted state of New Mexico. At our Taos retail store, we offer breakfast and lunch all day, and during the Taos Farmers Market’s season, you can meet us there on Saturday mornings to pick up your favorite bread and baked goods. We now offer shipping nationwide !

Our unique 24-hour fermentation process comes with numerous benefits including delicious full sourdough flavors, lower glycemic index numbers, breakdown of anti-nutrients in grains like phytic acid, breakdown of gluten and carbohydrates by microorganisms, longer shelf life, and an easier digestion. 

Bon appétit!


In the News


Baking for the love of it (Taos News)

Wild Leaven Bakery wants to strengthen the local food economy in Northern NM, one link - and loaf - at a time (Edible NM)

Staff of life: Wild Leaven Bakery is sourdough heaven (Taos News)

Andre Kempton knows the art and science of making bread (Taos News)

Taos' Wild Leaven Bakery serves up loaves with substance (Santa Fe New Mexican)

Wild Leaven: Love your bread (Live Taos)

Break Bread. Give Thanks (Local Flavor)

The Best Bakery in All 50 states (Mental Floss)

Eat + Taos, NM (Cartogramme)




What our valued customers say

"What a delight!!! I had a green Chile and cheese croissant yesterday and  Came back for more today! If it's that good, you have to tell people!" Lex P.

"The bread here is somehow simultaneously dense and airy, so moist and full of texture! We've tried bakeries all over Santa Fe and in San Francisco, and glad we drove to Taos for this one as it's now my favorite. We had read about this place in Edible New Mexico, and appreciated how this small family owned business supports local grains and farms. We also tried a bunch of pastries (Regular croissant, green Chile croissant, cinnamon swirl & Chile pecan bar). The star is really the bread and we want to try all the varieties, and hear the soup is really good too!" ~ Kim N.

"This week, I noticed your breads at Natural Grocers. Purchased the sourdough and Fennel/Rye breads...and both are exceptional!!! I'm allergic to most flour Brea and had zero allergy symptoms with your products. Feel free to use this as a testimonial." ~ Tom R.

"This is by far the best bread I've ever had. I'm a bit of a bread fiend, and living in N. Europe has given me an affinity for hearty whole grain loaves. And Wild Leaven doesn't disappoint. Long fermentations makes it easier to digest and assimilate, and you can tell they put so much TLC into their work. Don't miss the fennel and molasses! Thank you for such beautiful creations." ~ Austin G.

"Wild Leaven in Taos NM offers amazing homemade soups, panini, pizza scones and bread! Wonderful vibe to eat in and feels like cheers where they know you by name. I love this place. Must stop in and enjoy the incredible food and wonderful people who put their heart into it!" ~ Rebecca H.

"We bought your sourdough bread at Natural Grocers in Albuquerque yesterday and it is fabulous. We are so happy to have found such a high quality bread here. You should know it is the best bread we have ever tasted. And so happy it is low carb too, given the dietary restrictions we experience (pre-diabetes). Can't wait to get to Taos and see your bakery. Thanks again and keep Natural Grocers stocked with your products, please!" ~ Paulette & Dan

"We were in Taos 10 days ago and I found the bread at Cid's Market. The most amazing bread we've every tasted. Real sourdough taste and pure ingredients. We have nothing like this in Boulder. Hard to believe. Do you ship? We'd love to place an order." ~ Mari N.

"I live in NYC, the city of great bread, and yet the sour dough here was the best I've ever had! Thank you for making something so delicious." ~ Sunita V.

"Great glutem free selections!"~ Carrie L.

"YUM!!! Wild yeasts. Organic grains. Homemade soups. Even a gluten free sourdough!!! Heavy rich breads. Tastings available. Bring cash. No credit. Wonderful helpful staff. Don't miss this tucked away bakery." ~ Betsy A .

"This is a must stop local bakery if you are in Taos. I travel there now and then and this is such a delicious spot, grab a baked good and walk downtown to check out all the cute stores. The bread is also just so delish! Love to bring home a loaf for soups, sammich, etc. The staff is great and it's awesome how you can see their whole set up right in front of you, gives you a sense of cleanliness." ~ Nyeema S.

"Different from the boules and batards you will see in many bakeries, this bread has a character that comes from where it is made. I appreciate the local inspiration behind it, rather than the baker trying to cater to the good but widely available French standard. However French pastries are also offered, and are incredible. It's nice to eat bread with a sense of place!" ~Hudson G.

"Fresh and delicious! The homemade dijon on my panini was best I have ever had! Wish I lived nearby but back to Sacramento, CA today. Sigh." Kelly C.

"I'm a baker and when I walked in I knew this was really good bread. Stopped in for soup, bread and a pastry. Loved it all so much I hunted them down at the farmers market in town." ~ Andrew S.

"Got one of their pecan chili squares at the farmers market. Amazing! Also had some of their sourdough and multigrain bread. Best I’ve ever tasted." ~ Matthew C.

"Incredibly delicious, filling, and nourishing food. It's so great to be able to sample all the artisan breads. Also, being able to watch the bakers at work makes for a very fulfilling experience. This place is very special!" ~ Francine B.

"Still stands out in my travels as I passed through town. Love the Taos area. This place is a gem and was referred to me by one of the locals. I am gluten intolerant, and the breads here gave me no troubles. Hope to visit again some day." ~ Nick T.

"This is the best bread I have ever had the great pleasure of eating. I am gluten sensitive and have no reaction at all to their bread." ~ Elena L.

"Best Bakery in Taos!" ~ Bone Head

"Huzzah! Your Panettone is excellent. Also, I have never had the pleasure of enjoying FRESH Christmas bread. Thank you. "  ~ Gino S.