When Faith learned about Greyston's open hiring policy, benefits, and apprenticeship program, she knew what she wanted. Her relentless phone calls and persistance paid off in a full-time position in December 2001. She was then 43, a struggling single parent who had been in and out of jobs where she never felt like more than a "punch-card number." From the beginning, each learning experience and opportunity to teach others "made me feel proud," she says.

Faith thrives on challenges, from the food safety course she completed to the computer skills she is gaining. "I ask questions," says Faith, an Assistant Supervisor in Training. "I'm never afraid to ask questions.



Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Winter Wonderland Canival...

Greetings all!

Just yesterday, Greyston Bakery held its annual "Holiday Carnival"- and a great time was had by all! The brownie artisans were all invited to have a little fun by participating in a number of different carnival-inspired games at which you could win tickets. These tickets could then be used used in the raffles that were to be held later on in the afternoon. Some of the games were actually thought up by folks right here at the bakery- like the one I've dubbed 'ring the reindeer' shown on the left.

After a while of playing games, it was time to raffle off some goodies. Up for grabs were an iPod Nano, DVD player, and a digital camera, among other things. Every ticket that one placed in a raffle item's bucket would increase his or her chances of winning the item. After 15 or so minutes of deliberation, the carnival-goers decided how they would distribute their tickets, and let the rest up to fate. Unfortunately, not everyone won a raffle prize- but everyone did get a gift from the bakery.

Lastly, some had chosen to participate in a 'secret Santa' before we broke for a nice Holiday lunch! The food was delicious and everyone left the meal with a full belly. I wish it were the Holiday season more often...Remember, just enter BCORP09 at checkout and you get 10% OFF your purchase at our webstore until the New Year!

Enjoy your week,

-The Do-Goodie Family

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Top 10 Brownie Facts, National Brownie Day, and the WB!

Hey folks- how are you? Today is National Brownie Day! In celebration of this little known holiday here in the United States, Greyston Bakery presents to you the Top 10 Brownie Facts to sweeten your day!

  1. The first brownie ever made, like other culinary mishaps (the sandwich, pizza, potato chip) was actually a mistake. The baker didn’t have baking powder and ended up with an unleavened fudgy treat.
  2. The first brownie recipe was found in a Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue in the 1800’s. Sears’ last general merchandise catalogue was published in 1993.
  3. The world’s largest brownie was made in 2001. It weighed in at 3,000 lbs. and was made with 750 lbs. of chocolate chips, 500 lbs. of butter, 850 lbs of sugar, 500 lbs. of flour and 3,500 eggs!
  4. The first brownie made was not actually a brownie at all. It was a tasty treat sweetened with molasses that we now know as a blondie.
  5. The brownie has its roots in America. However, similar bar cookies and squares can be found internationally, including baklava in the Middle East, nanaimo bars from Canada and tray bakes from the UK.
  6. There are two types of brownies: fudgy and cake-like. According to Greyston Bakery research, fudgy tops the preference list of most consumers.
  7. Although its origin may be shrouded in mystery, its name is not, which is clearly derived from its brown color.
  8. Brownie points in modern usage are a hypothetical social currency, which can be accrued by doing good deeds or earning favor in the eyes of another- often one's superior. The origin of the term is unclear.
  9. Although cannabis is the most controversial brownie mix-in, walnut remains the most popular and legal.
  10. Typically served as a dessert, brownies can be enjoyed for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack!
We were very happy to see that the WB took a fancy to our Top 10 Brownie facts and put together a little piece on Do-Goodie brownies. Check out the video of Do-Goodie being featured on the WPIX Morning Show earlier today!

The SWEET DEAL of the week comes with the purchase of our 24-piece Keepsake box- you get a FREE copy of The Greyston Bakery Cookbook while supplies last! (No code necessary.)

All the best,
The Do-Goodie Family

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Monday, December 7, 2009

B Corp's "Season of Giving.."

It's finally beginning to feel like winter- wouldn't you say? Holiday decorations are popping up everywhere! We here at the Greyston Bakery want to extend a wholehearted thank you to all of our customers and supporters by offering you a 10% discount if you shop with us online. Just enter BCORP09 at checkout. This offer will last through New Years and is part B Corporation's 5-week long "Season of Giving" program- a collaboration between us and 20+ other certified B Corporations (read about what it means to be a B Corporation here) that offers great gifts from good great prices! You can see what other great B Corporations are offering discounts as well by visiting the Season of Giving web page.

Look for some exciting updates and some exciting news in the coming weeks and as we enter 2010!

-The Do-Goodie Family


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