Welcome to the Pittsfield Rye and Specialty Breads Company, the
Western Massachusetts home of superior craft-baked breads that
are made with old world care and dedication to quality. Pittsfield Rye Bakery was founded by Charlie Robbins in 1929
when he moved from Brooklyn, New York with his original rye bread recipe. Now
owned and operated by a
third generation of the Robbins family, we continue the traditions that would
make our grandfather proud. Pittsfield Rye and
Specialty Breads is primarily a wholesale baker, although we do
have a retail store that is open Fridays and Saturdays, from
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. In addition to frozen dough, thaw & serve, and par-baked frozen breads, we provide bread to restaurants, hotels,
schools, and supermarkets throughout the region. We have also
been partnered with the Big Y World Class Markets for over 20
years, where you can find our Seeded Rye, Plain Rye, Marble Rye,
Black Russian Pumpernickel, Berkshire Bread, and – coming
soon – our newest bread, Honey Sunflower. You might also find us at seasonal farmers’ markets and
craft fairs. We are a nut-free and kosher pareve facility using only the finest
ingredients, expertly developed recipes, extended fermentation,
and hearth baking. Our mission is to provide exquisite products
and service that will exceed our customers’ expectations,
focusing on the creation of breads and rolls that are essential
components of a healthy lifestyle.
Shop our retail store in Pittsfield, open Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:00
AM to 2:00 PM.
Our signature “Farmer’s Bread” is a perfect example of how our
business philosophy and fine baked goods go hand in hand. Quite
simply, this loaf stimulates all five senses, a visual treat
topped with wholesome rolled oats and sunflower seeds. Our
Farmer’s Bread ingredients include sesame seeds, poppy seeds,
minced onion, dill weed, rye chops and honey. It is quite
possibly the tastiest bread you will have ever eaten, also sold in The Big Y
stores under the name “Berkshire Bread”. Another healthy
favorite is our 100% Stone Ground Whole Wheat 12 Grain. We like
to think of this bread as “health in a loaf”. Our newest bread,
Honey Sunflower, is made with cold stone ground milled rye flour
that is sprouted and then carmelized with toasted sunflower
seeds and honey. An all natural masterpiece! We are also
pleased and honored that our Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Bread was named one of
America’s Top 10 Raisin Breads in the first annual competition sponsored by the
California Raisin Marketing Board and the American Institute of
Baking, held in Manhattan, Kansas.
All of our breads are made in a new, environmentally controlled facility, where they are baked in a 5-deck stone oven. This state-of-the art oven ensures that each hearth-baked loaf has
the maximum oven spring (volume), a beautiful shine, and the
perfect crust. Our flour is never bleached or bromated, and we
are continually challenging ourselves to formulate new and
exciting recipes, techniques, and healthy living alternatives.
In addition to breads, we produce a variety of rolls (including
Kaiser, grinder, dinner, and hot dog rolls in all sizes) as well
as pizza shells and pizza sheets.
Hover over the thumbnails
below to view larger versions of the photos, or click on any
hyperlinked bread name to learn more about many of our
fine breads. Each link will open a PDF file showing nutrition
facts and a list of ingredients. Then ask for them in your favorite store, or visit
us during our store hours. Our breads are currently available at
fine food retailers and specialty markets in Massachusetts,
Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New York. Wherever you find our breads, we are sure that you will
relish the experience!
Our customers absolutely love our bread! Here are
some comments that we recently received:
Just a short note to say that you make THE BEST rye bread. I haven't tasted rye bread like that since I visited my grandmother in the Bronx fifty years ago. Dense and chewy deliciousness.
I married a women originally from Pittsfield and her grandparents were one of your local competitors in the sixties and seventies. Small world.
Keep up the good work!
Mark K. -