Husband and wife team Andre and Jessica Kempton launched Wild Leaven Bakery in 2012 as a key link in the local food chain. The family-owned and operated retail and wholesale business specializes in artisanal breads and baked goods that use local, organic ingredients.

"I got into the Taos Farmer's Market, and that was kind of a stepping stone into the business," said Kempton, who had worked as a baker's apprentice for five years in Santa Fe before setting up the company. They leased a commercial kitchen for the first few years, and in 2016, they launched their brick and mortar operation in a plaza storefront across from Kit Carson Park in the center of Taos.

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