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Articles by Bryan Foster

Bryan Foster has written for High Country News, E Magazine, and Montana Magazine. His is the author of Wild Logging: Sustainable Forestry Among Western Woodlot Owners.

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And when the children of Israel saw it, many said one to another, It is manna! … And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat. — Exodus, 16:15

There’s a big pile of bread at the Portland Public Market in southern Maine. These aren’t plastic-wrapped, sandwich-slice loaves; these are round loaves with hard crusts — tan and black, springy and crunchy. There’s apple cranberry, roasted red pepper, multigrain, rye, olive, Italian, organic whole wheat. The Italian bread is light, a perfect companion for sweet butter and jam; the whole wheat bread is heavy, a tool you might use to sop up stew.

Manna from heaven.Photo: Bryan Foster.

The baker of these creations, Borealis Breads — named for the dancing northern lights — is one of Maine’s most successful businesses. Founded in 1993, Borealis has grown from one to 55 employees.

Borealis Founder Jim Amaral is the president of Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility, a group that includes Tom’s of Maine and the College of the Atlantic. MBSR encourages businesses to conserve energy and recycl... Read more