Our Story

While working at a commercial bakery in the '80s, our founders Mark Friend and Fred Spompinato developed a shared love of bread. Mark became enamored with the sourdough fermentation process, while Fred was partial to a grainy wheat loaf. They recognized a need in Kansas City for fresh bread baked from quality ingredients. In 1993, Farm to Market Bread Co. was born from that idea. Our founders were committed to quality and authenticity, and we bring that same commitment to every loaf we bake, every day.

In the early days, Farm to Market Bread Co. was run out of the back of a Westport restaurant. Mark and Fred traded bread for rent and delivered from the back of their cars. After a few years, they moved the bakery into a building in Waldo with room to grow and Mark became the sole owner of the company. Now in an even larger space in the Crossroads, Farm to Market Bread Co. is run by Mark and his son, John Friend.

Today, Farm to Market Bread Co. is the largest fresh bread bakery in the area. We employ 65 people that bake, pack and deliver fresh bread to 200 grocery stores and restaurants across the KC area every day. Given our history, you won't be surprised to learn that San Francisco Sourdough and Grains Galore are our most popular breads.

our baking philosophy

We believe that bread should be made authentically from quality ingredients. To us, this means made naturally, baked locally and served fresh. Our breads are made by hand with natural starters, long fermentation processes and real ingredients. We never use artificial preservatives or additives.


Our breads, made with the finest all natural ingredients, are aromatic, flavorful and fresh. Natural starters give birth again and again to the next starter for the next loaf, and long fermentation ensures superior flavor and texture. Each loaf is handcrafted and baked daily by proud artisan bakers.


Proud of our Kansas City roots, Farm to Market Bread has been a leader in high caliber artisan bread since 1993. Every day, we bake bread in the heart of Kansas City and it doesn't ever travel far to get to your favorite restaurant or grocery store. As a small business, we believe in supporting other local companies and we source many of our ingredients from Missouri and Kansas.


In our heart, we believe you should eat today's bread today. Never will it have better moisture, taste and texture. We bake and deliver seven days a week, 363 days a year. Because we don't use any artificial preservatives, all loaves will only stay fresh for a few days.