Nauvoo Mill & Bakery

Day after day, these skilled bakers keep a watchful eye over longstanding family recipes, making sure the flavors of their community are at the forefront of everything that leaves the oven.

in Illinois Makers, Food & Beverages
November 01, 2017

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Family always knows best, at least for Nauvoo Mill Bakery, which has been family-run since 1955.

Harold Smith was onto something great when he opened his bakery’s doors in 1955. He set his sights on nature for the best ingredients and then let his hands to do the rest of the work. The bakery was set to be authentic, hardworking and Midwestern to its core. Teetering the western edge of the Illinois border along the Mississippi River is where you’ll find Nauvoo, IL, a town which the bakery has called home since day 1. It’s a town rich in history, Midwestern values and community. In 1984, Smith sold his bakery to the Brown family, who moved it uptown but continue to bake everything with as much heart as Harold Smith once did. Taking the bakery’s original plans to heart, the family also looks to local farmers for eggs and beekeepers for honey. Day after day, these skilled bakers keep a watchful eye over longstanding family recipes, making sure the flavors of their community are at the forefront of everything that leaves the oven. 

Just as the small town of Nauvoo has stayed true to its roots over the years, so has this bakery. The Brown family has continued to source grain locally, stone grind every last bit of it and stay true to the recipes that have made The Nauvoo Mill & Bakery the local favorite that it’s grown to be.

While taking in nature’s endless sights along the Mississippi, stop in, say hi and experience local flavor at Nauvoo Mill Bakery.

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