Greyston Bakery was founded in 1982 by a Zen Buddhist meditation group led by Bernard Tetsugen Glassman, a former aerospace engineer with an entrepreneurial spirit and a bold vision. The group borrowed $300,000 and opened a small storefront bakery in the
The original goal — to produce quality, locally made products that would give the group a sustainable, satisfying livelihood — soon inspired a socially responsible business extending opportunity to others.
For years, Greyston Bakery indulged metropolitan
's most discerning tastes, supplying outstanding desserts to many of the city's top-rated restaurants.
In 1988, Greyston found a new calling in the inclusion of baked goods in ice cream, and since then has become the exclusive producer of brownies for the renowned Ben & Jerry's brand, among others.
In addition to their output of 20,000 pounds of ice cream mix-ins per day, Greyston now proudly offers a line of exceptional gourmet brownies.
All this takes place in a state-of-the-art facility conceived by the renowned designer Maya Lin and completed in 2004 on the banks of the
There, the Bakery continues to be a force for self-transformation and community renewal, offering on-site training and fair wages and benefits to more than 65 local residents, regardless of their work history.
Consistent with the company’s social mission, profits from Greyston Bakery support the Greyston Foundation's community development initiatives, including low-income housing, childcare, health services, and technology education.