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Lists: Three bakeries we love

Bakeries. Yum. Ashland has plenty and the bakers know what they’re doing. Here are some we love:

La Baguette / Railroad Cafe — On A Street, across from the hardware store, off the beaten tourist track, owned and run by Merrill Smith for 25 years — “half my life,” he says. There's seating inside and out, with great views of the Cascades. Pastries, breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, Cuban tamales, stuffed bagels and coffee, among other items, are available. There are jazz jams from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, with Thursday sessions expected to be added soon. A wonderful spot to stop in at on First Friday and hear some music. 

Four and Twenty Blackbirds Bakery — Also on A Street (behind the old Cantwell’s), near Oak Street. You can enjoy the usual array of yummy baked goods, made with unusual panache, all made from scratch using maximum local and organic ingredients. Scones, “phenomenal” chocolate croissants, sublime turnovers (peach, strawberry-rhubarb, peach, cherry apple, on and on), sandwiches and more. Noble coffee and wild-crafted local teas are available. there are tables inside and out. It's open seven days a week.

The Village Baker — On East Main Street near Gresham Street. Here you find bakers of an amazing array of breads — whole wheat, sourdoughs, fruit and nut breads, French breads, baguettes, many of which go to area restaurants and stores for resale. Pastries and breads are available for walk-in shoppers — along with the heavenly waft of doughy aroma wafting from toasty ovens. Open daily, 9 to 5.