8 Arms Community Bakery

The South Puget Sound's Only Community Supported Bakery

About 8 Arms Community Bakery

"8 Arms Community Bakery is locally owned and operated in Olympia, Washington. I provide handcrafted, artisan baked goods made from local, natural and organic ingredients. You can purchase a share of the bakery and get baked goods on a regular basis. I also do special orders and supply wholesale items."


Here are some of the testimonials received by 8 Arms Community Bakery:

"Yum... wow, we are loving our little sampler.  Everything is just delicious."


"Everything has been good so far. I just had a slice of slightly warmed pumpkin bread - ummmmm!  Very good! Overall, what I like the most is that the sweets are not too sweet, and the savory breads are substantial,  not the fluffy "wonder bread" stuff."


"I love your vegan raspberry hazelnut bars! They are my favorite treat."


"Really liked the sunshine bread! Yummy warmed up with butter.  Thanks"


“We picked our our first sample bakery share this week and it was delicious! Potato rosemary garlic bread, honey apple almond bread, almond shortbread cookies and coconut bars. Wow, it’s all amazing! Can’t wait to see what’s next. Such a great program and I love that it supports the local community. Thanks.”


“Hi Jen, Awesome baked goods!! thanks (my favorite: ginger cookies and David’s the Hiker bars :) ((looking forward to next weeks’ as well))”


“We are so happy to find your gluten-free bread in the Co-Op Olympia. We live in south of Yelm but it is worth the trip to buy your products at the Co-Op. The zuchini loaf, and three other breads we have tried are simply the best GF we have found. Thanks”


“WOW, I love your bakery. I have bought several items at local fairs. The almond fig bread was so good, and all the delicious bars. Can’t wait to try the chocolate hazelnut pie and sourdough bread. I’m so happy you are here!”


“I purchased a share on Living Social and the family and I have really enjoyed our treats and breads. We’re looking at purchasing another share to keep the goodies coming. I have to admit the Potato Rosemary Garlic Bread last week was the bomb. My daughter really enjoyed the Macaroons that came in our share yesterday too. Thanks a ton 8 Arms Community Bakery for bringing your fresh baked goodness into our home.”


“If anybody in the South Sound region is thinking about going gluten-free, I can highly recommend 8 Arms Community Bakery. You’ll want to get on their bakery share program. Their stuff is super awesomely good, the best I’ve had.”


“Today I enjoyed your macaroons for the first time. What a delight for me, since I have such limitations on what I can eat! I am unable to enjoy without consequences items made with baking powder, baking soda, yeast, or flour. I can occasionally tolerate rice flour, but save that to rotate in when I want a creamy tomato soup. I still occasionally will eat gluten free bread, but have a hard time finding gluten free rolls. I notice that you make them, and I will definitely be calling you to order some when I am feeling deprived enough to risk a little discomfort. :)
By the way, I purchased the macaroons at Zoe Juice Bar. It was also my first time there! THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO!! Providing quality gluten free and even a FLOUR free item for wimps like me :) means that for me your time and efforts are a treasure, and I hope you get told that every day!”


“I saw your interview on Peak Moment TV, and was completely inspired. I think that the CSA style bakery is a great idea.”


“I just had a chocolate nut bar from your bakery. Best I have ever had! Thank you!”


“Love your local business!!”


“I purchase your bars at the co-op’s in olympia they are great..thanks”


“Found ur bread at Shelton farmers market and am totally impressed!!!!! However I live in Oakville :-(. You may consider finding a vendor there to distribute (???) pleeeeeaase”


“There was four loaves at the Olympia Food Co-Op today! I’m currently enjoying a grilled cheese sammich with it. Sooo good, so spicy. Tomorrow, a breakfast bread pudding like casserole using it.”


“Every week we are so excited to get our share… and every week we LOVE our baked goods. Thanks 8 Arms!!”


“Love your creative talents guys”


“Yummy goodies! Thank you for all the great baking you do!”

C-m Corr-Holmes

“I love your chocolate/peanut butter bar. really tasty and I didn’t have to eat it all at once. It was satisfying.”


“Tried the gluten free caramel bar at the Tumwater Farmers Market. Super delicious!!!”


“Just had my first item from you…gf/vegan cranberry orange cookie!!! It will not be my last! Yummmmmm”


“Just tried your gluten free bread. Best gf bread that I have tasted and I love that it is local and socially responsible. Great work!”


“Your sourdough bread is one of the most deliciously perfect things that I have ever tasted.”


Click here for a great article on 8 Arms Community Bakery by ThurstonTalk.

Click here to read the article in the Olympian Newspaper on the 2014 Pie Fest.


Got a hankerin’ for a Almond Shortbread Cookie or a Gluten-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar? 8 Arms Bakery does not have a store-front location, but you can find our tasty treats at the following locations:

3 Magnets Brewery

600 Franklin St SE #105, Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 972-2481
gluten-free buns

Boston Harbor Marina

312 73rd Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98506
(360) 357-5670
variety of sweet and savory treats

Cooper Point Public House

3002 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 915-7880

Discovery Bay Village Store

282332 Us Highway 101 Port Townsend, Washington 98368
tarts, savory treat, ice cream sandwiches and more...

Quilcene Village Store

294235 US-101, Quilcene, WA 98376
(360) 765-0190
bars, savory treats, ice cream sandwiches and more

Garden to Gourmet

9144 Burnett Rd SE #101, Yelm, WA 98597
(360) 960-8220
gluten-free bread

Mud Bay Coffee-Westside

1600 Cooper Point Rd SW #630, Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 754-6222

Mud Bay Coffee-Group Health

700 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia, WA
(360) 923-7000

Providence St. Peter's Hospital

413 Lilly Road Northeast, Olympia, WA 98506
Phone:(888) 492-9480
Traditional and gluten-free bars

Olympia Film Society/Capital Theater

206 5th Avenue Southeast, Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 754-6670
Traditional and gluten-free treats

Chimicum Corner Farm Stand

9122 Rhody Drive, Chimacum, WA 98325
(360) 732-0107
gluten-free bread

Sunny Farm Country Store

261461 Hwy 101 W, Sequim, WA 98382
(360) 683-8003
gluten-free bread, traditional treats and savory items

Olympia Food Co-ops

East side: 3111 Pacific Ave SE (360) 956-3870
West side: 820 Rogers St. NW (360) 754-7666
traditional and gluten-free breads and bars

Farm Fresh Market

2010-B Black Lake Blvd SW Olympia
(360) 584-3044


traditional and gluten-free bread, muffins, cookies, bars, savory snacks, cakes, pies and much more…

The Food Nook at Fertile Ground

911 Adams Street at the corner of 9th & Adams, Olympia
(360) 352-2428


traditional, gluten-free and vegan bars, cookies, granola and crackers

George & Sons Fruit Market

427 Lilly Road SE, Olympia
(360) 456-5140
traditional rolls and cookies

Dominic’s Coffee

1400 Plum St. Olympia
(360) 956-1400


Mini quiche

Olympia School District School Lunch Program

Many locations
Gluten-free breads, rolls, pizza crust, muffins

Dancing Goats Espresso Bar at Bayview Market

516 Fourth Ave W, Olympia
(360) 352-4901 ext. 3
traditional sweet and savory treats

Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art

300 5th Ave SW, Olympia
(360) 705-2819
gluten-free lemon bars and caramel bars

Pellegrino’s Italian Kitchen

205 Cleveland Ave S.E. Tumwater
(360) 709-9020
gluten-free rolls

Coffee Central

259 Israel Road SE, Tumwater
(360) 534, 9020
gluten-free bars, cookies and muffins

Flaming Eggplant Cafe

3rd Floor CAB-The Evergreen State College, Olympia
traditional, vegan and gluten-free bars and ice cream sandwiches

Zoe Juice Bar

1851 State Ave NE #101, Olympia
traditional and gluten-free muffins and bars

Darby’s Cafe

211 5th Ave SE, Olympia
(360) 357-6229
We supply all of Darby’s hamburger buns, including a sliced-bread gluten-free option

Jay’s Farm Stand

3533 Mud Bay Rd W., Olympia
(360) 485-2091
Crackers and bars

Spud’s Produce Market

2828 Capitol Blvd. S, Olympia
(360) 915-9763
Traditional and gluten free breads, crackers and bars

Stewart’s Meat Market

17821 State Route 507 Se Yelm, WA 98597 (360) 489-0295


Traditional bread, bars, macaroons, tarts and crackers

Wally’s Sandwich Bar

2106 Harrison Ave N.W. Olympia 360-570-2029


sandwich rolls

Tumwater Farmer’s Market

Wednesdays 11 A.M. – 2 P.M., May - September
Corner of Capital and Israel in Tumwater
traditional, vegan and gluten-free bread, muffins, cookies, bars, savory snacks, cakes, pies and much more…

West Olympia Farmer’s Market

Tuesday evenings 4 P.M. – 7 P.M., 2nd week in May-2nd week in October
1515 Harrison NW (Harrison & Thomas St, parking lot of Gloria Dei), West Olympia. www.wolyfarmersmarket.org
Traditional, vegan and gluten-free bread, muffins, cookies, bars, savory snacks, cakes, pies and much more…

Yelm Food Co-op

308 Yelm Avenue E, Yelm (360) 400-2210


traditional and gluten-free bread, bars, crackers, macaroons and granola

Yelm Farmer’s Market

Saturdays 10am – 3pm June through October
17835 State Route 507 SE, Yelm
Traditional, vegan and gluten-free bread, muffins, cookies, bars, savory snacks, cakes, pies and much more…

Shelton Farmer's Market

Saturdays 9:00-2, May-Sept.
3rd Ave in downtown Shelton
traditional, vegan and gluten-free bread, muffins, cookies, bars, savory snacks, cakes, pies and much more…

Red Lion Hotel

2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 943-4000
gluten-free and vegan desserts

Route 99 Coffee House

8435 Old Hwy 99 SE Olympia, WA 98501
muffins, bars, bagels

Varsity Espresso

3120 Martin Way E, Olympia, WA 98506
bars and almond shortbread

Hamma Hamma Oyster Bar

US-101, Lilliwaup, WA 98555
(360) 877-5811

About the bakery


8 Arms Bakery

8 Arms Community Bakery was created in September 2007 by Jen Ownbey in Olympia, Washington. I provide artisan baked goods to the Thurston and Mason counties. I provide traditional, vegan and gluten-free treats and use organic, local and natural ingredients. You can join a bakery share program or place a special order. I also provide can fulfill your wholesale needs.


8 Arms Bakery currently employs a staff of 4. Here’s a little about each of our team members:


8 arms staff

From Left to Right:

Kori has been with 8 Arms for about 18 months, and she loves and is quite skilled at baking all types of bread. When she’s not working at the Bakery or studying, she enjoys hiking, camping, biking and playing with her dog. Her favorite 8 Arms treats are tarts and ice cream sandwiches.

Katie has been with 8 Arms since July of this year. She enjoys working farmer’s markets and learning how to bake bread. Her hobbies include playing soccer and reading. Katie’s favorite 8 Arms treats are the spicy polenta cheese crackers and the chocolate chip walnut bar.

Jen is the owner of 8 Arms Bakery. She also loves to bake bread, tarts and savory treats the most. She also loves developing new recipes and many of your favorite treats are ones she has developed over the years. Her favorite treat is the caramelized onion tarts and the black bean empanadas. When she’s not at the bakery you can find her hanging out with her dogs, backpacking, kayaking or gardening.

Greg has been with 8 Arms since June of 2013. He recently has received a promotion to manager and will be helping Jen take 8 Arms Bakery to the next level. He enjoys making our macaroons and tarts and is looking forward to learning how to make our bars. Greg graduated from Evergreen with a Bachelor of Science in ecology degree this past Spring, and his hobbies include soccer, hiking, camping, and spending time in nature. Greg lists orange-cranberry bread and caramel bars as his favorite 8 Arms treats.

Here is a video produced by Peak Moment about the bakery:

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