Patrick O’Neill opened Big Sky Bread Company in 1994. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, bread has always been his passion. As a child growing up in Queens, New York, Patrick has fond memories of
searching out ethnic bakeries with his father. It is, perhaps, no wonder that he ended up owning a bakery himself. For 25 years, Big Sky Bread Company was located in north Wilmington, Delaware in Bran Mar Plaza. While it was a popular lunch spot and a retail
outlet for their delicious bread, the bakery was also an integral part of the community, offering tours and bread making field trips to school age children. The bakery also supported several shelters and missions with their day old bread for many years.
Having moved the bakery in 2019, Big Sky Bread now focuses its retail sales primarily at outdoor farmer’s markets in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Over the years Patrick has found that many of the people who shop at these markets are as passionate about food as he is. Farmer’s markets have become the best outlet for his bread because they are the places where people seek out the freshest, highest quality product possible.
While all three of Patrick’s children grew up helping and working for the bakery, his son, Andy, has decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and make the bakery his career. Having started attending farmer’s markets
when he was just 5 or 6 years old, Andy can still be found selling bread at many of Big Sky’s markets to this day. His love of interacting with the customers is obvious! Like his dad, Andy is passionate about the bread baking business and intends to carry on the tradition of Big Sky Bread for another generation.