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Statue of Ceres

In the beginning (1980), the Ceres Bakery was actually located on Ceres Street in Portsmouth, across from the famous tugboats. We moved to our current location on Penhallow Street in 1983.

The ancient Romans worshipped Ceres as the goddess of agriculture - one of the forms of the universal Earth Mother. In the period before 200 B.C., her priestesses actually ruled Rome, and founded the Roman legal system. Farmers were careful to observe her rites to ensure good crops. Ceres' annual festival (the "Ceralia") was celebrated in the British Isles as recently as the 1890's. One account said, "In the middle of June, farmers go round their corn with burning torches, in memory of the Ceralia."