The Off-Season

Returning in October & what Iโ€™ve been reading during this break

Good Morning bread friends,

I hope your September is going beautifully well. Iโ€™ve been thoroughly enjoying my September sabbatical. I have some updates regarding when bread will be available again - but first I want to tell you that this September has gone differently than planned.

I thought Iโ€™d be doing a ton of creative baking during this time. I had dreams of going through a bunch of bread books and trying all sorts of new formulas to experiment and discover if there are new things that I might add to the weekly menu.

It turns out that I just needed a break. I took a full two weeks off of baking anything. Since then Iโ€™ve been working on my sourdough English Muffins a bit. Finally, just a couple of days ago I baked a few loaves of bread again. I have to say though that it felt great to get my hands back in the dough.

I did get two exciting new bread books this month. A couple of friends / bread club members surprised me and dropped off a copy of Peter Reinhartโ€™s Artist Bread Every Day. Peter has authored several award winning bread books, and this one has been a great source of inspiration for future bakes. The second book that I got this month is sort of the definition of โ€œinspiringโ€ though. Southern Ground, by Jennifer Lapidus is an absolute treasure. It has been so neat learning about her story of evolution from life as a cottage baker to regional grain activist to successful flour miller. In addition to a ton of great recipes that this book offers- it is heart warming to learn the story of the bakers who buy her stone-ground flour all across the southern United States. I think Southern Ground might be my favorite bread book yet.

Anyway, I want to give you all a status update on the future of Bread & Justice. Our rustic artisan Sourdough Bread loaves will return for sale the week of October 4th. Bread Club will be continuing, and members can pick up their bread on Tuesdays (starting October 5th). Likewise, Iโ€™ll continue to accept weekly pre-orders for Thursday bread pickups (where the first pickup will be on Oct 7th).

Iโ€™ll share some additional thinking that I have around ways to scale up our production in a future newsletter. For now, I wish you all a lovely day.