Hello out there!
We will be joining in on the Lamb, Wool, and Goat Festival tomorrow, Saturday, offering some eats while you hang out with the spinners, weavers, farmers, and shearers.
We’ll have some of our scrumptious flatbreads, cinnamon rolls, and our new macaroons!
We love this event for its celebration of land-based labor, artistry and craft that has such beauty and usefulness and takes time. We have an all-season appreciation for wool really. Wool, meat, and milk from sheep and goats, like bread, is tied to the land, the seasons, and involves both necessity and artistry.
There is that quote about eating being an agricultural act, and all bread is essentially tied to the land and the seasons…but not all bakeries are, and not all bread gets to be baked and consumed so close to the wheat fields of its origin. And of course, we know this matters. This week we planted out our third straight year of spring wheat variety trials and seed expansion, looking for that window when the fields are dry enough but the rains haven’t quite stopped. Nathan got it all in on Tuesday and Wednesday just in time for that heavyThursday rain. A huge thank you to Michael and Paula and Peggy Bill for continuing to host our grain efforts. We’re looking for those beautiful tasty heritage and ancient grains to power our bakery and feed our community. But it’s a process! Relationships, equipment, soil, storage, pricing, quality, flavor… so many angles. But Ron Norman got his grain in a lot of which will go into our breads come fall, Ken at Horsedrawn got his in. We’re hoping to get Wayne Shu and Inez Black to get in our Rainbow barley mix and Blue Tinge Emmer this coming week.
Everyone involved felt the soil, watched the skies, found the right day to plant. The seeds jealously guarded from last year, the fields carefully watched. This process is grounding, for all involved, even (especially?) the eater. The power-plays in the world right now are overwhelming and so destructive. But true power has to come from somewhere deeper…we want to put power in the land; in it’s magic and truth.
We take this all pretty seriously, we can’t help it. It all seems to matter too much, and despite facing overwhelming odds we harbor a quiet conviction that a tiny bakery on a tiny island can maybe help shift the power source to love and land.
Okay, we’ll see you tomorrow for all things woolly, AND THEN next weekend (5/20) we will see you for the first Farmer’s Market in Lopez Village with our breads and pastries!
we love you,