We’re taking the theme of this year’s Lopez Fourth of July festivities (Little Island, Big Heart) to heart! This week’s market we are doing a +1 fundraiser to do a small part in trying to address the humanitarian crisis of separated families at our country’s southern border. All of our baked goods will have a +$1 added to their price and then we’ll donate 20% of total sales – this will go to Project Corazon work by volunteers attorneys to assist the (mostly South American) Refugees through the detention process and reunite parents and children and to a coalition of groups working to protect kids separated from their families by ICE.
This Saturday is a national day of action and there are events in Friday Harbor and Anacortes to show your support of families and denounce the criminalization of people seeking help and asylum in the United States (often fleeing from problems exacerbated by actions and policies of the U.S.)
We feel led to hold our country accountable for mistreatment of our neighbors in what Justice Sabraw called “a chaotic circumstance of the government’s own making.”…finding Trump’s zero-tolerance policy that started in early May, and subsequent moves by the administration, marked a sharp departure from “measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process enshrined in our Constitution.” The judge said that under the present system, migrant children “are not accounted for with the same efficiency and accuracy as property.”
We as a family and as a business want to bear witness to the changes happening in our government policies and processes that are breaking down the democracy that keeps us all safe and free. This issue of treating families seeking help as criminals or even more alarmingly as people without rights is concerning for the individuals involved but also for the general trend of government and military action. This article explains: “President Trump on Sunday explicitly advocated for depriving undocumented immigrants of their due-process rights, arguing that people who cross the border into the United States illegally are invaders and must immediately be deported without trial or an appearance before a judge.”
Such actions are not acceptable and should not pass us by. The words of our President reminded us of the work of the German political thinker, and once stateless refugee, Hannah Arendt.
“The calamity of the rightless is not that they are deprived of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, or of equality before the law and freedom of opinion, but that they no longer belong to any community whatsoever.” The loss of community has the consequence of expelling a people from humanity itself. Appeals to abstract human rights are meaningless unless there are effective institutions to guarantee these rights. The most fundamental right is the “right to have rights.” More here
We will be at the market trying to multi-task making a living and standing in solidarity with those out on the streets calling for our government to operate by our founding principles as well as standing with the families in detention, wanting to hold their children and give them a good life as we all want to do. Our hearts are with them, we hope there is a peaceful end to their suffering.
Wild Leavened Breads
Country Bread- The daily bread. All our wheat this week comes from Lopez Island and the Skagit Valley. Everything is grown without the use of herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers.
Miche – This this my favorite bread to describe at the market because I get to use such delicious words such as “custardy” “meaty” “toothy” “creamy” “chewy” all in one sentence.
Rosemary – food as medicine; a good dose of a nutritive, healing herb, tasty too!
Millet Apircot – a beautiful and tender bread that is a touch sweet and perfect with a nice cheese. (we like it with manchego or chevre)
Fortuna Hearth – 100% Lopez Whole Grain is this bread’s story, from tiller to toast. It’s made entirely from Fortuna wheat, which is a hard red spring variety from the 1950’s traditionally bred in Montana that has been grown on Lopez for going on 10 years now.
Mountain Bread- our danish style rye, ready for adventures in the wild or a lazy Sunday tea break at home.
Tordu- spiraling on through Spring
Cara Sandwich – A simple sliced bread for toast and kid friendly lunches. Made with half whole grain Cara wheat grown right here on friendly Lopez island.
Gluten Free Pan Loaf – Naturally Leavened rice flour and a whole grain porridge make this wheat-free bread a real delight when you’re gluten free living.
Wild Leavened Treats
Strawberry Rhubarb Scones – With the strawberries just absolutely delicious right now we’re please to offer one of our very favorite scones of the season. Somehow the strawberry elevates the rhubarb and the rhubarb tempers the strawberries. Match! Thank you to Horsedrawn Farms for the really top notch berries and rhubarb.
Gluten Free Rhubarb Scones – a delightful wedge of sweet oats and fruit
Maple Vanilla Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll – These spirals warm your soul.
Croissants – Never in a million years did we think Barn Owl would start fooling around with croissants. Refined, aristocratic, white sugar, yeast… not exactly our thing. But then, we got curious. And started tinkering. The croissants we’ve come up with are getting pretty dang close to our ideal. We start with all organic flour, a third of it from heritage whole wheat, add a carefully tended special sourdough levain, gently fold in all organic pastured butter, and we end up with the slightly wilder, toothier, more peasant cousin to the traditional french croissant, but rich and buttery and shatteringly crisp on the outside and rich and soft inside. These always walk a tightrope of technique and timing to get them out of the oven just so, but on the weeks when it all comes together it’s worth it. Happy soil, happy cows, deep nutrition from carefully stewarded soils, fresh ground whole wheat flour, wild fermentation to unlock the power of the grain…. phew. A rare and showy bird.
Chocolate Croissants: Take one of these on a nice walk, and look out at something really beautiful and just feel so happy through and through. We know this pastry can do that.
Savory Croissant Twist – get your greens and pastry fill in one bite!
Savory handpies– A picnic in the waiting. Roasted squash & beets, tons of greens, sundried tomatoes, caramelized onion, 3 cheeses, herbs, garlic. All island grown veggies from Goosefoot Produce and C’s Greens.
Flabreads – loaded with island grown veggies, Horsedrawn Farms, Goosefoot Produce, C’s Greens, Midnight’s Farm, Sunnyfield Goat Dairy.
Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Galettes – A generous scoop of berries riding atop a bed of tart rhubarb and rich custard made with Henstooth eggs. Half island grown wheat.
Rosemary Shortbread- Sweet? Savory? Only another bite will tell.
Rose Petal Shortbread – Go forth into the tender greens and radiant blossoms of the garden, picking like a bee the sweetest morsels, wed them to butter and flour, and a fairy treat is born.