Here we are, popping up like another delightful spring flower to offer your weekly worldclass island grown breads and pastries. Come by tomorrow and find your favorite treats and staples made with whole grains, island fruit, organic butter, wild leaven. We feel maybe a little over the top telling the full story of our baked goods in every email and post, and maybe you also gloss over the extra verbage. Often we can’t even get in all the details that make this food matter to us.
We keep at it though, the long winded descriptions of our standards, careful selections, processing techniques, and provenance of all that goes into what we make and feel is worth selling and eating (for ourselves and you!). We tend towards the long winded, drawn always to the unquotable Wendell Berry types who can’t fit their keen observation and poetic sense of things into a few easy lines. And maybe it isn’t this quality that makes us describe our breads this way, but in fact drives us to make our bread this way. We look for connections and take them seriously, we pursue beauty and truth. We know what landscapes are created by non-organic wheat…red tides and creatures dying in Florida from synthetic nitrogen all down the Mississippi, and, closer to home, the runoff of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides from the Skagit all end up in the sea, and the salmon and the orcas. We see and can’t ignore the moral and environmental catastrophe of industrial feedlot dairies, the toll that glyphosate herbicide takes on the bodies of workers and the health of the soil, the depression that’s epidemic in our farmers nowadays. We know all the reasons why conventional wheat made with isolated yeast is hard to digest for so many, we never have time to explain it to folks who ask why they can eat our bread and not others. We dig deep into the feed, the water sources, the waste streams, the labor issues, the justice concerns, the plastics (Barn Owl uses only biodegradable plastic packaging). We don’t use white bags, because all that bleach goes somewhere! And we do our best to find a path through it all that creates something delicious that nourishes our little community. We’re never perfect nor expect to be, but even if we manage to create a tiny truth amidst all this baloney of modern life, we’ve succeeded.
All these connections have been pointed out by thinkers, writers, activists, and farmers wiser than us, and we’ve taken them to heart in each decision we make each day. And we want to you know all this and remember it when you choose to support what we’re doing and enjoy what we’ve made. We want to convey that the words we use are really telling you something that matters. We do not want to tell you something is Organic or Local if it doesn’t really make a difference and it’s just a nice story. We do the work to figure out what sourcing yields the most benefit and does the greatest good and of course feels the best in your body and the most enjoyable and delightful and satisfying to eat. So don’t take all these words and all these breads at face value, dig into them, live into their meaning and their whole story. Go deep!Tomorrow, in this spirit, we will have…
Country Bread – your daily bread. It’s good old, it’s special fresh.Millet Apricot- Yellow sunny millet, the Wednesday grain, Mercurial…alkalising
Sourdough Croissants and their Chocolate variation – these really are pretty special 25 minutes out of the oven. Heritage grain, whole pastured butter, goodness.Blueberry Peach Scones – Wow, the rhubarb is slow this year…let’s hear it for the effort to can and freeze in the throes summer.
Peach Blueberry Gluten Free Oat Scones– Thanks be to the extra effort to preserve island summer fruit!Savory veggie hand pies – a quick savory bite loaded with island grown goodness straight from the farms of Lopez, all local!Puff Pastry Pizzas – We’ll have a few of these with all sorts of savory winter delights!Strawberry Buns – rich condensed apple butter cinnamon butter, all twisted up in our naturally leavened laminated dough.Apple Struesel Galettes- can’t go wrong…Sprouted Lopez Whole Grain Rosemary Shortbread- has a following….Mostly self serve, Arthur and Ona will be around to field any pressing concerns or delightful conversation, we’ll see you all tomorrow.Thank you!!!Barn Owls
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