This week’s baked goodies, Wednesday and Saturday….

Ah, I know you all slept well to that sweet rainy lullaby. The sound and air is so pleasing and the relief we feel to have this rain swelling and growing all our grain seeds is palpable in the house. So much is shifting and getting out of whack in our world that it is almost surprising that these crucial season rhythms come through on time and just when sorely needed. So we’re feeling a lot of gratitude for the unregulated forces of nature pulling us through. And also learning about the great wisdom in these heritage seeds. Up in the fenced garden here on Midnight’s Farm Nathan has a row of astonishingly beautiful rye, all taller than he is, fully headed up. Sangaste, the oldest known variety of Rye still in production…These seeds know how to make it on their own. They have not been weakened with generations of human inputs, genetic changes, hothouses…they work with the ground they are given to. However it is that this happens. So we work with these seeds and these systems and hope things stay steady.

Okay but to the business. I’m writing on a Monday! So much change! I don’t want to write two emails anymore than you want to get them. But we now have two lovely occasions for you to get our breads and goodies and you won’t want to miss them and you might want to know what we’ve got, since the seasons will change, so will the veggies and the fruit and the whims of the bakers. So I’ll check in Mondays about Wednesday and Saturdays and everyone will be prepared.

Here’s what we have Wednesday (5/22) from 9am to 2pm on Midnight’s Farm

Country Bread – your daily bread. It’s good old, it’s special fresh.
Millet Apricot- tucked in morsels of toothiness and sweet
Sourdough Croissants and their Chocolate variation – these really are pretty special 25 minutes out of the oven. Heritage grain, whole pastured butter, goodness. Hard to find, and here you are!
Rhubarb Scones -Why does Spring and Summer come with all things pink?
Savory veggie hand pies – a quick savory bite loaded with island grown goodness straight from the farms of Lopez, all local!
Puff Pastry Pizzas – NESTO!
Apple Butter Buns – rich condensed apple butter cinnamon butter, all twisted up in our naturally leavened laminated dough. We just used the last of the years apples, so with the summer fruit we’ll wait for apple buns until the fall! Come enjoy the last!
Rhubarb Custard Galettes- sweet, tangy, rich, and vibrating with that rhubarb energy
Sprouted Lopez Whole Grain Rosemary Shortbread- has a following….

Other goodies too…come find out!

Mostly self serve, Arthur and Ona will be around to field any pressing concerns or delightful conversation, we’ll see you all tomorrow.

At the Saturday Farmer’s Market, (5/25) from 10am to 2pm in the Village… Last week you met Josh, delightful fellow! This week you’ll get to see Rose! And all summer you’ll have some combination of the three of us talking grain and sourdough and digestibility and flavor and all other things you curious folks want to chat about (maybe Nathan too when he isn’t getting the new space on Gralying Ln. set up)

Wild Leavened Breads
Village Country Bread-  The daily bread, and now you can get it almost that often!
Miche – Our full moon bread to be sure…
Seedy Petite- loaded up with the rich protein goodness of toasted sunflower, sesame, poppy seeds with a dash of dried garlic and onion and a crust of fennel. Flavor, nutrition, succulent goodness. We all missed this one on its winter break for sure!
Barley Raisin– Full with plump grains and no lack of raisins (because I almost always write “barely” raisin first, but it’s just not true!)
Lopez Levain –   This is our challenge, this is our passion, this is the risk, this is our chance, this is the culmination of work done by farmers and millers and bakers right here in our community to keep alive the ancient secrets of the grain.  Like any life lived within the constraints of our natural world, sometimes this bread isn’t the easiest path, but it’s always the path that speaks to our hearts, that speaks of love.
 
Mountain Bread-  I love this bread because you just never know who is going to love it. Nascar baseball caps and steel toed work boots, bright pink glued-on fingernails and sparkly necklaces, twisted dreadlocks and hemp sandals, yoga pants and $1000 hand bags, blue jeans and t-shirts, folks from all over and all walks of life fall in love with this one.
Tordu-  By the basketful
Lopez Sandwich –  A tender and functional send up to the classic white sandwich bread, made with whole grains grown here on island and Skagit grown flour.
Gluten Free Sliced– Whole grains, no gluten, wild leavened… people come from far and wide to hunt this down.
Wild Leavened Treats
Lopez Rhubarb Scones – Really speaks to the simple beauty of Spring
Gluten Free Rhubarb Scones – Nathan is out on the patio hacking the greens of the rhubarb stalks to make these sweeties as I type (under the moon!)
Maple Vanilla Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll – The icing just makes us so happy.
Croissants – perfection is elusive
Chocolate Croissants – a classy pair for sure
Savory Pesto Twist – get your greens and pastry fill in one bite!
Savory handpies–  We head out to the garden and down to the farmstands and swing by the farmer’s booths at the farmer’s market each week, buying whatever looks good, smoosh it up, and voila, hand pies! Made with our signature heritage grain yogurt pastry dough and filled up with roasted new potatoes, winter squash , caramelized onions, organic mozzarella cheese, garden greens, and herbs.
Flatbreads – all savory goodness with Goosefoot Spinach and Sunnyfield Feta! 
Lopez Rhubarb Custard Gallettes -Because Custard begs for rhubarb and vice versa
Sprouted Lopez Wheat Shortbread-  Hello roses!

Blackcap cheese Danish…Your new treat on the table! And we saved it until the bottom so you loyal readers have first dibs! We dipped into our summer stores to mix up our fruit offering and what better way to enjoy the tart blackcaps than in a cheese-cakey croissantypinwheel delight!

There might also be rye cookies and chocolate chip cookies too! And fancy rolls! it’s hard to get it all in, and I’m going to miss the moon!

with love and peace,
Nathan & Sage and the whole darn fam, and team

Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me by Mary Oliver
Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,
what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!
That’s what it said
as it dropped,
smelling of iron,
and vanished
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches
and the grass below.
Then it was over.
The sky cleared.
I was standing
under a tree.
The tree was a tree
with happy leaves,
and I was myself,
and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment
at which moment
my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars
and the soft rain –
imagine! imagine!
the long and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.