Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bread for March 23

I got my start in this business selling bread at the Etna Farmer's Market, which was Thursday evenings from 4:30 to 7:00 in the parking lot at Dotty's. When the Farmer's Market closed for the season, my friends M. & B. allowed me to set up at the current location in front of their house.

This year, the Etna Farmer's Market will be on Saturday mornings, from 10:00 AM to noon. It begins much earlier in the year, too, on May 20.

I am looking forward to selling at the Farmer's Market at the earlier hour because it will let me focus a little more on breakfast-type pastries, and baguettes. However, it is not necessarily a great time for my local customers, many of whom pick up bread from me on their way home from work. I fear many of you won't want to interrupt your Saturday morning to go get bread, even if it does mean you can also pick up a sourdough cinnamon roll!

So, I am not sure what to do. If you have an opinion, I'd love to hear it!

You can check out the Etna Farmer's Market at www.etnafarmersmarket.com.

My buckwheat baguettes didn't sell last week, after all that trouble. I ate most of them myself. However, I am going to try again, this week with buckwheat sourdough rounds, though probably not very many of them. I'll also have the Country French, caraway rye, and probably a semolina with sesame; those latter two in a sandwich style. I will also have a limited number of the golden-raisin with oat batards and a very limited number of walnut loaves.

See you on Thursday!

--Erik Ryberg

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