*Remember I will not be selling bread next week, on April 20!*
Today when I got my whole wheat delivery, Dave Krell, who grows it, told me that the rain this season has gone on too long, and he will be unable to get a crop in this year. It reminded me that I have read that in Northern Europe famines tended to follow years that had abnormally wet winters, primarily owing to failures of the rye crops. It is odd to still have that faint attachment to farmers and bakers from over a thousand years ago, although thankfully the horrific famines that occurred during those times no longer do, at least in Europe and North America. What different lives those bakers lived! Yet the technique, and indeed even the bread, has barely changed in the intervening centuries.
My sales on the Thursday before a holiday have always proven hard for me to predict. I brought home a lot of unsold bread that Thursday between Christmas and New Year's. But I will come well-stocked with Country French, at least. I will also have caraway rye and some variety with walnuts -- probably either a plain walnut or possibly a raisin-walnut. I may not have other varieties.
I'll also have pasta and cookies.