For a number of weeks farmersdotter has been working diligently on the bread starter for this years bake. She began with a dormant starter from last year which responded very well and will yield a wonderful sour dough. She also developed another starter from pineapple and red grapes.
The fruit provides the sugar on which the yeast feeds allowing a preferment and a longer fermentation time for the yeast enzyme and bacterial actions on the starch and proteins in the dough. This in turn improves the keeping time of the baked bread, and it creates greater complexities of flavour.
Halving the starter everyday to feed it means there is an abundance of starter dough left over so one problem is what to do with the left over starter. No doubt farmersdotter will come up with a solution but in the mean time we are developing a great store of frozen waffles!
Yesterday we started firing the wood oven in the Bakery. It will take a few burns to get the oven well primed for the first bake for the Penticton Farmers Market May 5.
The Russian Red Garlic is coming along well and will be ready for sometime in July. The Early Kowloon softneck will be ready for braiding a little before then. We are confirmed for the Penticton Farmers Market which opens Saturday May 5. Please stop by and say hi. farmersdotter will be sampling her organic wood-fired breads. By early July our organic Garlic-Scape Salt will be ready too.
Russian Red April 18, 2012
farmersdotter decided while we wait to complete renovations she would like to paint the entry way floor. Eventually we plan on tiling the concrete base but for now farmersdotter thought it nice to hand fashion a chicken wire stencil from mylar and try her hand at faux paint
farmersdotter Stenciled Floor
farmersdotter Floor in Progress
I’m not sure why I have always anticipated the first daffodil bloom. As a youngster growing up in Sidney, BC, it seemed an eternity from summer to when the daffodils began to poke out of the ground. The appearance of the first hard green Daffodil stalks was a sign that summer would indeed return. Then upon the first bloom I was certain summer was but a few sleeps away. For me this was much more satisfying than Santa Claus.
Today is a beautiful day, just like yesterday. Sunny with a forecast high in the low twenties and this morning I spied my first Daffodil of the season right outside my own kitchen window. It’ll be summer in a few more days, I’m certain of it.
It'll Be Summer in a Few More Days
This is a case of size doesn’t matter. As long as a government is willing to bend over to the powerful, rich lobby groups, it will never matter. The US system, the Canadian system is probably not far behind, is set up to funnel as much corporate funding into the pockets of a select few politicos who then puppet the kool-aid of their benefactor. Government is controlled by the coffers of a small number of very powerful consolidated corporations. Greed. Our way of life, and in this case our health, is under attack by corporate greed. It is insane to assume the feedlot pig is better quality than Mr. Baker’s land raised pigs. Insane.
At Bakers Green Acres there is more information on their ongoing struggle.