As always, I have an eye on the sky. Although I am not a farmer, the constant rain is affecting me. I am growing an edible fungus garden behind my ears! (<– see pic). I am not complaining even after getting marooned downtown the other night. When we returned home we were only slightly soaked. I guess that is part of being a pedestrian. Our large oak trees, yard and gardens are looking very happy and very, very green. I think that they like to be watered from the sky rather than a garden hose $. A good roof water collection system would be nice on our home but then we would have to pump it back up the hill to get it into the garden! I have not worked out that cost-benefit relationship.
And speaking of farmers…this is the Farm Tour weekend. It will be nearly over by the time you receive this posting. — So many different types of farms. This is a unique farming area. Here in the mountains there are very few large tracts of farmable land. As a result these local farmers must be creative and focus more attention on the local demands. These farms are evolving in partnership with a growing market for local food and a growing interest in the people who farm them. Some of these farmers have very interesting and compelling stories.
And speaking of the ASAP farm tour, Neil spent the day at Wake Robin Farm Bakery near Marshall working with Steve Bardwell and his family baking pizzas. There were more than 60 pizzas run through his wood-fired oven. About 100 visitors showed up from more than 11 states. Steve is an excellent baker, an accomplished oven builder and an terrific teacher. Five years ago I spent 10 weeks in the summer apprenticing with Steve.
It is a crazy summer. June/July/August calender are filled with numerous teaching commitments and a family wedding in August. I will be posting weekly updates throughout the summer. There will be some abbreviated weeks.
SUMMER Bakery Schedule
- Wednesday, June 29th Bakery Open
- Friday, July 1st MWIB will be OPEN and baked by my capable intern, Cece
- Wednesday, July 6th out of town...Bakery Closed
- Friday, July 8th Bakery Open
- Wednesday, July 13 Bakery Open
- Friday, July 15th SSCA – Culinary Classes at Warren Wilson College…Bakery Closed
- Wednesday & Friday July 20th through July 22, John C. Campbell Folk School teaching…Bakery Closed
- Wednesday, July 27th Bakery Open
- Friday, July 29th Bakery Closed
- Wednesday, August 3rd Bakery Open
- Friday, August 5th Bakery Open
- Wednesday, August 10th Bakery Open
- Friday, August 12th Bakery Open
- Bakery Closed for Family Wedding August 18th- 26th
- Bakery Re-Opens Wednesday, August 31st
- Honey Whole Wheat $6 local honey sweetens this moist and grainy loaf
- Lemon-Blueberry Muffins $6/4 muffins local blueberries are still making the scene
- Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies $7/dz. Oatmeal and whole wheat pastry flour combine combine with chocolate chips, peanut butter and peanuts (for a unique crunch)
Friday (Chef Cece the Baker)
- Cece’s Famous Crackers $6/6 oz. A mixture of whole grains and unbleached flour with chopped fresh herbs hand-rolled…these are the best eaten alone, dipped or spread
- Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies $7/dz. see above
- Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes $8/6 In honor of July 4th (weekend) Cece has created these tasty berry cupcakes with a vanilla cream cheese frosting
DEADLINE for orders is Monday night and PICK-UP is on the day your goods are baked (or please arrange).
PRICES include NC state sales tax.
Please Note that I take special orders- please call me.
Thanks for your interest and business, as always!