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2019 GOOD FOOD AWARD Winner!

More than five years ago, I sold my first sourdough at the local farmer’s market. It was thrilling and suddenly I became a professional food producer. My customers put their trust in me as I take on the great responsibility providing nourishment to them. Making the right decisions that are nutritious, sustainable, affordable, and above all, taste great, is the hardest thing I have ever done. The fact that you buy buy products again and again is a great reward, but now I have a medal that I can wear around my neck! Earlier this year I submitted my entry for my Sweet Potato Stout Craft Beer Crackers. The first phase consists of a blind tasting. They receive thousands of...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Spent Grains

My love for bread baking was sparked by the breads I encountered while living in San Francisco and traveling in France. It led to my very popular farmers' market stand, and eventually to my bakery on Main Street. Bread bakers are a very generous group of people and my training involved meeting and baking with many of my heroes, such as Craig Ponsford, a gold-medal winner at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie in Paris inspiring an entire generation of American bakers. Since then, he has become an explorer and innovator. In 2014 I attended a workshop led by Craig focused on high-extraction flour; this is whole grain flour with just the largest particles of bran sifted out resulting...

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An independent in a connected world

For the past two and a half years I have been running pedal to the metal trying to build my small artisan bakery into a business of value and purpose. Walking away from one career and inventing a new has given me a unique perspective of how the world works, or sometimes doesn't work, and how a person can make their way in this world.

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