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Monday, April 16, 2007

Post Script: A peasant loaf

I must comment that although the task is complete the bread (as an art form) is average. It is a firm and very rough peasant loaf but, a success in the fact that it is only comparable to a bag of bouncy white 'bread' in name alone. People will eat a slice to celebrate the accomplishment but might not be asking for seconds. Taste wise- it is a bit coarse, very raw and nutty. My wife and I had a piece each last night and I had three slices with Jam this morning. I imagined it eaten by more people but my family is community enough... The art needs to be developed further with more practice harvesting and processing. But there is time for all I dreamed the process would be. Communion bread, free bread with soup for the hungry, maybe not even a bread at all. Cereals, pancakes, pie crusts. The future holds many things. But I think I'll go have a slice now. It is too much of a symbol to be wasted. We must consume that symbol despite its coarse nuttiness....

Chris Hergesheimer signing over and out

10 Comments:

  • At 8:47 AM , Blogger David said...

    Congratulations. I'm looking forward to seeing where things go from here. On to the new blog...

    David

     
  • At 5:07 PM , Blogger fmgin said...

    Hi Chris, I want to grow wheat too. I'm in the Bay Area, CA. do you have any suggestions for me on how to get wheat seed? Thanks! Ginger

     
  • At 7:05 PM , Blogger Local Grain Initiative said...

    Wheat berries from your local health food store will grow with soil, water, love and energy. 10 grams of seed per square yard should give a good seeding.

     
  • At 12:26 PM , Blogger Eric said...

    I just started a discussion group:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smallscalegrains/

    I left a few questions there to get things started.

    If you know of any other good resources for me, I'd greatly appreciate any pointers.

    Thanks,
    Eric
    North Carolina

     
  • At 9:00 PM , Blogger Matthew said...

    Hi Chris - I'm a hobby baker in Gibsons (hoping to begin a wood-fired baking business next year). My wife and I rely on naturally leavened organic breads for a good part of our sustenance, and are really eager for a source of local flour. Do you produce enough to sell a couple of kilograms every now and then? Either way, I'd love to talk grain sometime. My email address is mattcavers at hotmail dot com.

    Best of luck with your project. I've only read the first couple of entries - in fact, I just came across your name in the Coast Reporter today. Looking forward to reading the rest of your blog!

     
  • At 9:01 PM , Blogger Matthew said...

    Hi Chris - I'm a hobby baker in Gibsons (hoping to begin a wood-fired baking business next year). My wife and I rely on naturally leavened organic breads for a good part of our sustenance, and are really eager for a source of local flour. Do you produce enough to sell a couple of kilograms every now and then? Either way, I'd love to talk grain sometime. My email address is mattcavers at hotmail dot com.

    Best of luck with your project. I've only read the first couple of entries - in fact, I just came across your name in the Coast Reporter today. Looking forward to reading the rest of your blog!

     
  • At 9:01 PM , Blogger Matthew said...

    Hi Chris - I'm a hobby baker in Gibsons (hoping to begin a wood-fired baking business next year). My wife and I rely on naturally leavened organic breads for a good part of our sustenance, and are really eager for a source of local flour. Do you produce enough to sell a couple of kilograms every now and then? Either way, I'd love to talk grain sometime. My email address is mattcavers at hotmail dot com.

    Best of luck with your project. I've only read the first couple of entries - in fact, I just came across your name in the Coast Reporter today. Looking forward to reading the rest of your blog!

     
  • At 6:15 PM , Blogger buckwheatgirl said...

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  • At 6:19 PM , Blogger buckwheatgirl said...

    hi there, I am curious and intrigued by your Local Grains Initiaitive project. i too am very concerned with the subject of local food security and encouraging the cultivation of grain crops in BC.
    Lately i have been fantasizing about taking matters into my own hands and growing a few acres of buckwheat for use in flour, cereal and for making delicious Soba noodles. one of my favorite foods. Well it seems your already growing grains yourself. Kudos to you! i think thats great.
    I would like to hear more about the process you went through. And where and if I can purchase locally grown grain myself.

    all the best - Trish

     
  • At 4:26 PM , Blogger risa said...

    I LIKE coarse and nutty, personally. Like attracts like.

     

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