Biking in this weather makes me feel decidedly vulnerable, like a molted arthropod, naked among the hard shells and snapping claws of the cars. It requires trusting to a greater degree than usual that everyone else on the road is paying attention, and given how inattentive most cell phone zombies are, this is a foolish hope. It's time to buy a car and climb back into my own protective shell.
For the time being, however, I'll load up my trailer and ride (on the sidewalk) over to market. Among todays offerings is Honey Hazelnut Oat bread, the coziest loaf I could dream up to under the threat of freezing rain. Toast up a slice with your hot tea/coffee/chocolate this afternoon to eat while you sit snug inside, watching the rain fall. Also in the boxes: Red & White, Mountain Rye, and Smoky Vollkornbrot.
If you want bread to hold you over for the month between the last farmers market (next Saturday) and the beginning of the Winter Bread Subscription, I recommend stocking up on rye bread and keeping it sealed up and cold (in a ziplock in the refrigerator works, though in this weather a box on the back porch would do just as well). The bread will easily keep till January, changing and, I think, improving with the keeping as the flavors mellow and the texture firms. If you want to buy a whole, uncut Mountain Rye or Smoky Vollkornbrot at the last market, send me a note this week.
It's time to place your Holiday Orders! You can do so in person at the market today, or online. Holiday breads are: Challah, Chocolate Hazelnut Babka, and Pane Primitivo, a rustic celebration bread with earthy buckwheat, sweet sour dried apricots, and toasted hazelnuts. Also on offer are all four shortbreads: Brown Butter, Toasted Hazelnut & Molasses, Nibby Buckwheat, and Orange Cardamom Rye. Come sample the shortbread and the babka today, and then order one of everything! Or just one special treat.
Be safe on the roads, whether on two feet, two wheels, or four wheels.
See you soon!