When the last of the loaves were cooled and packed away, when the floors were mopped, the tables wiped down, the dishes cleared from the rack, I biked home. I was tired, footsore, worrying about the work still undone and the weekend’s weather report. To the east clouds crowded against the foothills. To the west the sky opened. The light was low and warm, setting the firs and the bare branches of the maples aglow against the rain-dark sky. Colors swelled around me, pulling my out of my head and into the world: grape hyacinth blue as the cloak on a Renaissance Madonna, the exuberant green of unfolding leaves, silver bark, the cream white of a wildly blooming magnolia, the crows on the power line so black they could have been cut from the sky. There is a time late in the day that painters and photographers call the Golden Hour, when the colors are so true they feel like “some tragic falling off from a first world of undivided light.” If I could go out walking every morning and evening to catch that perfect light I would, but I’d settle for watching the day change through big windows.
I haven’t yet found any promising spaces for a bakery, and the dearth of options is a sliver of panic through my daydreams and plans. Keep an eye out for me, will you? Big windows, a walkable neighborhood, three phase, gas, and venting, room to grow, a good landlord: all of those would be nice, but I’d make due with one or two.
After last weekend’s warm sunshine today’s weather is looking decidedly unfavorable, but come down to the first farmers market of the season to say hello anyway. It’s spring in the Pacific Northwest, after all. Rain is to be expected.
See you soon.
Owner | Baker
TODAY AT MARKET
Red & White
Mountain Rye + Vollkornbrot
Ring Rye (from the winter bread subscription)
Seedy Buckwheat (a recipe from my winter bakery tour, incidentally cereal-free)
Chocolate Malt Chocolate Chip Cookie
(Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies back next week, after I receive my Theo order)
Hazelnut + Sour Cherry Cake
Brown Butter + Nibby Buckwheat Shortbread
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Red & White
Spiced Honey Rye