Homemade Bread – One of Life’s Simple Pleasures

It’s still cold outside, but the farm kitchen is warm today; we’re making some of our favorite breads to keep us and some of our regular customers satisfied for another week or so.  Nine-grain and Sunflower Honey Oat breads are on the menu today.

Most of the bread you buy at the grocery store has added chemicals and preservatives that improve shelf life and make the dough-processing easier to manage on a large scale. Check the label – do you even know what some of those ingredients are?  Every loaf looks and tastes exactly the same, day after day, year after year. They may have been on the shelf for up to a week before you purchase, and you could keep these breads on your counter for several weeks, and they’d never support a common mold spore!

DSCN2789[1]All our breads at Old Loon Farm are hand-made on a small scale – 2 to 4 loaves in a batch.  We use chemical-free whole grains, unbleached, unbromated flours, fresh butter and oils, filtered water and our own farm-produced milk and honey in our breads.  We never use preservatives.  Our loaves won’t last for weeks on the store shelf or on your counter. But they don’t have to! They’re so delicious, they’ll be gone long before they spoil!

At Old Loon Farm, we use whole grains – wheat, spelt, rye, triticale, oats, barley, and other flours and nuts — in many of our hearty breads.  Whole grain breads are more than carbs – they’re chocked full of protein, minerals, vitamins and fiber to keep our bodies healthy. When compared to processed grains, whole grains reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.

DSCN2790[1]Bread isn’t just for sandwiches, although our hearty breads make terrific sandwiches, from chicken salad to veggie to PB & J.  Breads also make yummy French toast and breakfast casseroles for tasty morning nutrition.  You can make delicious croutons from the ends and crusts of our breads – wonderful additions to soups and salads. We often keep ends and crusts in the freezer until we’re ready to make savory stuffing for turkey or chicken dinners. And then there are desserts – bread pudding, chocolate panini, and pudgy pies come to mind. When we were kids butter and jam – or Nutella – on a slice of homemade bread was a common dessert or snack that we could make ourselves.

So if you’ve never tried homemade bread, you’re missing a world of great taste and nutrition. Give us a call!  And starting in mid-May, we’ll be at the farmers market in Columbia City every Saturday morning with our breads.

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What will YOU plant this spring?

DSCN0885Are you thinking spring yet?  The days are getting longer; the sun is shining a bit higher in the sky each day, and before we know it, we’ll be thinking of hanging out in the garden, layered with sweaters, jackets and sunhats!

Long before our no-frost date in Mid-May, we at Old Loon Farm will be starting plants indoors… peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, annual herbs, broccoli, and many others.  We will have many varieties of potted vegetables for sale by the time you get ready to set them into your garden.  And because we use organic seed in naturally fertile soil that isn’t pumped up on artificial fertilizers, there’s less transplant shock when you set our plants out into your garden.

Check with us for your favorite heirloom varieties before you buy your seedlings from the big-box stores!

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Winter Fun – Indoors and Out

DSCN2745What happens during these long winter days that we spend mostly indoors? Seed catalogs to the rescue!

This week’s activities included inventory and organization of our existing seed stock, ordering new seeds, and building frames for low tunnels/raised boxes in the North Garden.

Saturday gave us a  break from the cold; “playing” outside included pruning the domesticated grapes and cutting wild grapevine down out of a patch of woodland.

Who says winter’s no fun?

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CSA Shares for 2015 Available Now!

It’s time to sign up for your 2015 Old Loon Farm CSA Share!  For more information, check out our CSA page on this website.

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