farm market follies
Hi, wanted to share some farm market adventures I've been having lately. I've been baking sourdough for nearly 10 years now and just last year felt my bread was good enough to make it to farm markets, so this is my second year. It's been received with an overwhelming following, keeping me busy every weekend from march thru late October.
As some of you have been to farm markets you meet all kinds of folks and today for me was no exception. First I had one person who wanted a crispy bread, so I tried to direct them to a nice sourdough and explained that all they needed to do was warm it back up in the oven and the crust would crisp right back up, not mention it freezes extremely well, unswayed and picking thru a few other breads they decided to go with a plain non sourdough soft bread after being adamant about something crispy, my first inkling that there might be a problem starting to brew in the space time continuum.
The best came later on towards the close of the market when someone walked up and demanded that I tell them what flour I use, I should have noticed something wasn't quiet right the way they were squeezing my bread.
No sooner that I said I use king Arthur, they drop the bread as if it had sprouted two heads and they blurt out Azodicarbonamide, being on only a couple hours sleep I didn't recall that Azodicarbonamide is a flour bleaching agent (last I checked KA has never used chemical bleaching agents) so I blurted back "ohh really and what flours don't have Azodicarbonamide" quick on the draw they respond "European flours" .
So I let them walk away since I had already sold plenty of loaves and they obviously weren't there to buy any bread even if it was made with European flours (which by the way I do happen to use for some of my bread, but they will never know).
If it had just ended there I wouldn't have given it much more thought but they then decided to move onto the next vendor selling honey from hives they personally bee keep.
The person tells that vendor that they don't like wild flower honey, and then decide to open one of the skin lotion honey products that's clearly NOT marked sample and decides to argue with the vendor that it was just there and thought that they could just sample it.
At this point I'm breaking out the tin foil hat because I'm not planning on catching whatever they have.
So they buy nothing and mozy over to the vegetable stand whose produce comes from farms that use all kinds of chemicals way worse than Azodicarbonamide and proceed to buy a number of vegetables, at this point I'm cowering under my table thinking I'm screwed and one tin foil hat isn't going to help.
Eventually they make their way over to the vendor selling wine and proceeds to buy a bottle for the ride home, I'm thinking to my self under table , now two tin foil hats on "huh, KA flour bad , but sulfites and chemicals on your veggies ok, wow" as they move out of the market the space time continuum comes back in order, at least for now ,I think to myself, I better remember to bring more tin foil next time.
Anyway this was less about the chemicals, etc.. and more about sharing today's funny at the farm market, hope you got a laugh out of it.
Hope to hear some of your fun at the markets.