My name is Ashley and I have a small cottage sourdough bakery in Tacoma WA. i make the breads and my husband and friends help make sure that everything else is possible. the breads are handmade, naturally leavened with a wild culture and mixed from fresh stone milled local organic flour. using the best grains will yield the best breads. you will feel and taste the difference. we package in all brown paper bags for zero waste.
our baked goods are available at the Saturday Proctor Farmers Market and each Tuesday through preorder of our weekly subscription
it started from wanting a good bread bakery around tacoma, a bakery that made real bread with simple ingredients. I grew up baking, we grew a lot of our own food and bought from family farms, so my connection to food was close to the earth and centered around foods being medicine for the body.
during a trip to france, i tried my first sourdough miche. my pallet will never forget the complexity, a food that carries many memories from generations through this bread… i could taste it. i knew that this was the bread i had been missing and i wanted to share this joy.
Supporting local farmers who grow better grains with sustainable organic practices will yield the most nutritious bread, helping to create a local food system and community that is healthy, prosperous and resilient.
bread as we know it now is not how it has always been. i set myself up to researching why allergens to wheat had risen in the US. what i discovered was that it wasn’t wheat in general that was the problem, but rather the way we have modified the grain to sustain any weather condition and still have high yeilds for commercialized products. The pesticides and chemicals that are being sprayed on the wheat and into the soil we are ingesting without knowing it. the over consumption of modified foods and chemicals have caused these allergens, and when taken off the diet you may feel better. however, eating real bread, simple ingredients of water, flour and salt can help the body actually heal. in addition the wild culture has beneficial bacteria for your gut, which is linked to physical and mental health.
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