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Curated research on bakeries, food systems and grain chains.
Here we share the ongoing market research we are doing for our bakery as well as work being done regional grain economies (so we can source as much locally as possible). These mini-posts represent some of our homework and inspirations that help guide some of our business decisions. We aggregate news from dozens of sources on a weekly basis.

When Paris closes in the heat of August, baguettes are harder to find

via The Washington Post
Posted August 8, 2022 7:51 pm by Paul Bonneville
This was a very educational piece on bakeries in France having to deal with the recent heatwaves. I default to thinking about France when it comes to the history of bread and pastries, but this article expands on how bakeries play into the daily culture over there.

His Pane Vivo bakeries produce natural sourdough breads from an ancient wheat variety and have found a growing fan base among Parisians looking for a healthier alternative to the dominant white baguette bread. Some of his breads include Corsican herbs, others are studded with dried figs or dark chocolate.
Sales
Advocacy & Education
Baking

Dry Land Distillers Celebrates Four Years in Longmont

via 303 Magazine
Posted August 7, 2022 2:34 pm by Paul Bonneville
Colorado's own grain chain alive and growing through local companies, organizations and collaboration!

This dedication to cultivating a truly local product would not have been possible without the assistance of organizations such as the Colorado Grain Chain, which has been a driving factor in their mission to reintroduce ancient and heritage grains specific to Colorado. When we asked Wroe how the partnership with the Colorado Grain Chain came about, Wroe mentioned, “The Colorado Grain Chain was a serendipitous discovery two years into our history. We didn’t know of the organization until after we started the distillery; had we known of them in advance, it would have saved us a lot of effort and time. Once we discovered the CGC, it was a natural fit — and the amount of knowledge and connections in the CGC has been invaluable.” After discussing the Colorado Grain Chain and its impact on Dry Land, it became apparent that the physical location of Dry Land plays a prominent role in its mission to showcase Colorado ingredients, artisans and farmers authentically.
Food & beverage creation
Milling & Malting
Farming
Seeds
Science & Research

First round of wheat berries from Grains from the Plains

via Instagram
Posted August 5, 2022 2:06 pm by Paul Bonneville
Picked up our first batch of wheat berries from Grains from the Plains out of Hugo, Colorado. Excited to start testing it out in some sourdough loaves this weekend!
Locations
Lafayette, CO,
United States
Farming
Baking

The Uproot Pie Co.

via Instagram
Posted August 2, 2022 9:57 pm by Paul Bonneville
I'd be lying if I said I didn't see wood-fired pizza in our future, either at home or as part of our bakery venture.

I just came across the Uproot Pie Co. in a reference on an Instagram post, which is how I come across of lot of the businesses I track in our database. 

They have an inspirational story that is sprinkled in their website and Instagram feed. Definitely worthy of a perusal 🍕
Locations
Thomaston, ME,
United States
Organizations

Chloe Newman of Crust Worthy offers baked goods worth salivating over

via Pittsburgh City Paper
Posted July 29, 2022 10:48 am by Paul Bonneville
Stories like Chloe's are definitely inspirational, but when we look across the country, not entirely unique. I don't say that to marginalize her story, but as an indication that there is a trend of consumers and communities longing for more authentic and local food experiences coming from community members like Chloe:

“We're pretty transparent as a business about how important it is for us to source our ingredients locally. Most of the fruits and vegetables that we get that are incorporated into specialty breads and pastries are locally sourced from the market often,” she says. “All of the flour that we get is also locally sourced, and there's really a lot of heart and soul that goes into that kind of regional pride and wanting to support that local economy”
Locations
Pittsburgh, PA,
United States
Organizations
Sales
Baking

The Modern Épicerie: France’s Corner Store Gets a Revival

via Eater
Posted July 28, 2022 10:37 pm by Paul Bonneville
When I think about what we want an eventual Daily Grains storefront to become, this article about a revival of épicerie's in France (think smaller specialty grocer stores with local goods) has a line that really resonates with me:

The épicerie is firmly grounded in brick-and-mortar tradition, gaining customers not through novelty or Instagrammable branding, but by reviving the regional culinary know-how and personal relationships with farmers and customers that empowered épiciers of the past.

I'm not saying we want a specialty grocery store, we are building a bakery to be clear, but it is how I'd like us to go about getting customers. We really want to build a space for community as much as the bread 😊.
Sales
Baking
Marketing & Promotion

Gratuitous Grain Video Courtesy of the Colorado Grain Chain

via Instagram
Posted July 27, 2022 11:33 pm by Paul Bonneville
We weren't able to make it down to the San Luis Valley for the UCCS Grain School in the Field & the Colorado Grain Chain Roadshow event this past weekend, but we are sharing this gratuitous video of grain.
Milling & Malting
Baking
Farming
Advocacy & Education

A 150-year-old San Luis Valley farm stops growing food to save a shrinking water supply. It might be the first deal of its kind in the country

via Colorado Public Radio
Posted July 26, 2022 10:30 pm by Paul Bonneville
These stories about the water issues out here in the western part of the country are part of a sad reality. The Colorado Grain Chain just finished hosting an educational event out in the San Luis Valley this past weekend, so this headline stuck out to me.

To restore a balance of supply and demand, farmers and ranchers across the valley need to drastically cut how much water they pump out of the ground, according to the Colorado Division of Water Resources. If they don’t, the state has threatened to step in and shut off hundreds of wells, which local water managers say would devastate the valley’s agriculture-driven economy. 

As to why I keep posting these types of articles: I'm tracking these stories as part of research we're doing for sourcing local and regional grains for our bakery out here in Colorado.
Policy & Legal
Farming
Advocacy & Education

Colorado River crisis: The West's most important water supply is drying up

via The Denver Post
Posted July 22, 2022 6:51 pm by Paul Bonneville
This is one of the most thorough articles I've seen on the water situation here and out west. Agriculture will be a significant target for water use reductions, and one question I have is whether or not known agriculture techniques that reduce water usage can be applied to help. I do understand that swapping out farming models is not simple or easy and would likely reduce yields, but financial models aside, are different farming practices a possibility.

“This is an extremely challenging situation,” Meiman said. “There aren’t simple solutions. There aren’t easy solutions. We’ve exhausted all of those.”

Grocery bills have already increased as farmers face tighter water budgets, Shields said. And they’ll climb higher if additional cuts plague the industry.

Agriculture consumes the vast majority of Colorado River water across the basin, so policy makers see the industry as an obvious target for conservation efforts.
Advocacy & Education
Policy & Legal
Farming

A Painful Deadline Nears as Colorado River Reservoirs Run Critically Low

via The New York Times
Posted July 21, 2022 10:58 pm by Paul Bonneville
It is no secret that there are major water issues out here in Colorado and westward, but an open secret that I learned recently is that anywhere from 75-80% of the water we use here out west is used for agriculture. Matching water shortages due to drought with a desire to develop and grow local and regional food systems does add up to a bright future. 

Water managers from the states, irrigation districts, Native tribes and others are discussing proposals for steep 2023 cuts, which must be submitted to the Bureau of Reclamation next month. The reductions are expected to fall most heavily on agriculture, which uses about three-quarters of Colorado water, and on the lower basin states.

There will be a dark future of course, unless we start thinking differently about how we are farming with a goal or reducing wasted water by sticking to old agricultural practices that don't work without massive amounts of water. 
Advocacy & Education
Farming
Science & Research
Policy & Legal