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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.

Meet the Distiller Dedicated to Reviving Heirloom Grains

via Modern Farmer
Posted July 18, 2022 9:28 pm by Paul Bonneville
Interesting article that focuses more on the distillery area of the grain chain, but the sentiment below goes for bakers as well. If you can't grow your own grains, get to know your farmers.

Swanson encourages other distillers to get as involved as they can in the agricultural side of the process. Some, like him, might be able to grow their own grain, a tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Others might not have that opportunity, but he would encourage them to buy local grains and speak with the farmers about which variety they use and why. By developing the agricultural side of distilling, the end user experience gets better and better.

We are seeing a number of direct baker-to-farmer relationships in our region out here in Colorado, but we have yet to see these relationships facilitated through any sort of centralized market or exchange. Most of these relationships are simply one-to-one, which from my perspective is not sustainable or scalable for any given farmer. We definitely want to help grow a grain exchange marketplace wherever and however we can.
Locations
Hallock, MN,
United States
Organizations
Food & beverage creation
Sales
Farming

Corvus Coffee Expands to the Burbs, Adds Extraordinary Fox and Raven Bakery

via 303 Magazine
Posted July 17, 2022 10:41 pm by Paul Bonneville
Adding The Fox & The Raven Bakery to our database, which is a sister company to Corvus Coffee, after running into Erik and Savanah at the Grain from the Plains Wheat Harvest Festival this past Saturday. Did a little research and came across this article from September of 2020 that talks about the original launch of the joint venture:

Before evidencing a closely-linked culinary ideology, Czarnecki made a strong impression on Goodlaxson in the form of a thoughtfully-prepared “bribe.” “She came in and interviewed and brought a bunch of really good baked goods,” laughed Goodlaxson. Coming from a science background, Czarnecki began baking after becoming disillusioned with a career in oil and gas. After an apprenticeship at Babettes Artisan Bread in 2018, she was hired in 2019 for Frasca’s bread program, where she worked under head pastry chef Alberto Hernandez.

Her locally-oriented philosophy and on-site milling have rightfully received a cosign from Dry Storage bread baker Daniel Gray, with miller Colton Steiner actually helping to set the millstones in Fox and Raven’s kitchen. While the bakery clearly provides an outlet for Czarnecki’s natural talent, much of her approach is still informed by her more technical background. “My recipe book looks like a lab notebook,” she smiled.

Appears that Claire Czarnecki has moved on (didn't chat about history with Erik), but sounds like their bakery is going strong. We hope to get down to visit them in the near future.
Locations
Littleton, CO,
United States
Organizations
Baking
Sales

Good Hands Bread Co. on Instagram

via Instagram
Posted July 13, 2022 8:36 pm by Paul Bonneville
Another new addition to our database: Good Hands Bread Co. 

We never get tired of behind-the-scenes videos, not to mention videos that show the very ovens we are waiting for to make their way to our home :)
Locations
Dayton, OH,
United States
Organizations
Sales
Baking

Companies’ Climate Promises Face a Wild Card: Farmers

via The New York Times
Posted July 12, 2022 10:18 pm by Paul Bonneville
Great article that covers a wide swath of farming topics and issues, but it was the simple definition of "regenerative" farming that stood out. It has definitely become a buzzword in the last year or so and it seems to be picking up steam. 

We are starting to track and understand this practice a little better and also look look for it when we are sourcing grain:

Though “regenerative agriculture” may be a popular buzz phrase in climate circles, the practices behind it are anything but new. For decades, a small contingent of farmers have taken steps, like reducing or not tilling a field after harvest, to prevent soil erosion; planting cover crops during the fall; rotating different crops each year to avoid depleting the soil of key nutrients; and controlled grazing of fields by cattle and other livestock.
Farming
Science & Research
Advocacy & Education

The Latest Cottage Food Bakery Discovery: Pennyloaf Bread Co.

via Instagram
Posted July 11, 2022 8:08 pm by Paul Bonneville
You know it is a legit cottage food bakery when you see this in the FAQs on how to pick up you order: 

Bread will be ready for pick up from my back deck on Thursdays

Since these postings about bakeries are usually part of my research, you'll notice I tend to show kitchen shots. Love to see how other cottage bakery set up their baking arenas!
Locations
West Seattle, WA,
United States
Organizations
Sales
Baking

How this tribe survives in Colorado’s worst drought region with as little as 10% of its hard-won water supply

via The Denver Post
Posted July 10, 2022 10:31 pm by Paul Bonneville
Came across the Ute Mountain Utes tribe Bow & Arrow Brand corn products via this story in Denver Post about how they are dealing with extreme drought conditions. They farm corn and also mill and sell their product directly.

The Ute's story is not one I knew, so the article is interesting and educational on variety of levels:

Across the southwestern United States, agriculture essential to feed the nation requires 80% of water supplies that rapidly are shrinking as temperatures rise. Farmers and ranchers around southwestern Colorado this summer are struggling — selling off cattle, cutting back on planting. Many lack options for adapting like the Utes’ mill that maximizes revenue from whatever can be grown. Some have taken second jobs in retail stores and serving tourists.
Locations
Towaoc, CO,
United States
Organizations
Farming
Sales

The SQFT Project's first participating bakery

via Instagram
Posted July 7, 2022 11:06 pm by Paul Bonneville
Northeast Grainshed Alliance's SQFT project has their first bakery member using their marketing logo stamp that denotes the use of local grains in their products. Hope to help move a project forward like this out here in Colorado!

Check out this small but mighty new stamp! Look for it on your bag! Each of our standard 1.5 lb sourdoughs is made with 100% regionally grown grain, 18.3 square feet in fact! Know that what you eat is supporting sustainable agriculture from grower to miller to baker- to you.
Locations
Katonah, NY,
United States

Gravy Podcast: Making That Dough

via Southern Foodways Alliance
Posted July 6, 2022 7:48 pm by Paul Bonneville
More inspiration :) Love the stories and the background on the cottage food bakery movement they threaded into the story:

In “Making That Dough,” the fourth episode in her five-part series for Gravy, producer Irina Zhorov explores the business of cottage bakeries—and how small-scale bakers make amazing loaves out of home kitchens and converted garages.

High Desert Seed + Garden

via Instagram
Posted July 4, 2022 10:05 am by Paul Bonneville
I've been in research mode here in the Colorado region looking for farms dealing in small grains and made another new discovery, High Desert Seed + Garden out in Montrose, Colorado. While not necessarily a farm that is selling berries, they are growing and selling regionally suited seeds that farmers can buy and grow:

This years winner for most most photographed crop! Announcing Dolma, a hulless black barley that hails from Tibet.

There are not many established markets for finding and buying regional grain to use for our bakery, so I am trying to build out our database so that any food-based companies that end trying to find these grain purveyors like we are at least have a place to start.
Locations
Montrose, CO,
United States
Seeds
Farming
Sales

Grains From The Plains Wheat Harvest Festival

via Instagram
Posted July 3, 2022 11:15 am by Paul Bonneville
Grains from the Plains is one of our very own grain chain farmers here in Colorado. We are also going to be using some of their wheat for cottage bakery. We plan on attending their Wheat Harvest Festival on July 16th outside of Hugo, CO:

Please join us for our Wheat Harvest Festival!! We will have one of our hogs roasted and fresh baked buns from our wheat. We will also have micro greens from @ahavahfarm. This is a real local farm-to-table agrotourism event.
Locations
422 4th Street,
Hugo, CO,
United States
Advocacy & Education
Farming
Marketing & Promotion
Business networking