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Breads and Spreads!

Whether it’s holding a filling (peanut butter and jelly), serving as a base (bruschetta), cubed and toasted (croutons), or soaking up delicious broths (French onion soup), bread is versatile…and not just in uses, but also in  variety, as is clear by the assortment brought to Media Farmers Market weekly by vendors Great Harvest and Jerome Sheehan. And don’t forget the great assortment of spreads to enhance those breads, like Taste’s unique combos.

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Great Harvest bread 10.9.13Great Harvest’s whole-grain breads are made from high-protein, hard red spring wheat from the plains of north-central Montana, which is stone-ground fresh on a mill right in their Wayne bakery, one of two locations owned by Darren and Debbie Henderson. Whole-wheat kernels are poured into one end of the mill and come out the other end as 100% whole-wheat flour. Nothing is added or removed, giving each loaf a rich wheat flavor and whole-grain nutrition not possible with commercial flour.

Darren, a former retail executive who wanted a change from a corporate environment, and Debbie, also a retail enthusiast, were avid, long-time customers of Great Harvest, and, when the Wayne store came up for sale in 2010, they dove right in! Along with their assortment of breads, including their signature honey whole-wheat bread, you can also count on delicious cookies and other sweet treats! For gift packages, catering, locations, and other info, go to Great Harvest’s website.

Artisan Baker Jerome Sheehan

Jerome Sheehan bread 10.9.13Jerome Sheehan has been baking European breads—crispy, caramelized crust with irregular-sized openings in the crumb —and American pies for four years. Key ingredients: King Arthur unbleached, unbromated bread flour as the base white-bread flour; organic, whole-wheat flour and whole-spelt flour from Daisy Mills, an old stone mill in Lancaster County, PA (organic, whole-rye berries are milled on-site); pure raw honey from Lancaster County; and extra virgin olive oil in lieu of butter in the Bavarian pretzel recipe (available in savory and sweet flavors, such as parmesan-and-olive-oil-encrusted and dark-chocolate-and-dried-cherries).

With a background in international accounting and finance, Jerome has lived and worked in Europe, Mexico, and Manhattan. He loves the food, wine, beer and cultures of Germany, France, Italy and Spain—particularly the breads—so, after 25 years in an office and corporate environment, he decided he wanted to work with his hands, and began to bake breads. He plans on having freshly baked apple pies at the Market tomorrow, using apples hand-picked by himself and his son last weekend, and three types of focaccia.

Taste Artisanal Market

Taste asiago spread 10.9.13Lisa Ferrero brings together mouth-watering combinations to her jarred spreads, like Marinated Asiago and Walnut & Red Pepper Muhammara, using the finest fresh, natural ingredients for these delicious small-batch, hand-made spreads. At Taste, quality ingredients are pooled from all over the world, including artisanally produced foods sourced from right here in Delaware County, and as far away as Italy. Taste is located in West Chester and can create custom platters, based on your needs, with their award-winning artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, nuts, pates, fresh spreads and tapenades. Check them out at Media Farmers Market every other week, and also their website at Taste Artisanal Market.

And, of course, as featured in previous newsletters, check out Althouse Farm, Mediterra, and FreshaPeel Hummus, for more great spreads.

FYI
With a full schedule of fall events that is keeping them very busy, Kaya’s KrabbyPatty’s needs to step back from the Market, and plans to return next season. You can still find them at Kaya’s Cuisine.

 

For a Complete List of Media Farmers Market Vendors, Click Here

See you tomorrow at the Market!

 

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