Our enthusiasitic members the past two Winter seasons of our share program proved that people in Albany care about supporting local bread artisans dedicated to using pure ingredients and old-school techniques.
We're glad you asked. For some, the idea of a Community Supported endeavor that involves anything other than farm-direct products might seem foreign, but a quick Google search yields about 30 US CSBs currently in action in just the first 4 pages, with more in the UK and otherwise abroad. When we started our first CSB season in 2010, there were only about 8 in the US, this model is growing! Communty Supported shares that provide much more than produce are gaining in popularity all over the country.
Here are 5 good reasons to join our CSB.
2) Support for NY grain farmers and our risk developing recipes/techniques that respond to the varying protein levels of their wheat. Every membership will utilize about 25 lbs of NY flour. (We buy North Country Farms Stoneground Wheat & White; although NY grain production is up, the purchase of it by regional bakers is still relatively sparse. NY used to be the country's bread basket, Small, sustainable NY Farmers & Bakers are bringing NY Wheat back. We could buy more reliable flours from the Midwest, but we choose to honor the farmers who are dedicated to producing wheat again here in the Northeast, our CSB gives you a direct way to support them too.)
3) Discounted, carefully produced loaves & pastries for a fair-trade price.
4) Support the talent of Craft Bakers while developing a personal relationship with us. (As owners, Nick & I are extremely involved in our community and donate loaves/gift certificates/food regularly to worthy local causes that help feed the hungry. We work long hours that require great detail and skill. Getting to know more people in your neighborhood is never a bad thing and neither is supporting your local food artisans! Everything we do is connected to people, the CSB brings you closer to your food producers.)
5) Help stabilize and inject money into our local-foods economy and reduction of our collective carbon footprint. Our ingredients are typically grown and transported no more than 130 miles from Albany. We are deeply committed to supporting our slow-food producing neighbors. (North Country Farms is in the Fingerlakes; produce & cheeses are from within 30 miles; only our fair-trade organic sugars, Earth Balance, vanilla, spices, salt, baking powder & soda, Organic oils, NY and Organic flours come from a local/family-owned distributor, Hillcrest Foods in Saratoga or The Honest Weight Food Co-op, Please see our Suppliers Page for more information about our ingredients and philosophy.)
to grace your table & help ease your load for
November & December Gatherings!
Our Cinnamon Raisin Sandwich Loaf is perfect for a quick breakfast for guests (toasted or as French Toast or Bread Pudding). Nick's Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Boule, French Baguettes or Dinner Rolls are designed to perfectly compliment your Holiday meals and parties.
Britin's Buttery Spiced Apple or Chocolate Pecan Tarts, Apple or Vegan Cinnamon Buns, and our Vegan Cookies will satisfy adults & children alike.
for pickup Nov. 21 and Dec. 23/24.
5% of each purchase goes to the Northeast Regional Food Bank, a powerful organization helping to relieve the hungry in Upstate NY. This deck of 50 cards, worth $500 in discounts, is comprised of only locally-owned restaurants and includes 2 freebie wildcards. Cards expire in December 2013 and offer a $10 discount when you spend $30 on food. They fit into your wallet and make a great stocking stuffer for just about anyone!
Get a bonus card of your choice with purchase.
CAN BE USED IN THE SHOP,
AT THE SATURDAY DELMAR FARMERS MARKET
OR TOWARDS A BAKERY SHARE.
We'll add an extra $5 to any GC purchase of over $25.
and there is no expiration date.
lunches on the go, catering for any purpose
and wholesale breads & baked goods!
Call 518-463-1349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Fridays now open until 6pm)
We always look forward to seeing you!
We're bringing Real Bread back.