Like that old children’s rhyme “It ain’t goin’ rain no more, no more…”, BC has had a summer of unusual drought. Unending hot weather, no precipitation and those clear blue skies are great for the beach, hiking on the trails and being out on the water. But as the summer wore on, we also saw fires, the scope of which we have never had in BC and for some of our farmers, they saw the crops that they lovingly planted and tended wither in the field. Some growers in the A Bread Affair family of farms ended the summer season plowing under the shriveled wheat plants. Yields on lands that do not have irrigation are very low, with some having no crop at all.
If there is one thing that we here at A Bread Affair are very familiar with it is -drumroll please- bread. Yes, bread. We can only imagine the look of shock and surprise on your face right now. The reason we chose to fashion our brand behind this ancient (wonderful) food is due to the fact that it is so widespread and versatile. When you really think about it, grains of all varieties form a foundation of diets worldwide. These grain products aren’t constrained to bread either, and also include pasta, rice, and even crackers or cookies. In fact, when you really break it down, these products are consumed with almost every single meal, especially in Western societies.
If there is one thing we here at A Bread Affair love even more than our (very) beloved city it is our customers. Without you folks, not only would we be unable to operate as a business, but our staff would also not get to experience the wonderful relationships that they have established with clients over the years! Since this is the case, we always try to share our baking knowledge with others, as there is no reason why we should keep all of our many kitchen secrets to ourselves. Today, we will be exploring a subject that has irked many amateur bakers for, well… since bread came into existence (for those that don’t know, this was approximately 10,000 years ago). We will be exploring some tips, tricks, and techniques that can be used in order to ensure that your freshly baked bread remains as fresh and tasty as when it first emerged from the oven. Nothing beats a crispy, light piece of bread, and it is time to take a stand against the nefarious bakery-cursing duo that is mold and staleness.
Picture an urban island, aglow with artistic expression and so much history. An island with art galleries, theaters, cafes, fresh product markets, dining by the water and unique shopping experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Granville Island should be a destination for anyone visiting Vancouver, or just looking for more of what the city has to offer. Wander through diverse and exciting crowds of locals, visitors and everything in-between. There’s plenty to see and do here on the Island, whether you are looking for art, food, shopping, or just some fresh air and great scenery. Here are just a few things you can do while you’re there:
We’ve returned from the back 40 acres and for the first time in what feels like 2 months, we can take a moment to chat. Spring is a very busy time on the farm with fields to be readied, seeds to start and over wintering crops to be given a helping hand. And having a phenomenal local supply chain growing for us and for you we always find it the busiest time of year.
Operating one of Vancouver’s premium outlets for organically sourced artisanal baked goods has never been an easy task. With our duties ranging from handling inventory, merchandising products, and scoping out new and exciting recipes, there is never really a dull moment! Oh, not to mention baking bread. We do a lot of that. With such a hectic schedule, we often experience curious customers who will enter our establishment with a bevy of questions about the ins and outs of our business. We answer them to the best of our abilities, time constraints aside, but sometimes people simply want more information. No strangers to providing in-depth background knowledge about our products, we figured; why not address one of the more frequent queries we are faced with.
I might be an organic farmer, but as I stand by the barn, looking out over the fields, I probably look like any other stereotypical farmer, right down to the rubber boots.
And in some ways, that’s the problem with organics. It is tough to see the many of the attributes that make organic farming importantly different. Organic farmers talk about the lack of herbicides and pesticides in our fields, many of which require our neighbours to look like something out of a contamination lab, when they spray their fields.
If there is one thing that we here at A Bread Affair consider to be a fundamental cornerstone of our business (other than flour) it is the sense of love and joy that we experience from our clients, fellow staff members, and our beloved friends and family. And what better time of year to express these emotions than the holiday season! This festive time not only provides a bounty of baked goods (have you seen our Seasonal cookies?) that are sure to delight taste buds and loosen belts, but also offers a wide variety of events and activities for people to go out and engage in. Vancouver in particular boasts many different options for Christmas experiences.
As most of our loyal, hungry, customers know, we bake our products using organically sourced ingredients. While most people are aware that this term refers to a product that has been used with a minimum of pesticides, usually needing to meet some sort of standard for its country of origin, many don’t understand the legal and formal proceedings surrounding organic goods in Canada. Here at A Bread Affair, we strive to keep our customers informed and up to date regarding the products at our disposal, and have thus thrown together a brief summary of what this actually means in the context of Canadian governance.
Wheat stands in one of the most vital, and often understated, components of the 21st century human’s diet. From pasta and bread to beer and even candy, this vital grain appears in countless dishes around the world in numerous forms. Although on the surface it may seem that it is grown by simply planting a seed in the earth, in reality the origins of the wheat that we know and love today are much more complex. Few people are aware that the world offers a broad range of wheat types, and that it was only through a long, arduous process of experimentation and trial and error that the variety most common in Canada came to exist.