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.
Crafting a variety of delicious, fresh bread is something that we at A Bread Affair have prided ourselves upon for a number of years. Using only premium organic ingredients, our products are baked fresh daily so as to garnish a dinner table, rest horizontally with a bevy of items in between (I believe they are calling it a ‘sandwich’ these days), or simply serve as a succulent snack on their own. There does exist one major downside in purchasing or making bread, however. If left for too long, the stuff has a tendency to get hard, chewy, and unappetizing. For lack of a better world, let’s call this state ‘stale’. Although we figure you’ll likely be devouring anything purchased from our shop long before it reaches this stage, sometimes a busy schedule or weak appetite interferes, henceforth leaving you with a slice, bunch, or loaf of unpalatable bread.
When it comes to food storage, putting your groceries away in the refrigerator may seem like a no brainer. Items such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and meat experience greatly heightened levels of longevity when kept in these cool spaces. Since the fridge is such a great spot to preserve edibles in order to make them last longer, then obviously it is a great place to keep bread, right? Wrong.
Sustainability is vital to the survival of our planet. It’s a key component of the Vancouver and B.C. culture. The natural world around us is beautiful and so important and deserves our utmost respect. Sustainability is a core value in true organic agriculture worldwide. Here in B.C., A Bread Affair supports rural communities and the Organic Farmers that live and work in them. We understand the value between a farmer and their land and how that translates into food products for the community. We have been active supporters of the Agricultural Land Reserve, as well.
We at A Bread Affair are dedicated to providing our patrons with organic, locally grown, and artisan crafted baked goods and breads. Located on the bustling and lovely Granville Island, we love what we do – and hope that you will, too! Here are 3 reasons we think you should get your bread and baked goods from us:
We’ve got exciting news to share! We’ve been featured in the Vancouver Sun as part of their Farm Market Producers series by Randy Shore. The article spotlights the one and only, Tanya Belanger, and delves into her start in the bakery business, the secret to making great bread and her signature loaf, The Marquis. You can get your hands on the goodies right here.