Fresh Homemade from a Bakery CSA

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The enticing fragrance of fresh yeasty bread beckoned us into Jen Ownbey’s converted-garage bakeshop in Olympia, Washington. A huge variety of loaves graced her shelves: yeast breads, regular and gluten-free; quick breads with mixtures of grains; sweet treats. While we chatted, she whipped up a batch of quick bread made with locally-grown zucchini — without using a recipe!

As she deftly cracked eggs together and poured them into the mix, Jen said that shareholders in her Eight Arms Bakery CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) get a yeast and quick bread each week plus baked sweet treats. She also brings her fresh baked goods to the local growers markets and natural foods stores.

We happily came away with a loaf of teff and cornmeal bread with molasses and caraway. Jen may not have eight arms, but given the prodigious amount and variety she bakes each week, it sure seems like it! [www.8armsbakery.com]

Watch Your Personal Baker – A Bakery CSA (episode 188).

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