…and we love bakeries. Now that I’ve made this clear, be ready to be covered in flour, salt and sweetness as you read this post. Non-bread lovers, be warned. You may rethink your choices after reading and enjoying the pictures.
We frequent a couple of locally-owned bakeries whenever we can. We love our local bakeries, not only because of our deep-seated love for bread but because in any one trip to the bakery, we also
1) Experience the art of bread making. We get to see the diligent, hard work that goes into making the bread we enjoy. Bakers are hard working individuals and it’s our joy to support them.
2) Support our local economy. I find that visiting the bakery is one delicious way we can eat local and support our community. We also happen to know that the bakeries we visit are very welcoming of children and schools. Great Harvest Bread in Rockville, MD for one hosts field trips free of charge to schools and child development centers (I know this too be true if the group size is over 12. I’m unsure of their maximum group size).
3) It reminds me a lot of my upbringing in Haiti. We lived within a block of a bakery when I was growing up and I have fond memories of the fresh, hot bread that we would purchase there. The bread was always fresh and always hot. I grew up with the concept that good bread did not need to be accompanied by anything. It’s good to give the kids a slice of that culture.
4) Fresh bread is delicious. I’ve always been a bread lover and I’ve succeeded at passing the affection to our children. Ty’s favorite bread, as of late, is a cranberry orange wheat bread. T. loves spinach bread. His favorite: a spinach provolone bread that our local baker makes once a week.
5) Bakeries turn food tasting into art. Where else can you go to pick up a loaf of bread and leave having tasted a slice or Irish soda bread, cinnamon swirl, or Challah bread? This past week I got to taste the natural White Challah bread while visiting Spring Mill Bread and it was simply delectable, in the words of Ty.
And best of all…
6) Bread reminds me of God in two ways. When I look at a loaf of bread, I’m reminded that The Lord provides for my needs. I’m also reminded that I should not live by bread alone. It draws me to God and reminds me to constantly rely on Him.