Fall is upon us! The nights have turned chilly, the brightly colored leaves crunch underfoot, pumpkins are appearing, and those sweaters tucked away in the dresser look awfully enticing.
I love fall.
I sometimes imagine that some far away day, when I retire, I will while away the days in a little cottage back east eating tart apples, sharp cheddar cheese, drinking hot cider, and devouring a good book by the fire . . . . we can all dream, can't we?!
Until then, fall is a time when my baking soul gets rejuvinated and re-energized. At the bakery it feels like we kind of slog through the summer, churning out the daily favorites and slicing and freezing more fruit than you can shake a stick at. But as soon as the mornings turn cool, the air starts to smell different, and the sun is a little slower to climb into the sky we start itching to turn on the ovens, pull out the warming spices, and get to work!
I look forward each year to changing our menu a bit, bringing back some beloved treats such as stout gingerbread, spiced caramel lattes, and the oh-so-tasty croque monsieur toast, as well as testing and falling in love with new treats. There are so many delicious things in the world, I can't just stick to the ones we've already tried!
We hope this change of seasons brings new and delicious things to your life, and we thank you for allowing us to be a part of it!
I recently re-watched Food Inc. If you haven't watched it, you should. If you have watched it, watch it again. I had forgotten some of the compelling information presented in this film and after seeing it again I feel all fired up and more confident than ever in why we do what we do at the bakery each day.
We work really hard to source as many ingredients as possible from local, sustainable, seasonal sources. This ranges from getting produce from Native Hill Farm and serving what's in season in our quiche and soup, to getting beautiful green, brown, and blue eggs from Jodar Farms, to stockpiling stone fruit and berries in the summer from Ela Family Farms and Garden Sweet, respectively, and spending countless hours slicing and freezing hundreds of pounds so that in December when you eat a peach scone from our shop it will be delicious because that peach was perfectly ripe, in season, and took just a short jaunt across the state of Colorado in August. We try to use the best version of meats available in our savory toast preparations. We buy flour grown and milled in nearby Kansas. We use only pure, raw ingredients in everything we make. So we know EXACTLY what each item we prepare contains. We take great pride in creating treats that feed body and soul each day. I could go on and on!
The most compelling part of the whole film, Food Inc., for me at least, is at the very end before the credits roll, we are reminded that we vote with our dollars. And we do it at least 3 times a day. By choosing where we spend those dollars we are influencing the future of our economy, our personal health, and the health of our environment. Thank you for voting for small, local, sustainable, and downright good (!) by frequenting our little shop in Old Town. Your dollars are far reaching and have great impact!