This blog post comes to you from Jess Brasil, our incredible Director of Operations. Jess has been with our family of cafes for a whopping 10 years! She’s best known for her love of cooking healthy homemade meals, her impressive memory, and her two adorable Boston terriers, Stevie & Ollie.
We are proud to announce a new collaboration with Siena Farms, of Sudbury, MA. Siena Farms, a seventy-five acre market farm growing fresh produce for farmers’ markets, restaurants, and a 750-member CSA community, is located in the Sudbury River valley just twenty-five miles west of Boston.
“Siena Farms’ produce is grown using the traditionally sustainable farming practices of modern biological agriculture; free of chemical herbicides, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers. The soil fertility of our seventy-five acre farm is built annually through the use of natural composts, cover crops and minerals, which together supply valuable nutrients to the farm’s soil – and thus to the final produce customer receive.”
Our new partnership with Siena Farms rolls out next Wednesday, March 18th. Forge will be a CSA share year round pick up location for Siena Farms customers. The first year round share we are participating in is their Spring share. Forge will be the exclusive bread included in all of the Siena Farms CSA Spring shares.
Here are a few notes about our delicious bread, from our Bread Lead, Nick:
All of our breads are naturally leavened, which means there is no commercial yeast of any kind in any of the doughs. All yeast comes from that which is naturally present on grain and the skins of fruit
All flours, seeds, fruits and nuts used to make our bread are organic and of high quality. This has a direct impact on both flavor and nutrition.
Every loaf of bread goes through a long, cool fermentation period lasting roughly 40-42 hours from start to finish. This process allows for the flavor development only nature can produce and cannot be rushed. Many bakeries have their bread out of the oven in less than 3 hours from when they started.
Every piece of ciabatta and baguette are cut and shaped by a human- no mechanical molders or dough dividers present in so many bakeries today. This greatly impacts the texture of the shaped loaf.
If you would like to learn more about Siena Farms or purchase a CSA share you can visit their website: http://www.sienafarms.com/csa.php.