These last couple of weeks have been pretty busy on that front. Rog was asked to judge the Crich Area Community News photo competition which proved to be a great success. He had a huge pile of photos from which to select the winning entries. You can read more on the CACN website and if you would like to see the top three adult and top three junior photos, they are on display in the loaf in Crich.
Then last Tuesday I did a talk on the baking business and bread-baking for the Lee and Holloway WI. This is not the first I have done and in fact I get a call every couple of weeks asking if I will come along and do a talk.
A rather more demanding audience where 16 cubs from the Crich Cub group this week. They came to visit the bakery for an hour one evening and holding their attention for that length of time really put me to the test. We mixed some dough, tried to carry 25kg flour bags, talked through some fantastic samples from Shipton Mill showing the journey from grain to flour through the milling processes, worked out how the machinery works and baked some biscuits! Quite a packed evening.
Then on Thursday I was asked to bake croissants and baguettes for the Crich Junior School Harvest Breakfast. This is a lovely annual tradition when all the children at the school, parents, governors and others involved in some way have breakfast together. We are invited which is lovely and I really enjoyed a half hour out of the bakery.
One of the perks of being involved with the Junior School is getting presented from time to time with excess produce from their vegetable garden. This week they gave us some mammoth onions. Phil, our chef has been turning them into French Onion Soup and some will be going on the top of the cheddar and onion focaccia tomorrow!
All this really makes us feel that the loaf is seen as an important part of the community in Crich, and we certainly do our best to pull our weight.
This Sunday I will be running the first of our new bread baking
courses. As I have had a cancellation, I have a couple of spaces left to fill. If you, or someone you know, would like to have something fun and fulfilling to do this weekend, then why not get in touch.
The course this weekend is aimed at beginners or those with some previous experience but wanting some more tips and techniques. We will bake three different yeasted doughs and included in the cost of the day is a welcome bite, all drinks and lunch as well as anything that you bake.
Further course dates published into 2012
I am delighted to say that there are now dates for bread-baking courses up on the website for the first half of next year. As the first two dates this year booked up really quickly, I would encourage you to get your name down early to avoid disappointment.
Pretty soon we will have vouchers available for courses which will make great gifts for friends and family this Christmas. Vouchers will be either for the full amount or a contribution towards the cost of the course.
Pictured right is the new training room which is well on its way to completion. We are very excited about having this new space. You can keep up with developments on the blog.
We have been baking in the new bakery for just over four weeks now so we are really starting to feel like we are settling in. The space we now have both in the bakery and in the café kitchen is fantastic and will help us to continue to develop new and exciting products as well as serve many more customers.
If you are wondering what the various buckets are on the table in the picture, they are all the sourdoughs and pre-ferments that we have to mix up each day ready for the next day's baking - it gets pretty complicated!
Events and dates for the diary
The new space that we have in the bakery means that we can attend many more markets and events going forward such as the Baslow Food Fair pictured.
Regularly we will be at:
Brampton Food Fair, Brampton Road, Chesterfield - first Saturday of the month
Matlock Farmers' Market, Imperial Rooms, Matlock - third Saturday of the month
Baslow Food Fair, Baslow village hall - Sundays every 6-8 weeks, next on Sunday 6 November
We are also keen to attend Belper and Wirksworth farmers' markets so watch this space.
We are delighted to be attending a few Christmas Markets this year. Already booked in are the fabulousplaces.co.uk Christmas Market over the weekend of 19/20 November. This promises to be a fantastic opportunity to do a bit of early Christmas shopping.
Then, over the weekend of the 2/3/4 December, we will be attending the Matlock Victorian Christmas Market for the first time. Do come along and find us among all the other festive goodies.
There is an event calendar on the news page of the website with all of these events and other bits and pieces that we get involved in.
We were delighted to be able to stay open in Matlock Green yesterday and today during the power outage. We are a local community business and will always do our best to serve the community come what may.