This week I got my first delivery from Gold Island Bakery, the Halifax CSA that features subscriptions for various baked goods. It’s a weekly routine of baking and biking for Jessica Ross, the gal who runs the CSA. Every Wednesday she makes the rounds on her bike, dropping off little cotton sacks with fresh, crusty loaves to her subscribers. I really love the idea of this CSA; it makes me think of small towns, patterned aprons and pies cooling on window sills. There is something so simple and rustic about the idea of someone delivering loaves of bread, pies, butter and preserves to your doorstep. To put it simply, it just makes me happy.
I chose a weekly bread delivery—beginning with a dense, delicious light rye bread, that has just about the best crust development I could hope for—along with a pie every two weeks. Her breads are naturally leavened, made with stone ground, whole grain flour. She’s inspired by European recipes after apprenticing in Germany, and will be delivering various rye breads, along with kamut, 7 grain and a pumpkin seed spelt buckwheat loaf. I’m excited for each and every one. Don’t even get me started on the pie.