I had fallen in love with the sweet, creamy flavor of bread fermented with wild yeast leaven that contradicts the widespread perception of “sourdough.” I wanted anything but sour bread. – Chad Robertson, Tartine Bread, p.28
On a number of Saturday mornings this summer, we have been riding our bikes to the Farmers’ Market at the mouth of the Humber River.
But it’s not really for the farmers’ produce that we’re headed there….
Initially, it was because an up-market cheese store, The Cheese Boutique, has a table there. Each item on the table is sold for $13 (or three items for $30). Last summer we were getting spectacular Butter Cheese, as well as even more spectacular creamy cambozola. The blue cheese was ambrosial and insanely inexpensive. (An inferior cambozola from the Supermarket was priced at over $60 per kilo; the Cheese Boutique special-value cheese worked out to about $25 per kilo!) Early in this summer, there was the most fabulous, perfectly ripe, Aliments du Québec double cream brie, and a delicious goat milk Dutch-style gouda. The beautiful brie disappeared when it got ridiculously hot in July; our favourite butter cheese appeared in August.
At some point in July, we noticed a large line-up at one of the bakery tables: Soul Bread Company. The bread there looked to be wonderful! But we don’ need somebody else’s stink’n’ bread! We bake our own!
The following Saturday, we arrived at the market area a little later – just in time for lunch and we thought it would be fun to try the Soul Bread Company’s bread. Ha. Nice try. They didn’t have any bread left! Not even a few crumbs….
The next Saturday, T put coffee into a thermos and off we rode, making sure to get to the market area first thing. We got the requisite cheese from the Cheese Boutique and then stood in line to get one pain au chocolat and an almond croissant.
We headed over to sit at a table under the shade of the trees near the high waters of the Humber to have breakfast of coffee and still slightly warm, crispy, light pastries.