I view the Farmers Market season with a mix of dread and joy. Dread, because it means I have to give up my Friday nights and get up at 3:30 or thereabouts on Saturday, and joy, because it financially supports my place of employ through the summer in a town where a huge chunk of the population leaves around the first of May and doesn't come back till August.
The Bakery has been in attendance at this market for several years, but if you go tomorrow morning, you won't find us there. Seems we are caught in a political argument of sorts, and the directors/organizers of the shindig still haven't given my boss the green light to come on out and set up the tent. Some people want the Farmers Market to make a statement I guess, that's why they have set up guidelines they can use to exclude vendors who aren't Local enough.
Some of the vendors do not like the fact that we don't grow our own wheat. I guess that's the biggest issue, and it kinda makes me mad. We do have a bread featuring wheat grown in WV. The Local Wheat Growers aren't growing hard red wheat, or anything really that is high enough in gluten to make decent bread, so I have to add bread flour (not Local) to the dough to get it to be bread and not dense cracker-like pancakes. The bylaws of the market, last time I checked, stated that 25% of the products you sell have to be local. Our WV Wheat has about 40% local flour. Can I count the water I use, cause it comes from the Mon River? We have local eggs in our scones & cookies, local honey, and local fruits and veggies when they're in season... And the biggest thing for me is that we're a community business. Everything we make is produced In Morgantown. How much more local can you get?
If you go to the Market, and you miss New Day Bakery products, please let someone there know. Maybe if the Local Community wants us there, it will help the board make up it's mind. And remember, we're only a few blocks away from the Market, so if you have a hankering for a good cup of coffee and a scone we can hook you up, whether we have a stall at the Market or not.
Disclaimer : The views expressed in this personal essay are mine and mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of New Day Bakery LLC or it's owners.