Medieval Market Mania!

This week at The Bread Peddler:

Tues Nov 25, 4 to 8 pm: bread sales at The Bread Peddler – brave the snow for some scrumptious fresh bread!
Wed Nov 26, 9 am: bread delivered to Green Tree Health & Wellness, Quesnel
Wed Nov 26, 4 to 8 pm: Pizza Night!
Sat Nov 29, 10 am to 3 pm: Christmas Farmer’s Market, Quesnel (at the Rec Centre)

We had a very successful debut at the Williams Lake Medieval Market last Saturday – over 300 loaves of bread and over 100 scones sold out in the first day of the market. At times the people were 3 deep waiting to buy bread! Tim and I were parched and starving by the time we had a bit of a break – time to get tea, water, some lunch and to look around at all the amazing products the other artisans had for sale. We traded our last loaf – a  Grainy Day – for some chocolates made by the vendor beside us. That’s just how busy we were: me, beside a chocolate vendor, having no time to sample any of their wares until the very end of the day!! People were disappointed to hear we weren’t from Williams Lake – apparently there is a great need for good wood-fired bread in that town.

A brief respite in the mania- time enough to take a single photo. Too bad you don't get to see how fetching Tim looked in his medieval hat and dress (er, tunic).
A brief respite in the mania- time enough to take a single photo. By this time enough loaves have been sold that you can actually see the table! Too bad you don’t get to see how fetching Tim looked in his medieval hat and dress (er, tunic).

The new mixer was a HUGE help in getting ready for the market. In fact, there was no swearing, no fits of temper, and no tears the whole time we were prepping. We might almost know what we are doing.

Baby mixer bowl and Big Daddy mixer!
Baby mixer bowl from the bad ol’ days, and Big Daddy mixer – my new favourite motorized toy!

 

25 kg of sourdough starter. That's a lot of wild yeast and bacteria!
Getting ready for our biggest bake day ever: 25 kg of sourdough starter. That’s a lot of wild yeast and bacteria!

 

Tim in his bakery duds- glasses so he can get the sacks of grain open, ear defenders so the mill doesn't make him deaf. What a hunk!
Tim in his bakery duds – glasses so he can see to get the sacks of grain open, ear defenders so the mill doesn’t make him deaf. What a hunk.

These next three weeks will be a whirlwind of prep for the Christmas Farmer’s Markets in Quesnel – I like to get most of the ingredients ready ahead of time for the specialty breads. One our our new holiday specials is Chocolate Pumperdevil. This is an intensely-flavoured bread made with a bit of rye flour, a LOT of 52′ Stout from the Barkerville Brewery, dark chocolate chunks, coffee (both brewed and ground!), molasses, cocoa – you get the idea. It’s sourdough-leavened as well. It’s a bread that needs to be eaten sitting down. It’s an event all of its own!

Prepping for the Chocolate Pumperdevil loaves.
Prepping for the Chocolate Pumperdevil loaves.

 

Chocolate Pumperdevil! Your new holiday tradition.
Chocolate Pumperdevil! Your new holiday tradition.

 

Roasted Walnut & Fennel Loaf. Your other new holiday tradition.
Roasted Walnut & Fennel loaves. Your other new holiday tradition.

It is officially winter here in Wells. Tim and I went for our first x-country ski today. The conditions were quite amazing for the first ski of the year. I am looking forward to being on skis more than last winter when we were up to our eyeballs in building a bakery. I’ll have some more winter wonderland photos for next Monday’s post.

One thought on “Medieval Market Mania!

  1. OMGosh! What an amazing size difference between the new and old mixers – crazy! No doubt you are feeling quite accomplished taming this new mechanical beast! I think your hunky hubby may have been nipping the 52 ft stout perhaps, while er, “mixing” the bread…?

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