Bread is one of my earliest memories. At 5 years old I remember going grocery shopping with my mom and on the bus ride home eating a fresh Italian style bun, with a flaky crust and soft crumb.
In early adulthood, and many PB&J sandwiches later, the idea of baking my own bread peaked my interest. My mom makes jams but not bread, so I took it on. I read the books, talked to chefs and bakers, watched the videos and consumed as much knowledge as I could while continuously testing out my own bread.
Bread, to me, is more than just the ingredients it is made out of. Bread in one form or another is in almost every culture and dates back several centuries. It is found in every class of society. People share bread with their neighbours and bond over it. To me, bread is another way I can connect with my community. With people. It is such a simple act but can represent an everlasting connection.
“Companion” in Latin loosely translates to “With” “Bread”
In 2013, the first summer of the Yellowknife Farmers Market, With Bread made its debut and has grown ever since. Find out where you can find With Bread here.
In the early days, we admit we didn’t know much about bread baking and made many of our loaves with commercial yeast, sugar, and oil. Not having a bakery in Yellowknife, we really had nothing to come pair too. Eventually, our desired to develop a sustainable product that is naturally leavened and better for you led us to shift to more of our products using a sourdough culture rather than commercial yeast.