Band of Bakers

After rolling in the dough and making new friends at the Kneading Conference, the Maine Grain Alliance put out a challenge to bake bread for all the volunteers of the 2013 Common Ground Country Fair. In previous fairs they would get…

Kneading Conference & Artisan Bread Fair

Inspiring. Motivating. Delicious. These are my three take-aways from the Maine Grain Alliance 2013 Kneading Conference and Artisan Bread Fair in Skowhegan, Maine. Much like the NOFA Organic Farming Winter Conference, this was a gathering of kindred spirits bonded around common…

The Fermentation Arts

I know this blog is called ADK Farmer Dan, but honestly,  I’m just here farming ideas. Luckily my main creative outlet has been the continued experimentation in the fermentation arts. This weekend was bottling our latest five gallon batch of…

All You Need is Good Bread

Direct from the oven, you can hear the loaves crackle as they rest on a rack exuding a roasted caramel-like aroma. Our local pastor, with some soft, creamy butter, can easily enjoy a tasty loaf like this as his simple…
Artisan bread loaves

Artisan Bread Oven Considerations

Kimmy and I took a class in Tuscany last May with the Artisan Bread School where we made sourdough, focaccia, ciabatta, grissini and several other styles of bread. Now it’s time to start thinking about designing our own wood-fired oven.