Category Archives: Artisan Bread

Oven Building at Running Stone Bread

Fresh from the 2016 Grain Growers Conference, I got the opportunity to view and lend a hand on the build of a special oven. I got to visit Adam Wilson at Running Stone Bread in his new location.   Oven Building in a Shipping Container View this post on Instagram Oven in a shipping container. […]

2016 Grain Growers Conference

In March I attend the 2016 Grain Growers Conference that was held in Essex, VT at the lovely Essex Resort and Spa. As a self-described “bread head” myself I was interested in learning more about this event. Initially I had planned on visiting Elmore Mountain Bread to learn more about their wood-fired bread oven and […]

Einkorn Scones


Einkorn, German for “one grain,” is an ancient wheat domesticated over 10,000 years ago. Compared to modern wheat strains, Einkorn and others ancient grains like Emmer, tend to have lower levels of gluten while still possessing high levels of protein, minerals and antioxidants. With Spring in the air and things moving forward on our bread oven, […]

The Power of Social Finance


Money… No matter how you feel about it, it is a necessary asset in bringing an old farm back to life. But when I received a call from Lauryn at Kiva Zip, I was exposed to the power of social finance and it’s exciting possibilities.   Finding “dough” to build a bread oven Our first […]

Building a Wood-Fired Oven

Building a Wood-Fired Oven

A wood-fired masonry oven, up until now, has been a mysterious and complex creation that seemed unfamiliar for someone with little masonry experience. But on Hurricane Island in Maine I learned first-hand the secrets to building a wood-fired oven. Patrick Manley taught the Masonry Oven Workshop and he really delivered. He is an accomplished mason with over 30 […]

Masonry Oven Building Workshop


So in May this year I’m heading to a Masonry Oven Building Workshop on Hurricane Island off the coast of Rockland, Maine. My wife saw a post from Richard Miscovich on Facebook about it: Join us on Hurricane Island for a 5-day hands-on workshop to build a masonry wood-fired oven, led by Pat Manley and […]

Baking Bread with Local Grains


I first experienced the movement of farmers and bakers getting together to re-create a local grain economy in Skowhegan, Maine. Now a few months later at a workshop entitled “Bread Baking with Locally Grown Grains,” I’ve gained some insight into what baking bread with local grains is all about. Our well-researched and passionate guide on […]