Monday, May 26, 2008

No Market Day

I missed this past Saturday's Farmer's Market due to being out of town.  The original plan was to bake on Friday and have my mother and sister vend for me, but as it happened I was so busy with travel plans that there was no way to get the baking done in the time allotted.  

So far the weather report isn't very friendly for this coming Saturday, but I don't pay too much attention to the forecast until around Wednesday, and even then it can change several times.  

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New Bagel Flavor-Blueberry!

After working out a few kinks in the recipe, I've added blueberry bagels to the list that I'll be making for Saturday's market.  I'll also try sunflower seed as a topping, but I have no idea if the egg wash will hold on the seeds well.  

My only regret with this recipe is that the vanilla didn't seem to do anything to the flavor, because I think Blueberry Vanilla would have been a much cooler name for the bagels.  

Thursday, May 8, 2008

This Week in Bagels

I finally learned what makes pumpernickel what it is as opposed to just being rye.  Pumpernickel uses the entire grain, much like whole wheat.  There is also molasses added to darken it, but that's a side thing.  I'll play with rye and pumpernickel bagels later.  

This week I'm hoping to do a little side project just for fun.  I'll make an extra couple bagels and trade them around the market for ingredients to make bagel bruschetta.  Which means I'll need tomatoes and basil at the very least, probably garlic.  

Sunday, May 4, 2008

State of the Booth

My big accomplishment for this past weekend was an upgrade to my booth structure, and the introduction of a new flavor.  The Cranberry Orange bagels seemed to go over well, and I will definitely make it at least a semi-regular flavor.  

For the booth I made weights for the canopy.  At Home Depot I purchased 4 one gallon paint buckets, four threaded bolts with screws, and a 60 lb bag of cement mix.  In less than an hour I had four buckets filled with cement with a bolt sticking out the middle, which screws onto the foot of each canopy leg.  Even with the aggressive winds yesterday my canopy stayed grounded, unlike a couple of my unfortunate Market mates.  

I am happy to say that I took 6 loaves of bread (white, wheat and rye) and 8 dozen bagels to the market, and came home with less than a dozen.  The market continues to pick up, and greens are now available at various booths.  

This past weekend I was in a nice location between the worm poo guy (natural fertilizer) and Pendleton's.  I have fond memories of when they had corn mazes at their farm.  And as always, it's good to see a few customers who seek me out at the market for their Saturday morning bagel.