Woodland's Dinner on Main

Juan Barajas of Woodland's Savory Café dropped off some flour samples for us at Saturday's Davis Farmers Market, courtesy of David Kaisel and Capay Mills. We'll be doing some test bakes in the next day or so, to prepare for next Sunday's Woodland Dinner on Main

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Last year, David brought us a sac of his Chiddam Blanc de Mars hard white wheat flour and we made a few racks of whole grain épi loaves for the dinner. Épis are not something we usually make, but we wanted to provide something versatile, easy to break apart, and with a nice crust.

David's flour made for a really aromatic dinner bread and it was easy to pair with lots of different flavors and cuisines. Plus, the épis look really nice on the table. The feedback was pretty positive, so we'll probably do something similar this year.

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We're honored and proud to be involved with Woodland Dinner on Main again this year. It's a great event; a celebration of Yolo County and the local agriculture that is an integral part of our community and heritage, as well as a benefit for local ag-focused non-profits.   

The Jewish Food Faire and Solomon's Rye

The Sacramento Jewish Food Faire is coming up this Sunday, and we're really honored to play a part. In fact, the Faire is kind of the coming out party for Solomon's Real Rye, which we've developed along with the fabulous team behind Solomon's Delicatessen.

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We've spent a good chunk of this year perfecting the formula for Solomon's Real Rye. It's a traditional "corn rye" loaf with whole caraway, and it's sure to hit all the marks when you bite into your first Solomon's corned beef or pastrami.

As you probably know, Solomon's (named for Tower Records founder Russ Solomon) is the traditional New York-style deli that will be opening early next year on K Street, just outside of the Golden 1 Arena. The project is being led by a who's-who list of Sacramento entrepreneurs and restauranteurs, as well as some of the women behind the annual Jewish Food Faire.

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In addition to Solomon's Real Rye, you will be able to pick up some of Solomon's Challah and Solomon's Onion Rolls at the Faire, to preview more of the exclusive line we've developed with them. And yes, the challahs will be the traditionally round variety, for Rosh Hashanah. We're also making Cheesecakes, Honey Cakes, and Hamentashen that will be available at the Faire.

Identity Preserved

We're lucky enough to live right in the middle of one of the most fertile, productive agricultural regions in the world. This privilege is not lost on us. We're constantly working to ensure that we source whatever ingredients we can locally. We use flours that are milled just up the road in Woodland, using Sacramento Valley-grown wheat, and a wide range of other ingredients that we've procured from the friends we've made at the more than 40 farmers markets we serve.

That's why we call ourselves a "farm-to-oven" bakery.

Today, we're going a step further. We're working with Oakland-based Community Grains to provide Identity Preserved whole grain bread for this year's Tower Bridge Dinner

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From Community Grains' own website:

In collaboration with amazing farmers, millers, bakers, and cooks (like you!), we’re pioneering a new way to grow and distribute grain by staying intimately connected to each and every product and telling our customers the whole story — from before the grains are planted, through harvest, storage, and milling.
We call this commitment to full transparency along each point in the supply chain – from seed to table – Identity Preserved.  We believe it’s the key to building a local grain infrastructure that restores and celebrates grain’s vital place in our complex food system.

Community Grains has specified 23 points of identity that include a wealth of information about everything from seed stock and certifications, to soil conditions, biodiversity, milling processes, and beyond. 

What's more is that we'll be baking bread that is 100% Yolo County produced — from farm to oven to dinner table. How cool is that?

 

Whole grain épi loaves for the Tower Bridge

If you're a Sacramento-area foodie, you know that the hottest ticket in town is for the Tower Bridge Dinner. Around 800 folks are going to get to sample the fare from six of the city's star chefs in this gala celebration, and this year (for the first time) we'll be providing the bread.

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Diners will get to eat our whole grain épi loaves, much like the loaves we prepared for last year's Woodland Dinner on Main (our own Yolo County gala dinner). 

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In French, épi means "ear" (as in an ear of corn) or "spike", and the loaves are basically baguettes that are cut to resemble wheat stalks with spiky little ears. It's a yummy, crusty bread that's easy to break apart and share. Plus, it looks really nice on the table. 

Farm Fresh to You Adds Baked Goods from Davis's Upper Crust Baking Co.

Davis and West Sacramento, CA, June 12, 2017 — The Upper Crust Baking Co. announced today that it now offers baked goods through Farm Fresh To You (www.farmfreshtoyou.com), a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and home and office delivery service that provides fresh, local, organic produce and farm products to customers’ doorsteps.

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Farm Fresh To You will now carry four products from The Upper Crust Baking Co.: Birdseed bread (a nine-grain walnut raisin loaf), challah (a sweet egg braid similar to a French brioche), almond biscotti, and whole grain oatmeal raisin cookies.

“We are very excited to be included in the Farm Fresh To You delivery service,” said Upper Crust Baking Co. general manager Lorin Kalisky. “We use locally sourced ingredients from Yolo County and Northern California, so our baked goods are a natural extension of the local produce and farm products offered by Farm Fresh To You.”

”Growing up at the Davis Farmers Market, the market my parents co-founded, I always visited Upper Crust’s market stand for a treat,” said Thaddeus Barsotti, farmer and co-CEO, Farm Fresh To You and Capay Organic. “We are so pleased to be able to carry Upper Crust products in our Farm Fresh To You boxes, expanding our offerings to include delicious bread and cookies.”

About The Upper Crust Baking Co.

Now in its 31st year, The Upper Crust Baking Co. is a second-generation family business that remains one of the region’s premier artisan bakeries as well as one of its oldest. With a presence at more than 40 Northern California farmers markets, the bakery has established unique links to many communities, farms, and agricultural producers in Northern California. The Upper Crust Baking Co. offers a wide variety of unique and award-winning breads as well as a few sweet things, and sources local ingredients and supports Yolo County and Northern California agriculture whenever possible. 

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About Farm Fresh To You

Founded in 1992, Farm Fresh To You delivers produce to major metropolitan areas in California – the San Francisco Bay Area, the greater Sacramento region, greater Los Angeles, and Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties. Farming since 1976, this second-generation family business pioneered the organic food movement and is owned by brothers Noah Barnes and Thaddeus and Freeman Barsotti. The company is connecting communities and sustainable farms through a transparent food system that enables consumers to know their farmer and where their food is grown.

For more information, please contact us

A little bit about our bakery

Trudy and Mo Kalisky are native New Yorkers who came to Davis, California as graduate students in 1970. It didn't take long for the couple to realize that there wasn't a decent loaf of bread to be had in the (then-) rural Central Valley town.

Mo began baking French-style baguettes at home, bringing an academically scientific experience to bear upon the age-old traditions of bread-baking. For years, Mo continued to experiment with new formulas, processes and techniques. By the mid-1980s, the entrepreneurial couple rented a small facility and started delivering artisan breads to Davis- and Sacramento-area restaurants and markets. 

Today, The Upper Crust Baking Co. remains one of Northern California’s premier artisan bakeries, as well as one of its oldest. We make a wide variety of unique breads, as well as a few outstanding sweet things. 

We bake with local ingredients and support local agriculture in Yolo County and Northern California. Our flours are milled just up the road in Woodland, using wheat from the Sacramento Valley. We use Mariani nuts from Winters, local honey, and Ghirardelli chocolate. Our sourdough levain is from a pure strain of Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis sourced from the UC Davis Food Science and Technology department. 

Our birdseed bread won a national award for best raisin bread. And if you like cheesecake, our recipe is straight from the Claremont Diner in Montclair, New Jersey — the same cheesecake that was on the menu at New York's famous Carnegie Deli.    

You can find our products (and sometimes Trudy and Mo, their children, or their grandchildren) at farmers markets throughout Northern California.