Everytime I go to the Caulfield markets, this is generally the first place I stop. Luckily for me, they are still in the first section of the row of stalls when you enter the markets, as they were when the Caulfield markets was at its old stomping grounds, five minutes away, not too long ago.
If you don't pick up a loaf of bread here first, you can almost bet on the fact that they would more than likely have run out by the time you come around again.
I spoke to Ric who was manning the stall on this day and the most interesting thing for me was the fact that all this beautiful bread is made with no oil. Its just salt and flour, its very basic, and its all in the way its made and it has to do with the fermentation process.
Made from Australia's finest wholegrain flours, sea salt and filtered water, they add no sugars, oils or baker's commercial yeast. Their focus is to produce traditional breads that people enjoy baking and eating.
With their slower fermentation process, it aids our digestion and helps us absorb important minerals and vitamins. Bonus, it tastes great as well.
Slower fermentation allows time for the beneficial bifidobacteria and lactobacilli to fully develop
Hope Farm is family owned organic gourmet Sourdough Bakery and they produce genuine European-style breads along with scones, muffins and fruit breads. I was just happy to see a loaf of bread made out of Spelt flour.
Ric apologised that the bread would not look as good wrapped in plastic, for pictures. As Master Chef would say, it comes down to taste, so they're still winning. At least wrapped in plastic we can be assured there is no dust flying onto them and no one is breathing germs over them when we are buying the bread. Thumbs up to that.
Check out their web page and like them on Facebook to find out where they are going to be next. They sell mainly at markets but you can also buy their bread online (they naturally have a longer shelf life) and at many retail outlets as listed on their webpage.
The next time you are at a restaurant exclaiming how wonderful the bread is; it most likely came from Hope Farm, who also supply to many restaurants. As I said, read all about it on their webpage where they freely share a lot of information about sourdough and bread making in a true Christian spirit. Enjoy !
Loveliest people you could ever meet who love what they do. It shows in the taste in the baking of their products. I have known Ric and the others for years and years and the photo of Ric and his smiling face like in the photo is just how Ric looks all the time and the others do tool
bread made with love would have to taste delicious. It does too!