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Producer Visit : Langley Loaves

Today we visited Ruth Shercliff of Langley Loaves to see her purpose-built wood fuelled bakery oven in full swing making ‘Real Bread’.

Fresh Real Brread

Fresh Real Brread

Ruth has been baking since 2009 when she was inspired by the training of Andrew Whitley, Co-founder of ‘The Real Bread Campaign’. She is the primary baker for Food4MaccDirect and also bakes for local customers in and around Sutton and Langley. On a baking day Ruth lights the oven about 4am, letting the heat die down to about 2-300 degrees C before she commences. The burnt wood is removed and the oven stays hot all day with up to 80 loaves or 115 smaller items being produ

Everyone got samples to try.

Everyone got samples to try.

Ruth uses as local and minimal ingredients as possible, with the stone ground flour from Walk Mill near Waverton. She explained how ‘shop bought’ breads can have up to 17 ingredients including preservatives and flavourings, but ‘Real Bread’ is based only on just Flour, Salt, Yeast,Water and then natural ingredients like herbs and grains for specific flavours. PICT0461

The samples of sourdough and wholemeal bread that we tried were delicious and we all went away with a fresh loaf still warm from the oven. Many thanks to Ruth and Tim for their hospitality (and the bread!).

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Fighting through the snow

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Despite the terrible conditions last Thursday we managed to get orders out to 99% of our customers. Not only did our volunteers battle with the westher so did our producers and we are very grateful to all those who went above and beyond to make sure all of the fresh produce got distributed.

Hopefully this his week will be slightly less fraught and we can get all our delicious food to the right homes without to much fuss.

Thanks to everyone for their patience, support and ongoing custom.

From

The whole Food4MaccDirect Team