Fundraising Update

July 30th, 2020

How baking went this week and the running total on funds raised.

The month of July was a busy one! I took the first week off (but not really, LOL) for recipe development. I made a recipe for a special loaf - bacon, gouda, chive. The special part? It's smoked, and it takes on an incredible flavor and comes out angel soft! This loaf is time consuming and takes some tricky timing. I will be offering this flavor for the 8/16/20 as a special fundraiser for the Winona Advocacy Center. That weekend, this loaf will be the only one I will be making due to the complexitiy and timing.

So far, the month of July has brought in $393. I have 3 more donations to lockdown this afternoon before I take in this months monetary donations to Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf.

The month of Septmeber, I will be baking a special loaf I will develop for the Winona Country History Center. I will be visiting the archives and digging up old recipes from Winona's past for inspiration. We'll see what I can bake up!

I am trying to figure out the best way to bake and make it time efficient. The dough for weekly Pain au Levain is different than the dough for cinnamon raisin, or for my curry loaf. I may start offering mid week bakes of the Pain au Levain, and the specialty loaves may get dedicated time over the weekend where I have more wiggle room for prep. For example, blending my own spices, slicing and dicing fruit or veg, or perhaps grating cheese (I try and not to use pre-shredded because the melt factor is not the same. It's also a thing to avoid in food photography. I just learned that in the last year.)

In reading the news, I keep seeing how food shelves across the nation are suffering. In Winona, we are doing OK for now, but we need to prepare for what could lie ahead. COVID is going to be around for awhile. It's going to have an impact on people's wallets depending on how unemployment goes, how businesses fair, etc. As a community, we need to look out for one another. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have the support of our community. Thank you for donating money in exchange for loaves. I am learning so much through this process, and meeting people through my sourdough journey. Both online, and in person when you pick up a loaf. Thank you. See you soon!