Community Supported Bakers

Britin & Nick from All Good Bakers sent me an email asking if I’d be willing to spread the word about their new Community Supported Bakery.   They also offered me free samplesYes, please! So, of course I wanted to like them–what a good idea.  You already know that I belong to a CSA, and that occasionally it feels like a time-consuming hobby.  But it’s difficult to imagine feeling burdened by croissants.  Right now I’ve got one and a half heads of cabbage judging me from the refrigerator, and yet my remaining Free Sample cinnamon bun rests easy, confident that someone will consume it before it spoils.

So it was all yummy.  Trust me on this.  Friends know that I’ve received free samples in the past that I declined to mention because I couldn’t endorse them.  Even though other bloggers apparently could hold their noses and write posts and get delightful additional merchandise and giveaway items.  Not like I’m bitter.  Okay, I’m a teensy bit bitter, but perhaps I’m just cranky because I hosted a party for six-year-olds a few hours ago?  It was lovely, thank you–I’ll show you the fairy gardens later.  Meanwhile, back to the bread!  Here’s what I got:

Rustic Italian Bread

The bread was moist and tasty and basic.  Soft instead of crusty, which is good with the kids, because isn’t it irritating when they just poke holes in your baguettes?  We had it with some butter with dinner, but it would have worked great sliced up for sandwiches.  It’s vegan.

Crispy Brown Rice Energy Treats

These funny-looking balls were my personal favorite.  They’re brown rice with peanut butter, maple syrup, seeds, coconut, & chocolate chips.  J and I had the same reaction when we saw them:  we immediately took a bite.  Then J became distracted by the other baked items, but I finished one pretty quickly.  And then I couldn’t stop myself:  I ate the other one as breakfast.  I was thinking about how shameful this was prior to posting, but then I looked at the ingredients list, and maybe it was reasonable.  It’s just a good thing I didn’t receive more of these.

Vegan Cinnamon Buns

The cinnamon buns were tasty.   W kept saying that they were pretty good “for vegan” in a tone of voice which began as insulting (it wouldn’t be the first time) and evolved into admiring.  Yum-a-licious and flaky.  They’re way too huge–that’s a dinner plate that those are sitting on, so you could pretty much divide one between the four of us.  But usually I’m not a huge cinnamon bun fan because I feel sick pretty much as soon as I take a single bite, so these were a lovely version for me.

All Good Bakers is looking for members to join their CSB for a winter membership.  Memberships run 26 weeks from November through April, and pick ups are on Wednesdays from 5-7 pm in Albany or Delmar.  It’s $6 per unit, which is equivalent to, say, one loaf of bread or two cinnamon buns or 4 bialys.  They use organic and local ingredients whenever possible.  When you sign up, you can pre-order your choice of items, and your membership can include 1, 2, or 3 units per week.  If you’re interested, you can email them at allgoodbakers@gmail.com and they’ll send you more detailed information.  They’re also at the Delmar Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.  Sign-up for membership is available until October 24th or they reach their limit, whichever comes first.

5 Comments

  1. Cheri

    Why oh why did I turn down the offer of that cinnamon bun? I was thinking you were offering me the Pillsbury version! Thanks for the info….intriguing!

  2. All Good Bakers

    Katie, I love your take on how our CSB items long to be consumed! I’d have trouble figuring out cabbage myself, but my grandmother did have a fabulous recipe for meatballs, tomato & cabbage soup that our family enjoyed. The weather isn’t supposed to be all that pleasant this Saturday, but we hope you readers will still come visit us at the Delmar Market to try our baking! We’ll have lots of bread (& treats) available and the market is very family-oriented. We look forward to meeting those of you who are interested and are happy to answer any questions you have!

  3. All Good Bakers

    Our Albany pick-up is confirmed! We’ll be at The Women’s Building at 373 Central Ave. (park & enter in rear at 356 Sherman St. between Quail & Ontario – street parking). Wednesdays from 5-7 pm starting November 3 for shareholders! Some folks said they had problems emailing us – if you have to, please visit our Facebook page for our phone number & call. Best & Thanks!

  4. All Good Bakers

    We’ve got 41 shares sold as of the deadline! We need at least 100 to make our kitchen rental viable. We are going to start accepting applications for the CSB on a rolling, pro-rated basis until we hit our mark. If you missed the deadline, you can still join! Just deduct the weeks you’ve missed and get your order form in at least a week in advance so that we can have the proper materials on hand.

    The Delmar Market starts its indoor winter run this Saturday, Oct. 30 – Dec. 15 (Bethlehem Middle School Cafeteria) – there will be lots of local crafters, fall/winter vegetables, grass-fed meat & a warm and friendly atmosphere. Only one of 3 Saturday indoor winter markets close to Albany!

    AGB won’t be there Oct. 30, but we’ll be back in full force the first weekend of Nov. We’ll be baking from our new kitchen space and will have more breads for you to choose from! Hope to see you there.

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