On the day after Thanksgiving, I invite us to connect once again with gratitude for the wonderful food we all shared yesterday, as well as for the farmers who grew this food for us. One of our goals at Dr. Cowan’s Garden is to help small farms become Demeter-certified (the organization that certifies biodynamic farms). This not only supports the Demeter label world wide, but it also ensures that the farms that supply our produce maintain the highest standards possible.
Today’s short video features Red Range Farm in western Pennsylvania. This husband-and-wife team grows the peppers that become our beautiful, flavorful Pepper Salt. They also grow Honeynut Squash for our Winter Squash and Threefold Sweet powders. By providing a steady market to them, we have helped them take steps toward obtaining Demeter certification. With your support, we can change and regenerate our farms and our lands one farm at a time.
Tom Cowan, M.D.
Now that you know how to create your own sourdough starter, it’s time to make your first loaf of bread. Make sure your starter has been “fed” consistently for at least a few days beforehand. You will also need some sort of baking vessel, such as a combo cooker or a Dutch oven; a large bowl; bench knife or dough scraper; and a razor for scoring. Once you are ready to begin, make a rough bake plan, either written down or just in your head.
From the beginning of Dr. Cowan's Garden four years ago, we wanted to establish close relationships with organic and Biodynamic farms. Additionally, we have had a vision of sustainable farming that could be realized only by thinking “local” and “small.”
To that end, as we shared in March, we helped Redrange Farm in Pennsylvania achieve Demeter certification.