Monday, January 7, 2013

Artisan Bread Fundraiser for Alsea Food Bank

Photo by Nancy Chandler

The Alsea Valley Voice came out this week, mailed to everyone in the valley, and in it is the announcement that I will be making artisan bread all month to be sold at John Boys Alsea Mercantile with all proceeds from the bread to go to the Alsea Valley Food Bank.  I delivered three loaves the other day, crossing my fingers that they would sell, and they sold at once.  So I made six more yesterday and delivered them this morning.  By midafternoon all were sold and other people were coming in asking for more, so I'll be baking again tomorrow.  It's fun, I like the creativity of making each batch a little different and the kitchen smells so danged good.

It's so great that Alsea has it's own food bank and people don't have to go over the mountain to get food help.  If you don't have money for food, gas money is a challenge too.  I like to do a fundraiser for the food bank every year and last year we did a wonderful bake sale that raised almost $600, keeping the food bank going for the month of January.  Everyone I called pitched in and baked such wonderful stuff that we sold on December 23rd.  This year there were lots of bake sales in front of the Merc all during December so I decided to do something different.  Thanks to everyone for supporting this effort and I will try to keep up with the demand!  We may not make as much all together, but so far we are at $30 and I will keep mixing and kneading and baking as fast as I can!