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Big day at Smittybread

The moment of truth arrives. It’s one thing to talk about artisan bread and another to deliver.

First thing out the gate getting ready for the West Lafayette Farmers Market: my starter was so happy it spilled all over the dining room table

These three loaves of multi-grain rye sourdough bread represent the first bake for my first ever farmers’ market June 3, 2015, in West Lafayette, Ind. I was pleased they turned out so well and they must have brought me luck: I completely sold out of bread within a couple of hours. (Photo by David “Smitty” Smith)

Farmers market, here I come

  A couple of weeks ago I put in my application to be a vendor at the West Lafayette Farmers Market. This afternoon I received great news: my application has been accepted!

I’m thrilled, and a little terrified. Working with sourdough (real sourdough, not some additive) is unlike baking most kinds of breads. Store-bought yeast is a hybrid, bred to give a predictable result.

Natural yeast, so to speak, has a life of its own. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out it surprises you — usually not in a good way. So, saying you are going to show up with armfuls  of loaves at a certain time and actually doing it can be very different.

And then there’re the usual questions: Will anyone like my product, is it priced right, will I bring too much or not enough? (My hunch is you can’t go wrong bringing more than enough, whereas sitting there with nothing to sell would be painful.)

I can’t wait. There are many things on the to-do list between now and Wednesday, including fine-tuning a production schedule, putting together a presentable booth, deciding what to bake and what to leave out, procuring bags and shelves and labels. And that’s just for starters (rim shot).

The West Lafayette Farmers Market is open 3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 3065 N. Salisbury St. See you there.