Happy spring! This season on the farm will be filled with growing grain and baking bread (and we are still planning for on-farm pizza nights) but sadly, we will not be growing produce for sale this year. And, we’ve decided to not do the Saturday Great Falls Farmer’s Market this year either.
As many of you know, our farm-to-loaf bakery, Blue Truck Bread, has grown exponentially in the last two years and at the same time, growing vegetables where we live and farm has proven to be trying, to say the least. The last two seasons, our fresh produce crops were contaminated with herbicides not approved for use on crops like ours, rendering them inedible and unsalable. The ordeal was extremely difficult on our farm and on our family and we just cannot stomach the risk of going all in and losing it all again.
Never ones to give up or hang our heads, though, when we first learned that our vegetable crops were contaminated two years ago, (but not our garlic or grain crops, which are on the other side of the farm) we doubled down on the bakery as a way to continue farming *and* continue feeding good food to our community. That has turned out to be a great push, even if it was uncomfortable at the time.
Flash forward to today, when Jacob is baking 400-500 loaves of gorgeous, sourdough bread each week for local outlets. You can now find Blue Truck Bread at 2J's Fresh Market (105 Smelter Ave NE, Great Falls, MT) and Electric City Coffee (319 Central Avenue, Great Falls, MT) and on the menu at Beef N Bone steakhouse in Ulm, The Block Bar and Grill, 5th and Wine, and Morning Light Coffee Roasters.
The bakery, and the growing of the grain and the managing of the rest of the farm, demands most, if not all, of our attention these days (and Courtney is now full time at UM, teaching writing), so we’ve decided to not do Farmer’s Market this year. We’ve been doing markets for 10 years and while we have truly loved the connections we’ve made, the friends we see and the community-building of the market, our bodies, minds and children would love to have our summer weekends back while we, and our family, are relatively young.
If you’d like to special order bread for on-farm pick up, shoot us a note via email or text (406) 531-4794 and we can arrange pick up.
(If you have a farm share, please check your email about refund options. Or, shoot us an email email@example.com for more information.)
We have been so very grateful for the support so many of you have given this family and this farm over the years. Some of you have been with us since our first season in 2009 and that is no small thing to us. You’ve become so much more than customers. You’ve become friends and our community. We sincerely hope the community and friendship continues as our farm and business pivots to new directions.