I’m No Vegan
Vegan is a horrible word. It conjures up ill-conceived versions of dishes that are missing key ingredients, which have been replaced by unspeakable substitutions. It also conjures up the people who not only eat, but also enjoy such comestibles.
It’s a stereotype to be sure, but it exists for a reason.
That said, my favorite Cuban black bean recipe just happens to be vegan. So does my favorite sliced sandwich bread. I even honestly liked a bastardized version of baked ziti that conformed to the stereotype above.
But getting back to bread for a minute. The pre-sliced loaves I enjoy almost daily have just four ingredients: whole wheat flour, water, salt and yeast. It’s not trying to eat vegan, it just turned out that way. And frankly, up until today I never even considered it.
I mention all of this because there is a new local venture ramping up that is exciting despite the fact that it is largely vegan.
What I like about All Good Bakers is its commitment to baking with integrity. While “commitment” and “integrity” are words that can be a bit squishy, here is what the bakery has to say about what it does:
All Good uses local and organic ingredients at every possible turn and we strongly believe in sourcing all of our materials in a sustainable way. We will be using organic flours; local and organic milk, buttermilk, eggs, maple syrup and honey; fair-trade, organic sugars; unsalted European butter, aluminum-free baking powder and kosher salt.
Now if you are astute, you will notice that All Good Bakers isn’t entirely a vegan bakery. And in my mind, that’s a good thing. A while back, I made a commitment to highlight local restaurants that are using ingredients of exceptional quality. Even though officially All Good isn’t a restaurant I think they qualify under this initiative.
Right now you can buy their bread and sweet treats at the Delmar Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. But what about in winter? And what if Delmar seems like a million miles away from Albany?
There’s an answer. Actually, there are two. But one of them isn’t for everyone.
The answer with broader appeal involves becoming a member of All Good’s Community Supported Bakery. You can buy a share, or two, or three which entitles you to a weekly lot of goods for 26 weeks between November and April.
Each share will set you back $156 which translates to $6 per week. And for that you get to choose either one of their five regular loaves, one of their six specialty loaves or one of five lots of baked goods. What is especially nice is that you can choose a different item every week.
It will be winter, and I know that rustic wholesome bread goes really well with the hearty soups and stews that are so sustaining throughout the season. But you might also want a little treat—after all, swimsuit season is way off in the distance—so let’s talk about the baked goods for a moment.
You can choose four bialys, three croissants, two large seasonal muffins, two medium seasonal scones or two large vegan cinnamon buns. When I went to Delmar on Saturday to meet the bakers, I had hoped to try the croissants, but they had sold out of them in about an hour. They did give me a taste of the vegan cinnamon buns. And I have to say that is a very tasty pastry considering it has no butter. Should I need to go back on my draconian anti-cholesterol regime, these will be a welcome treat in the drudgery of my diet.
I should note the deadline for sign up is October 24. There is a Wednesday evening pickup location in Delmar and one in Albany. So if you are interested, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now the even less conventional way of getting this bakery’s goods involves home delivery by bike. Yes, some brave intrepid souls are committing to bring you bread and soup and salad on a weekly basis through all weather by bicycle or if necessary by sled. Currently this program has a more limited trading zone. Specifically the:
12054 zip code in Delmar, though we are already looking at a Slingerlands route, and it may also be extended with sufficient interest to a wider area such as Glenmont, the near side of Albany, or elsewhere bike delivery might work.
This is seriously awesome. And when Mrs. Fussy found out about it, she positively lit up. Hopefully some of my readers live in Delmar and can take advantage of this service and report back. We can’t wait to see how it all works out.