By Mary Pratt
Saratoga Farmers’ Market has diverse bread vendors – Argyle Cheese Farmer, Kokinda Farm, Night Work Bread, and Parchment Baking Company.
Dave Randles’ family has owned their farm since 1860. He and his wife, Marge, started their Cheese House in 2007. In addition to their delicious yogurt, cheese, and smoothies, Argyle Cheese Farmer brings bread to the farmers’ market. They save whey, a leftover liquid after milk has been curdled, for the liquid they need to make bread.
Their loaves of bread include Homemade Cheese Bread with their grated cheese, and Honey Oat Bread, for making grilled cheese sandwiches.
Laurie Kokinda joined the market 25 years ago. Kokinda Farm’s products include jams, jellies, veggies, eggs, and bread. She uses King Arthur organic flour for her yeast bread.
Most recently, she brought Cinnamon Raisin Bread to the farmers’ market. In addition, she makes Honey Oat Bread and Honey Whole Wheat Bread with local honey from Rich Green’s Ballston Lake Apiaries. Laurie will return to the summer market.
One of the farmers’ market’s newest vendors, Night Work Bread, is run by Cindy Rosenberg and Leigh Rathner. In addition to their sourdough bread, their products include scones, pies, cookies, and babka. They joined the Market in May 2021 and will continue this summer. Their local ingredients include King Arthur Flour, Elihu Farm’s eggs, and honey from Ballston Lake Apiaries.
Their bread at the farmers’ market includes Midnite Rye, Garlic Artichoke, Olive, Focaccia, and Seeded Country. Their old-world techniques include fermenting the dough for 16 hours with wild yeast.
Another new bread vendor is Parchment Bread. Isabel Burlingham said her mother’s Scandinavian family traditions inspire their baked goods. She uses her ancestors’ recipes with fresh and local organic ingredients, such as organic flour from Champlain Valley and Farmer Ground.
Their Rugbrød is a dense rye-based sourdough. Julekaker is a yeasted brioche-style bread with cardamom, crystallized ginger, and raisins. The butter and organic eggs used in this bread are both locally sourced. Their Kardemummabullar, or Bullar for short, are yeasted cardamom rolls made with local butter. Seasonally they make Hvidt Brød and Limpa, both with yeast.
This week’s recipe: Simple Bread Pudding