Thursday, March 22, 2007

Wild Flour Bread Bakery - Freestone - CA

Fresh out of the Wood Fired Brick Oven...

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Driving along Bohemian Highway in Sonoma on a weekend, just off Highway 1 not too far from Bodega Bay, you can't fail to notice throngs of people hanging out next to a small building to the side of the road. As you fly by the first time, you might notice in your rear view mirror that you've just passed by a Bakery. A Bakery, in the middle of nowhere, with crowds of people outside. It's worth an investigation, surely?

The second time you journey in that direction, you are sure to remember to stop to see what is happening. As you open the door to Wild Flour Bread you are almost knocked out by the strong smell of the goat cheese that flavours a batch of flatbreads that have just come out of the brick oven. You buy one, of course, and nibble on it as you continue on your journey. It floods your car with the scent of freshly baked bread making you feel far more hungry than you really should be.

Wild Flour's breads are hearty, heavy, peasanty, wholesome and all made with sourdough starters - there are no commercial yeasts in this kitchen I was told. It's not really the kind of bread you'd used for a light French-style baguette sandwich, (believe me, Fred tried that later, disaster!), but it is great toasted with a steaming bowl of vegetable soup.

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Wild Flour Bread Bakery - Freestone - CA


  • At 22/3/07 11:02, Blogger Beccy said…

    Looks and sounds delicious Sam

  • At 22/3/07 11:09, Blogger ChrisB said…

    I can almost smell the aroma and I'm having a boring wholemeal pitta with my freshly made vegetable soup.

  • At 22/3/07 20:38, Blogger shuna fish lydon said…

    This place is insane! (In a good way.) It takes them 3 full days to load the oven with enough wood to get the oven hot enough to bake bread without any wood for the weekend!

    I used to love to go in there just to see them rolling out hundred pound batches of raw bread dough.

    Not to mention that that "town" is the size of a breadbox.

  • At 23/3/07 02:40, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If you were going to buy a golf club, you wouldn't walk into a store and buy the first one you see, would you? Of course not; especially if you want to improve your golf game! You'll want to hold the club, take some practice swings, hit some balls if the store has a practice spot, and look at the price, of course. If you are considering buying running shoes, you need to go through a similar process and take the time to find the perfect shoe.

  • At 23/3/07 05:45, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If you find yourself in the area, you should check out Costeaux French Bakery in Healdsburg. I haven't been in an age, but my memories of it are divine.

  • At 23/3/07 05:59, Blogger Freya said…

    I love the rustic way they serve the bread on tables, much different to here in the UK!

  • At 23/3/07 08:13, Blogger Warda said…

    I am in love...with bread. They look so good.

  • At 23/3/07 12:20, Blogger A Few Reservations said…

    Wow. The bread in that shot is gorgeous. It looks almost looks like a table of gourds and pumpkins.

  • At 25/3/07 08:57, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I went here before my appointment at Osmosis, the best spa on earth.

    Entering the place the counter person was on a personal phonecall and refused to acknowledge I wanted to buy something, and I had to wait until SHE was done. The bread prices are so high they make Whole Foods look like Trader Joe's. And then they don't even own a slicer! When I asked if they could slice my bread the woman gave me this weird look and then pulled out a knife indicating she could attempt it. Very very strange.

    The whole thing reeked of what my father used to call members of the TTAA - Tourist Trap Association of America.

    All that said, the bread is truly amazing and I know bread. But why they can't take care of the little things is beyond me, especially at the prices they charge.

  • At 25/3/07 13:53, Blogger Chubbypanda said…

    Panda like.

    There are two, wonderful, artisan bakeries that participate in my local farmers market. I really love their bread. Far superior to anything storebought, including Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.

  • At 25/3/07 20:52, Blogger Tea said…

    I am so glad you stumbled upon Wild Flour, Sam. I love that place (and for the commenter who didn't like the attitude, it's all part of the experience, you just gotta go with it--this is a place that only opens four days a week; they operate by their rules, not ours).

    Their fougasse is my favorite--especially hot from the oven with the cheese all warm and melty. I always try to stop by for some on my way to hiking/camping up along the coast and Russian River.

    Do you know they're in a town of 26 houses and they bake--and sell out of--900 loaves of bread a day, with all bread sold onsite? It's pretty amazing.

  • At 27/6/07 13:16, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A required stop on any trip to Bodega Bay. Each time we pass by on our way from Manteca, we get at least three loaves - one to eat on the road, one to eat with dinner, and one to bring home. So many favorite is the fougasse - melts in your mouth.

  • At 1/8/07 12:15, Blogger SeaJohnCook said…

    I've been enjoying their bread for years. It is created in a real brick bake oven. The mixtures are origional. The sticky buns unique and accompanied with their fresh made coffee. The biscotti is some of the best i have ever had. It is light and crunchy...not thick and dense as most others. It is always worth the trip (even a side trip) to the bakery when in the area.

  • At 1/8/07 12:45, Blogger SeaJohnCook said…

    The Freestone Bakery is work the trip when in the area. i'm not able to pass it up and have been known to make the easy 30 mile side trip to visit. Besides the drive is through some of California's beautiful coastal hills. The bread is fantastic. The biscotti is of the top three i've ever tasted. It is crisp and light not dense and thick as most are. The coffee is fresh and hot. The baked goods are all done in a real brick bake oven. Better than "looks and sounds delicious" IT IS DELICIOUS. JOHN

  • At 10/7/08 03:22, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good Job! :)

  • At 23/9/09 19:04, Anonymous version control geek said…

    Sounds good. Thank you for sharing :)


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