Finding Real Sourdough: Am I a Purist?


We used to live in an area that had deep real food roots. The farmer’s market was huge and there were several in the area. Farmers came in from all around to sell their goods to grocers, restaurants, and home cooks. I took my baby and toddling sons – now 6 & 8 – to a farmer’s co-op every Friday to pick up fresh meat, milk, eggs, and any produce they had. I knew most of those farmers by name.

At those Friday co-op pickups we also used to be able to source sourdough bread from a local artisan baker. Rye or whole wheat, these were tangy and dense and nourishing loaves. He even taught a sourdough class I attended one evening when I first started baking with sourdough.

We now live in a more rural area, ironically, and I’ve found it very difficult to find real food. We’re producing more of our own, but those artisan producers and small farmers are sorely missed. I’ve looked everywhere in our area for real, true sourdough bread and I’ve yet to find it. Maybe I have too high of standards, but those loaves and bags claiming sourdough on the label just aren’t it.

Here’s what I’m looking for…


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