MMB: SOIL TO SOURDOUGH
Back in Spring 2020 I saw an opportunity to get involved in something pretty unique.
An opportunity to have our very own MMB field of heritage wheat grain grown and then milled on our behalf, just half an hour away from Saffron Walden at Duchess Farms. It would then be delivered to MMB by the sack load ready for us to turn into the most incredible, interesting, flavoursome sourdough.
In order to do this I needed to raise £3000 for the Duchess Farms crowdfunder. They needed a de-huller and a mill to mill their own grain, which to date was being milled off site. If I raised £3000 for them then MMB could get a field of wheat in return.
But I couldn't do this on my own. And actually I didn't want to. I thought the more people that I can get involved in this the more people will learn about a new way of farming that could ultimately influence the way we all source our food, not just our bread. At the very least they would get more excited about where the flour used to make their MMB sourdough comes from.
So I set up an MMB crowdfunder to get others involved, without any idea whether they would get as excited as I did about this opportunity.
48 hours later I had my answer; we had raised £3000. It was incredible. And money was still coming in. A week later we had raised enough to secure TWO fields of MMB grain. People, it seemed, were equally excited.
And so the MMB: Soil to Sourdough journey began. Over the next year and half we witnessed the whole process from start to finish, with visits to the farm and regular updates on how the team at Duchess Farms were progressing with 'our' fields of grain.
The project came full circle by Autumn 2021 and in November 2021 we took receipt of the first batch of Lys Brun heritage grain flour. Each crowdfunder received a 1kg bag of this flour plus a loaf of bread baked with the flour at MMB as a thank you for their support.
What an adventure!
If you missed the chance to be one of the members of this project you can still read more about it in the newsletters I sent round during its progress, below:
Click here for the December 2021 newsletter
Click here for the September 2021 newsletter
Click here for the April 2021 newsletter
(includes details of dates for the Duchess Farms visits)
Click here for the February 2021 newsletter
Click here for the September 2020 newsletter
We still use the flour grown in our MMB fields in our bread every week and hope to continue buying flour from Duchess Farms, supporting their regenerative agriculture processes, for as long as we can.