Thursday February 24, 2011
If you ever find yourself near Sebastopol, Ca. in a little town called Freestone then make sure to check out Wild Flour Bread Bakery and enjoy some amazing breads right out of the wood fired brick oven. My family and I make a yearly drive into Sonoma County just to visit this great little find hidden in a bend in the road. When you walk in the shop you immediately sense that you are somewhere special. The aroma of yeasty bread baking in a wood fired brick oven, and the sight of all the bread piled high in front for all to see is just the beginning. They also make crunchy biscotti that are full of tasty treats like crystallized ginger with almonds or chocolate hazelnut and beautiful scones with unique, balanced flavors.
My children’s favorite is the cinnamon sticky bread, loaded with raisins, walnuts and not too sweet cinnamon gooeyness. They seem to fold the dough around this filling so you end up with chunks of yeast bread surrounded with just the right amount of filling. My personal favorite is the goat cheese, green onion flat bread. The slight tang of the goat cheese is very satisfying and the green onion adds a hint of bite. They also offer coffee and tea so it is a great place to stop in for a snack and a bag full of bread to journey home with.
If you venture outside around the back you can explore a secret garden for all to enjoy with chickens, white pony and goats to to boot. They have used the land in such a rustic and useful way that it really feels that you have stepped into a private Tuscan garden. They have fruit, vegetables and flowers growing in beautiful harmony with the animals comfortably nestled in here and there.
Once you have spent your senses on the bread, nature and farm animals walk around to the other side of the bakery and stop into the little antique shop. I have to admit that I can not remember the name but you can’t miss it because it is the only other business near by. They have a lot of fun things inside and when we are there, usually in December, they have a bunch of interesting hats inside and outside the store to try on and they are very reasonable so it’s easy to splurge.
My next trip up I am planning to check out a new restaurant up the road in Occidental, known as Barley and Hops. I read a review about them online and it looks impressive. They’re located at 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental, Ca 95465. The contact number is (707) 874.9037.
Drop me a comment if you get there first.