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Smoke Signals is a small bakery outside of Asheville, North Carolina, offering rustic breads and honest pastries. We source 100% of our flour directly from Carolina Ground: a local mill devoted to growing and milling grains from within the Carolinas. We sell our goods at two farmer's markets each week.
T h e B r e a d s:
All of our breads are made using only four ingredients: 100% Carolina Ground flour, water, sea salt & culture. Culture refers to our leavening: a dynamic combination of water, flour and wild yeast. Naturally leavened breads offer distinct flavors, textures and a range of health benefits we find unique and exciting. Made with care, each loaf is mixed and shaped by hand and then fermented for several hours at cool temperatures. Once ready, our breads are baked on a 500 degree hearth resulting in a poetic crumb and rugged crust.
Due to our commitment to Carolina Ground flours, In February of 2013, we were named Carolina Ground's showcase bakery. Smoke Signals has become the leavened, breathing example of quality Carolina flours and we're deeply honored.
T h e P a s t r y :
Our pastries are made using refined flour, organic butter, fresh eggs and seasonal fruits and veggies. We specialize in tart dough and rustic cookies. All our pastry lamination and ingredient preparation is done by hand. Smoke Signals veggies and eggs are sourced entirely through Paper Crane Farm. We love having access to the freshest ingredients and you can taste the difference in each bite.
W h a t w e n e e d :
We are raising money to purchase our very own deck oven! An oven is an essential tool for the baker. While we do all of our work entirely by hand, we simply can't bake the bread by hand!
We've been baking for two local farmer's markets utilizing an oven in our town's pizza shop. Without the generosity of this modern-day communal oven we would have never gotten this far. Yet demand for our breads has caused us to grow beyond the capacity of a shared hearth. This purchase will allow us to meet the greater craving for our products, have more flexibility with production and also grant us the power to explore new breads and pastry goodies.
The size and (relative) mobility of a small to medium deck oven allows us to place it in our home and bake a variety of different items. As the bakery grows we have the option of adding more decks and/or using it in combination with other ovens.
A gently used oven in good working condition costs between $3,000 and $4,000. The remaing money will go towards getting the oven ventilated, hooked up to gas and getting our home ready for an NCDA kitchen inspection. (Here in North Carolina a bread baker is able to produce their goods from home with the passing of a kitchen inspection by a food regulation specialist.)
T h e B a k e r :
Tara Jensen has been baking professionally for over eight years. Her twenties found her traveling from coast to coast learning the trade from some gifted teachers in a handful of fantastic bakeries. Most notably, Red Hen Baking in Middlesex, Vermont and Farm & Sparrow in Candler, North Carolina. Smoke Signals is her first solo venture as baker, pastry maker, veggie grower, miller, delivery gal and market vendor. Using her skills as a visual artist to aid her in the kitchen, she prefers to think of the bakery as a living entity that combines food, writing and photography.
R e w a r d s :
We love making bread, but we also love making rewards for our supporters!
$5 > A hand crafted thank you note sent to you with love.
$25 > A special thank you card and a custom print of our howling wolf logo.
$50 > A limited edition Smoke Signals t-shirt & our rye shortbread cookie recipe.
$100 > A hand painted Smoke Signals canvas tote with two of our breads baked just for you and a one-of-a-kind t-shirt.
$200 > Get a bread share! This selection awards you a $150 credit/share with the bakery to spend with us at our Asheville City Market location over the course of our 2013 market season. The tab activates in May & expires at the end of the season in December. Only available locally.
$500 > Let's do some baking together! Get our T-shirt and bag along with a baking class for you and 2 of your closest friends. Learn pie crust basics or how to make naturally leaved breads. We'll bake some of what we make and have a little party. And, of course, a special stenciled loaf made just for you.
$1,000 > I will create a loaf of bread in your honor with your name and personality, host a baking class for you and 2 of your friends AND cater a pancake breakfast for you and 5 guests on our farm!
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Risks and challenges
Having been a baker for a number of years prior to Smoke Signals, I am confident that I can face any challenge with a clear head and hard earned experience. Our biggest challenge lies in the co-ordination of events from when we purchase the oven to getting it up and running in it's new home. We are lucky to have the sworn support of a some great mechanical and technical assistance should we need it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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