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Wednesday
Mar092011

CakeSpy Undercover: Breadfarm, Bow, WA 

They say (and by "they" I mean "I") that bad things happen when you leave the city.

However, I was proven delightfully and deliciously wrong on a recent jaunt outside of the city limits to Bow, WA (I'm slightly embarrassed to admit I don't know how it's pronounced), when I was rewarded with the sweet carbohydratey bliss that is Breadfarm.

First off: Breadfarm. The very word is just gorgeous! I don't know about you, but I find the idea of a Breadfarm far more romantic than the idea of some regular farm with chickens and cows and manure and stuff.

What to expect when you walk in: you will be hit with a wave of warm air redolent of bread baking with a soupcon of something sweet. It's really quite pleasant. You'll see a bunch of hippie-hipster types in the back cutting scones, kneading bread, and mixing batter. This is also quite a pleasant sight.

But there's something even more interesting right in front of you: a gorgeously stocked bakery case, full of homemade bread in various forms: boules, baguettes, buns, and other types that don't start with the letter "b" , in a variety of flavors ranging from the expected hippie wheat and multigrain to more unexpected flavors like apple, ginger raisin or fig anise. But even more importantly, there are plenty of sweet treats. Breadfarm boasts a full baked good menu including Babka, cupcakes in chocolate and gingerbread, and an impressive array of cookies. 

The spy selections included a variety of said cookies: a peanut butter sandwich cookie, a cacao nib cookie, and a Fredonia Fig Bar.

The peanut butter was the favorite of the bunch, with a crisp, peanut buttery crunch on the outside giving way to a soft and creamy peanut butter filling. Lightly salty and nicely buttery, this cookie was definitely a winner.

The cacao nib cookie was also quite nicely appointed: crisp on the edges, soft on the inside, and with a unique, nutty-buttery-slightly bittersweet chocolatey flavor from the nibs. Nom. Above, it is pictured with what appears to be a lightpost with a sweater knitted around it (how sweet!).

The Fredonia Fig bar was tasty, but erred slightly more toward health food territory in this spy's opinion, falling somewhere between a granola bar and fig newton. I would say this would be an excellent breakfast cookie, but fell a little short for mid-day sugar cravings.

Breadfarm, 5766 Cains Court, Bow WA; online at breadfarm.com.

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Reader Comments (6)

Okay, I'm so putting this on my destination list. Love the idea of a breadfarm too!! Thank you for opening my eyeballs to new bakery destinations!
March 9 | Unregistered Commenterkickpleat
Just because I double checked, their website claims that they are in the "small village of Edison, WA" rather than Bow (like on top of a present.) Lovely destination. If you are sticking to I-5 without time for the detour, the Skagit Valley Food Coop in Mt. Vernon carries some of their products.
March 9 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie
Breadfarm is THE BEST. The rosemary rolls are to die for! I have driven up to Edison JUST FOR BREADFARM. The little handmade shop down the street is super cute too :)
March 9 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Rose
Bow is a very sweet little town...I had my art up at the Edison Eye gallery there years ago...looks like I need to get up there again soon and head to the Breadfarm!
March 10 | Unregistered CommenterToni Yuly
I grew up in Seattle and have never heard of Bow OR Breadfarm....can't wait to head there on my next trip up! Those baked goods look delicious!
March 15 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia
Bow is pronounced "BOH" -- this guide to the pronunciation of Washington state place names has been helpful in not sounding like I'm totally clueless: http://www.ap.org/washington/pron.html
March 17 | Unregistered Commenterwhat_now

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