Bread. It's a staple food, especially considering our society was propelled by the type of agriculture that produced the ingredients to make bread. Nowadays, however, it is rare to find real bread. Sure, you can make it at home from scratch (which is quite a fun activity -- the making and the eating), but that is not something most people have time to fit into their weekly routine. So they find themselves at the grocery store, buying what they have been made to think is bread. Brands like Sara Lee and even Nature's Own (whose name is very deceiving) advertise themselves as traditional bread; some bread companies go as far to promote themselves as healthy, with phrases like "multi-grain" and "whole wheat" appearing on their packaging.
But if you take a second to look at the list of ingredients, these breads are anything but traditional. How can these breads be considered real bread with ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, safflower oil, monoglycerides, brown sugar and soy lecithin (the list goes on), while traditional bread is made simply of flour, yeast and water? Is this what our society has come to? Eating factory made bread with ingredients we often times can't pronounce?
Spring Mill Bread Company
offers us a spot of hope. Spring Mill Bread Co. is located in Bethesda, Maryland. It is a baking company that bakes lots of small batches of handmade bread, using all natural ingredients. For example, in their Oat Bran bread they use whole wheat flour, rolled oats, water, oat bran, honey, yeast and salt. That's it. They even mill their own flour. Their bread is not only good for your health as a consumer; it is also good for the environment.
Check them out at their store on Elm Street in Bethesda, Md., or ask your local grocery store if they cary the Spring Mill brand. The Yes! Organic Market
in Adams Morgan (located on Columbia Road) carries a variety of Spring Mill breads that are restocked every week.