I recently had the opportunity to tour this bakery facility and they make some of the best bread I’ve ever eaten, though I am a sucker for hot bread out of the oven. Farm To Market Bread Co. is a family-owned bakery that produces and sells bread and rolls in Kansas and Missouri. Started in the early 1990s by Mark Friend, an expert on natural sour dough starters, he is still an active member of the baking team along with his son and 60 employees. This bakery is a perfect example of American small business at work.
The cleanliness of the production facility was outstanding and the bakers loved what they did and were very proud of the finished product. Even though this was a hands-on artisanal bake shop, production could not be accomplished without modern equipment needed to mix 600 pound batches of dough and ovens that held baking racks stacked six feet high that automatically rotated for even browning and fast baking. The smells were tantalizing.
Grains Galore (their best seller) has 140 calories a slice (2 ounces), 3.5 grams of fat, no trans fat or cholesterol, 6 grams of protein, 23 grams of carb (4 grams of which are sugar and 3 grams fiber) and 200 milligrams of sodium.
San Francisco Sourdough has 90 calories a slice (1.4 ounces), no fat, trans fat or cholesterol, 3 grams of protein, 19 grams of carb (no sugar and 1 gram fiber) and 180 milligrams of sodium.
100% Whole Wheat has 110 calories a slice, 1 gram of fat, no trans fat or cholesterol, 4 grams of protein, 23 grams of carb (3 grams of which are sugar and 3 grams fiber) and 220 milligrams of sodium.
Farm To Market Bread is available at retail outlets in Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas. It can’t be mail ordered because the breads have no additives or preservatives. They are kosher certified (Vaad HaKashruth Kansas City). This brand is definitely worth a try.