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Dear Breadfriends (4/3/2014). Music, the Bo Lipari Award, Stencils, and more!

Dear Breadfriends and Crustfund Members,

So… the tide of the seasons finally turns. Or so it seems for this week. Around the bakery the wildlife is flourishing and the mud is deep. It looks like the real thing.

For us, there is to be celebrated. It’s our anniversary!

THREE YEARS AGO April 1st, we baked and carried a small box of loaves into Trumansburg for a tasting and distribution. I know it’s cliché to say, but it seems like yesterday. Thank you for finding us, for participating in the work, for sharing the bread. We are honored!

An so.. in celebration. This Friday, tomorrow(!), we’ll have great MUSIC alongside the bread! The Grady Girls will be playing for us, so stay and listen. Have a bite. Share a tune.

But that’s not all!

We’ll also be continuing our art-experiment with bread-stencils. We had such a good time with the stencils you made a few weeks ago that we thought we’d keep them going. So come spend a minute with us. We’ll have plenty of examples on hand to inspire you, along with all the tools you’ll need. Carve out some art and share it on the crust!

Now. I am aware that the news these past days has not been good. What is to be done? What is to be our labor? Here at the bakery, our primary work is to bring people together with bread. We think it’s a good thing to do, even when the stakes seem too high for anything so short-lived and material.

In that spirit, we want to announce..again… the



As you may already know, we are presenting the first award to BO LIPARI himself for his persistent and unflagging work on behalf of the people of New York State.

In honor of Bo’s work, we have presented him with a ONE YEAR BREADSHARE.

You can read more about the award and about Bo Lipari here!

And note: The Bo Lipari Award will be awarded annually, and we look forward to your participation in the nomination and selection process! We’ll have more details on this soon.. as soon as we figure them out.

But wait, that’s not all!

Not all the honorable work is all being done in the halls of power. No. Not the half of it. From here it looks like the work is ongoing, often extraordinarily small in scale, profoundly local—in ways that the “local” movement has barely touched, and rarely sung.

And in THAT spirit, we will also have at the bread distribution on Friday…



Yes. You heard right. A MICRO-AWARDS TABLE. At this table you can spend a minute to create an award for someone who could use it. It might be your friend… who finally washed those dishes. Or it might be your child, who didn’t bite you. Or perhaps.. perhaps it is even YOU! For forgiving that wrong, or for sharing that laugh. Yes. I know. You don’t do this every day.

But I ask you.

Think about the work being done by your friends and comPANions (I don’t have to point out the bread reference in that word, do I?). Don’t they deserve a little honor? Friday might be JUST THE DAY FOR IT!

And if you’re willing, we will be taking portraits of you with your awards and your companions, and we’ll be posting those portraits in a gallery on our website. ..

Come play with us! Come enjoy some bread! Enjoy some fine music! Sing your friends! Make some art! Yes..

It’s a fight worth fighting.

With great affection and warmth,



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