Side Oven Bakery
Side Oven Bakery is located on a family-run organic farm, Carr House Farm, tucked away in the Yorkshire Wolds. Jessica Sellers and her family’s decision to convert all 190 hectares to organic production 10 years ago was borne from a desire to produce tasty, wholesome and natural food.
The farm grows its own wheat and cereals using traditional crop-rotation methods. Wheat is milled on-site into a range of organic flours. Jessica and team also make organic muesli and granola. They produce juices and cordials, too, from apples, elderflowers and soft fruits grown in the three-hectare orchard.
During our visit it was fascinating to see homegrown wheat being ground into flour between two stones in the farm’s mill. Did you know the expression ‘fair to middling’ comes from the classification term for flour that is ground neither too fine nor too coarse?
Jessica’s mum runs bread-making courses on-site, so you can learn how to work with Carr House Farm’s special flours. Courses include ‘Working with Spelt’, or ‘Breads for all Occasions’ and ‘Comfort Breads for Winter Warmth’.
Side Oven Bakery fits perfectly into the Yorkshire Wolds. Life in this part of the world seems luxuriously slow. From the unhurried Elizabethan elegance of Burton Agnes and Burton Constable, to the simple pleasures of historic Howden, Hedon and Pocklington, this relaxing region makes it easy to unwind.
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor