‘A collaborative project to grow better grain and bake better bread with the common purposes of nourishment, sustainability and food sovereignty.’
This fabulous Community Benefit Society has brought back Scottish heritage grains and is growing, milling and selling a Landrace blend of grains on Balcaskie Estate in Fife.
They are selling heritage grains, grown, harvested, threshed and milled in Fife for amateur and professional bread-makers and the results are proving very successful and flavoursome. Indeed these grains are also nutritiously far superior to modern grains.
There is a great resurgence in Real Bread and this is reflected both in the interest for these delicious heritage grains and in the popularity of the Scottish Bread Championship co-founded in 2017 by Andrew Whitley of Scotland The Bread & Scottish Food Guide.
Available through GreenCity Coop, Ardross Farm Shop and selected farm shops. They also have a stand on Bowhouse Market Days (where the grain is grown and milled) and Bowhouse will be the venue for the inaugural Scottish Real Bread Festival in February where we shall announce the Championship award winners for 2023. Scotland The Bread also have an excellent online shop so click on the link and are stockists of our book, “Meadows: The Swedish Farmer & The Scottish Cook.”
About Scotland The Bread …
The incorporation of Bread for Good Community Benefit Society is better known by its trading name . This innovative not-for-profit social business, owned by its 300+ member/shareholders, researches and mills nutritious organic grains to create a Scottish home-grown flour and bread supply that is healthy, fair and enduring.
Based at Bowhouse in Fife, Scotland The Bread began life in 2012 under the wing of , at Macbiehill in the Borders. It was co-founded by Andrew Whitley and Veronica Burke and formal incorporation in April 2016 enabled a successful share offer that raised over £36,000 as part of a grant-plus-loan package offered by , a funding programme designed to encourage the growth of community based food and farming projects.
Scotland The Bread, supported by its farming partner Balcaskie Estate, produces around 200 tonnes a year of evolutionary wheat and rye varieties chosen for their high levels of minerals and ability to thrive in the local climate. As Society chair Andrew Whitley puts it,
‘If we can eat fewer slices of more satisfying bread, we take pressure off our belts, our food budgets and the natural world, where biodiversity loss from intensive grain farming is as big a crisis as climate breakdown. Our flour, slowly fermented by skilful community bakers, makes a tasty solution to problems that seem too big for us to address individually. So let’s do it one slice at a time.’
Andrew Whitley is Slow Food Scotland Person of the Year 2021.
Always striving to be ahead of the debate, Scotland The Bread chose milling technology that is ultra low-energy and ‘zero-waste’. Unlike industrial roller mills (whose flour has to be fortified with additives to replace minerals and vitamins that are lost in the energy-intensive refining process), the cyclone mills that Scotland The Bread has pioneered in the UK turn 100% of the grain into fine flour and run cool enough to conserve fragile nutrients.
Scotland The Bread’s wholemeal flour can be ordered online, or bought from a growing number of retail shops, many supplied by Scottish community wholesalers Green City and Highland Wholefoods. It is also available direct from the mill, most conveniently during the monthly Bowhouse markets.
As befits its mission to benefit everyone, Bread for Good Community Benefit Society was the key partner in a pandemic-related project called, part funded by Innovate UK, which brought better flour and the know-how to make it into delicious bread to community food hubs in various parts of Scotland.
The Society continues fundraising to create a research and development hub for grain, flour and bread called the Fife Fermenter, whose aim will be to inspire and instruct other farmer-to-baker associations and to get more nutrient-dense real bread onto the public plate.