Elemental Bread Co.

A couple weeks ago an article in a Sunday section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel caught our eye. It was about the “Elemental Bread Co.,” which is owned and operated by Watertown resident Matt Reich.

The article talked about Matt’s business, which features sourdough bread made right in his home.

Today he makes sourdough breads, biscuits and pizza crusts. They were on sale this fall at the farmer markets in Watertown, but now that we’re in the winter months, he is selling them only at Oconomowoc High School, 915 E. Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an indoor market, which offers vegetables, crafts, hot food and much more.

The Journal Sentinel article detailed just how fresh his items are. Matt said his first loaf of bread goes in the oven at 5 p.m. the night before the market and the last batch comes out at 1:30 a.m. Now that is fresh bread!

Matt said his sourdough foods are gaining in popularity. He said this past summer he was selling upwards of 140 loafs a week in Oconomowoc and an extra 72 loaves at the Watertown markets at Riverside Park and at the library parking lot.

If this isn’t enough to make you want to purchase a loaf, Matt said in the article that his two latest flavors are cinnamon raisin, and dark chocolate and cherry, both of which will be available only for the winter market. He’s also adding a cheddar chive biscuit to his selections.

It all sounded so good we made a trek to Oconomowoc a couple weeks ago and purchased some sourdough bread and also a pizza crust.

I don’t pretend to be a food critic, but my wife and I enjoyed both samplings and we’re sure to go back again.

Shortest day of the year

While everyone is making last minute decisions regarding Christmas, tomorrow we will reach another milestone that should bring even more smiles to our faces.

Tomorrow is the winter solstice and that means Saturday will have the least amount of potential sunshine of all 365 days of the year.

Officially, Watertown will have just 8 hours, 59 minutes of potential sunshine and after that the days will start to get longer. Initially, the change from day to day will be nearly impossible to detect. It starts by less than a minute of additional sunshine, but gradually the days do indeed get longer. Unfortunately, they are not also likely to get any warmer in the near future.

We’re really not into the toughest part of winter yet, but just knowing we’re going to turn the corner on daylight should be a relief to residents in this neck of the woods.

Officially, Saturday will have daylight starting at 7:23:50 a.m. and sunset will be at 4:22:50 pm.

It’s only a matter of seconds, but the length of daylight today is also almost exactly 8 hours 59 minutes. By the last day of December we will have gained 3 minutes of daylight.

The Christmas season will put everyone in a positive frame of mind, and then we move into the New Year and as the days go by in January we should notice a small change in the length of days.

Now, if we can just keep the heavy snowfalls away from us, it will also make the winter a bit shorter and more tolerable.

This year we broke down and purchased our first snowblower. It’s brand new and waiting for its first test. In the past we normally did the driveway and walkway to the house the old-fashioned way — with a shovel. We also have a special neighbor who brings his snowblower over when there is an unusually heavy snowfall. Still, it was time for that investment and despite our waning enthusiasm for heavy snowfalls, I am eager to give the snowblower an opportunity to do its thing!

I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities.

Merry Christmas to all!

We’re down to the final days before Christmas and the anticipation is building, especially for the young ones in our family. We’ll be celebrating Christmas Day at our home here in Watertown and we have an interesting group coming. It looks like 23 people, of which a half a dozen are 5 years or younger! That should make for some exciting gift opening activities!

This year the ages of our family members range from 94 down to just a couple months. The oldest of the family, my mom and dad, will be here but we’re going to have to wait until January to see the Dallas family with the newborn.

It will be an exciting time to say the least!

With that, we want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas, one that is centered on the true meaning of this special day.

Enjoy that day and the entire Christmas season to the fullest!

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