SOURDOUGH SEPTEMBER 1st – 30th 2022…

2022 sees the 10th annual, International Sourdough September.

The ninth month of the year is when the Real Bread Campaign goes on a mission to help everyone worldwide to discover that: life’s sweeter with sourdough!

Launched in 2013, the main aims of #SourdoughSeptember are to encourage people to:

For 12 months of the year, the Campaign promotes Real Bread in general, with September being a focal point for sourdough in particular.

Sourdough September is run as an opportunity for genuine sourdough bakers and baking teachers to showcase what they do.

It’s also time to shout louder than usual ‘say no to sourfaux‘ to alert people to this problem and help them avoid paying a premium for something that simply isn’t the real deal.

What’s going on?

Across thirty days of sharing food, facts and fun, Real Bread bakeries, baking schools, mills, food festivals and other fermentalists around the globe run sourdough classes, tastings, feasts and more to help everyone experience and enjoy the power of sour.

A special focus for 2022 is affordability.

The Real Bread Campaign believes that everyone should have the chance to choose Real Bread, including genuine sourdough. One obstacle to Real Bread For All is the gap between what it costs a small bakery to make bread and what people in their community on lower incomes can afford.

We’re encouraging bakeries to consider trying out ways of subsidising at least one line of sourdough bread to offer it at a reduced price, or issuing discount vouchers to allow customers to choose. Read about how your bakery can get involved.

Sourdough bread is made by people of almost every age, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity, (dis)ability, religion and culture in the world.

YOU can join the fun with many thousands of people around the planet by tagging your (relevant) social media posts with #sourdough, #SourdoughSeptember and us:

Twitter: @RealBread
Facebook: @RealBreadCampaign
Instagram: @RealBreadCampaign

Then, if applicable, add:

#SourdoughSelfie if it’s a photo of yourself making sourdough, or holding a loaf of genuine sourdough bread you’ve baked or bought from a Real Bread bakery. Remember, as it’s a selfie, we want to see YOU in these photos, not just your crumb shots!

#WeAreRealBread if you are one of the people behind the rise of Real Bread. Whether farmer, miller, baker or baking teacher, please help the world see you to help celebrate the diversity (in all senses) of our supporters and other companions.

If you’d be happy for us to publish your photos (either of yourself or of others with their permission) please email them to realbread@sustainweb.org

We need high resolution photos that are:

  • Landscape / horizontal (rather than portrait / vertical) at least 1200 x 800 pixels (see articles in our news and features pages to see what we mean) OR
  • Square at least 1000 x 1000 pixels

…and we’d love to see and share photos of whole Real Bread bakery teams, famlies baking together, online and real world classes of sourdough students…

The simplest way to join in is to bake a loaf of genuine sourdough yourself, or buy one from a local, independent, Real Bread bakery.

Business owners

How might YOU help share sourdough secrets and demystify the delicious delights of the oldest way of raising a loaf?

Ideas for events/activities you can organise include:

  • Give away (or make a small charge for) pots of sourdough starter
  • Showcase a different sourdough bread on your menu each week and offer tasters
  • Run a sourdough baking class or Q&A / troubleshooting session
  • Organise a social event for people who’ve attended one of your sourdough baking classes in the past
  • Join forces with a local brewer, charcutier, pickler and cheese maker to: run a feast of fermentation, create a local food box for people to order online, or lay a fermented food trail between your shops

Source: Sustain

NATIONAL HONEY MONTH 1st – 30th SEPTEMBER, 2022…

The story of honey is told by Honey. It is older than history itself. An 8,000-year-old cave painting in Spain depicts honey harvesting, and we know it’s been used for food, medicine and more by cultures all over the world since.

But honey isn’t about humans. It’s the natural product made by bees—one of our planet’s most important animals. Honey bees visit millions of blossoms in their lifetimes, making pollination of plants possible and collecting nectar to bring back to the hive.

Lucky for us, bees make more honey than their colony needs, and beekeepers remove the excess and bottle it. Just like they’ve been doing since the beginning of time.

National Honey Month and 2022 marks the third year of our Honey Saves Hives program! So, what’s the buzz? Protecting honey bees has become increasingly important as these pollinators are crucial to maintaining the health of our ecosystem. Learn more about what YOU can do to help save honey bees this National Honey Month!

In 1989, the National Honey Board declared the month of September as National Honey Month as a way to promote the beekeeping industry, beekeeping in the United States and, of course, honey! While we all know honey as Mother Nature’s sweetener, the many uses of honey are extensive. Take a look at some of the favourite uses for honey outside of the kitchen for proof!

To celebrate National Honey Month, Honey partnered with Brandi Milloy, a food reporter, mother, and lifestyle expert, and Joshua Snyder, a father, baker and meal planner. Together, they’re helping to spread the word about how we can all help save hives, including the easiest way – purchasing honey and made-with-honey products!

They have also partnered with lots of brands that share their common goal of supporting honey bees. Try one of their made-with-honey products and visit HoneySavesHives.com to learn more about how you can help honey bees.

Justin’s supports an on-the-go lifestyle while providing nutritious snacks, like Honey Almond Protein Bars, Honey Almond Butter and Honey Peanut Butter, that provide a great taste and convenient nutrition. The brand continues to join forces with the National Honey Board to help protect honey bees, as honey adds a touch of sweetness to their products and honey bees are responsible for pollinating almonds, the primary ingredient in their almond butter!

Mary’s Gone Crackers is the largest organic and gluten-free cracker company in the United States using only whole, plant-based products that are free from wheat, nuts, eggs and dairy. The new Mary’s Gone Kookies are made with honey and come in chocolate, cinnamon and honey flavours, a snack that is not only good for our bodies, but also good for the planet and honey bee health.

At Sioux Honey, they are doing their part to help celebrate National Honey Month and encourage you to do the same. There are plenty of ways to get in on the action starting in the kitchen. Their website has hundreds of different honey recipes for everything from chocolate chip cookies and carrot cakes to beef marinades and beet salads so browse away and don’t forget to share your creations with them on Facebook!

Celebrate National Honey Month to help raise more awareness about protecting honey bees.

The Bee Conservancy have 10 Ways to Save the Bees.

Source: SIOUX Honey The Bee Conservancy