It’s a new weekend, which means its time for our Milford Farmer’s Market vendor highlight. This time, we’re checking out another new addition for this year, Fortunata’s Bakery. They were not here for the 2018 season, but I understand from the farmer’s market facebook page that they were previous vendors. I’ll tell you, though, I’m so glad they came back. Fresh bread has always been one of my favorite things about farmer’s markets.
Like all good bakery stands, you have to get to Fortunata’s well within the first half an hour of the market if you want to have your pick of their offerings. Even if we show up an hour after open, we sometimes struggle to get ahold of the flavor of focaccia we’re looking for or a good size white loaf. If you plan your morning accordingly, you have a lot of choices.
As mentioned before, I gravitate to their focaccia every single weekend. The last few weeks, they’ve had some new flavors based around some of the other vendors after Farmer’s Market Week, red pepper focaccia and mushroom and feta focaccia just to name a few. Their regular loaves are normally cheese, pepperoni, or tomato basil flavored. There is a good amount of air in the loaf, and every single flavor goes well with a small bowl of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for an afternoon snack.
The big, big loaves have had many purposes in our kitchen. They have a cheese loaf that regularly appears on the table that I use for a toasty accompaniment to soups. Their butter loaves are nice to just eat, literally, with a slice of butter spread over it.
I never make it in time to grab scones, but they make a few different flavors for the Saturday morning market. Folks walk away with whole boxes of scones, cleaning out the stand before those of us who might just want a few can get some. It’s okay, though. The early bird gets the worm.
We don’t have long til the season is up, but lucky for us all, Fortunata’s Bakery has a brick and mortar location in Milford, Delaware where they are open all week. Their hours vary throughout the week, but you can always count on an early open around 7 a.m.. Check out their facebook page for some great pictures of their products, and always remember: If you want good bread at your market, get there first!
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