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Berkshire Mountain Bakery
Address: 367 Park St Housatonic, MA, 01236
Email Address: Dennis@BerkshireMountainBakery.com
Phone: 413-274-3412
About Us
Berkshire Mountain Bakery is a small, artisinal bakery located in the village of Housatonic in the beautiful Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts. Its founder Richard Bourdon studied and practiced the art of natural sourdough bread baking in Europe. It was there that he headed one of the first bakeries in Holland to revive and develop this neglected way of baking.
Walk through the door of Berkshire Mountain Bakery located in Housatonic, Massachusetts in the heart of the Berkshires and you will find yourself in the midst of a baking flurry with baker/owner, Richard Bourdon, orchestrating the production. In this European style bakery, traditional techniques rule the baking process and so most bread is naturally leavened with sourdough fermentation and hand shaped. The result is very digestible and delicious bread.


Practices
It is important to us that it be understood that we do not make sourdough bread because it has become fashionable or to uphold any particular tradition. The process of fermentation has been practiced for thousands of years and for good reason. Our ancestors, and virtually all preindustrialized peoples, soaked or fermented their grains before making them into porridge, breads, cakes and casseroles. Through scientific research, we are now able to understand why and how it all works. In addition, there are other important aspects to baking high quality, nutritious bread those being the role of proper hydration and the benefit of freshly milled whole grain flour.
Berkshire Mountain Bakery bakes with sourdough to ferment the grains for our bread and uses sprouted grain spelt flour for our cookies. We also use proper hydration and whole grain flour, milled on site using a slow stone mill, in our commitment to bring the most nutritious and delicious bread to you.
We have been baking for over 25 years always vigilant about how we bake, but more importantly, always informed as to why we use the method and ingredients that we do. Thus we can speak of a truly dynamic art of bread baking that involves a very basic interaction with nature. The result is authentic, wholesome and natural bread with a rich flavor and aroma that is light in texture and truly nourishing.