Ohio’s Own: Crumbs Bakery
Athens’ Crumbs Bakery has been baking breads with a wholesome bent for more than 20 years. Way before organic and natural was trendy, Crumbs Bakery was turning out artisan loaves. Their bread labels say the operation is worker-owned, though they’re a little short on the rest of the marketing schtick for those who want the whole story. What Crumbs lacks in self-promotion, though, they make up for in product quality.
Case in point, its RaisinNut Bread. Apart from being impressively sized, it’s not much to look at with its bubbling top, baked so dark it’s almost blackened. In fact, a loaf is downright iffy looking. Once sliced, the story changes. The firm bread base is swirled with cinnamon and plump raisins, enough for one in every bite. Good by itself, and positively sublime with a little toasting and some melted butter.
Beyond matters of taste, the sweet bread boasts ingredients that speak to the bakery’s commitment to natural foods, as well as old-school recipes. The first ingredient is organic white flour. There’s also potato flour, pecans, honey and orange juice in the mix. Those sorts of ingredients yield a product that comes across like something that might be a prize-winner in a rural county fair.
There are other items to explore. The house Birdseed Bread is a popular option. It’s a whole wheat bread (organic flour again), amped up with pumpkin, sunflower, flax and poppy seeds. Or, beyond the bread scene, the bakery also makes granola, pasta, crackers and cookies, the latter of which includes the likes of Orange Pecan and Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chip cookies (yes, two chocolates). There’s an old-school Carob Chip cookie too, for those who want an 80s health-food flashback. You can order many of the bakery’s products online at crumbzbakery.biz. They also stock the shelves at Whole Foods and Bexley Co-Op.