Ohio’s Own: Matija Breads
For the most part, the easiest way to enjoy Matija Breads has been indirectly, through the local restaurant scene. Matija has been providing the foundation for storied sandwich masterpieces at local places such as Wario’s or Katalina’s.
But say you’d like to score a private Matija loaf for yourself: That’s a different sort of thing. There’s now a way to do that. Beechwold Farm Market stocks Matija bread on Saturday mornings.
It’s not just loaves. It’s hot, steaming loaves of Matija bread fresh out of the oven. You can actually see the steam fog up the inside each loaf’s plastic wrapper. With steam comes the aroma of warm baked bread, which escapes and beckons from the giant loaf, when cradled like a baby in arms. Be forewarned, it will take a tremendous amount of self-discipline to resist the urge to rip open the loaf inside the market, and shove your entire head inside to take in all the bready goodness.
It’s best, though, to wait until after you’ve paid, and find a more private spot for this activity.
And because it’s ill-advised to eat the whole loaf at once, it’s worth noting that the bread is good later in the day as well, when sliced with some dignity. Delightfully tender and springy, a Sesame Semolina Loaf benefits from its namesake sesame sprinkled on its toasty crust. And while it’s good with butter, there’s a decent argument for enjoying the bread without larding it up.
The loaf is probably good the next day as well, but it wasn’t around that long.
Besides the bread, you can explore lots of local goods at the market. Beechwold Farm Market isn’t an outdoor market with vendors, it’s more store-like, with local veggies organized in baskets, along with honey and kombucha from various Ohio spots. You’ll find a lot of succulents (the plant), too. It’s a project from Swainway Farms and open Saturdays at 4662 Indianola Ave.