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Since 1999, La Farm Bakery has blended centuries-old French baking techniques with new world tastes and locally sourced grains. The result: artisan bread that’s sold the day it’s made.
If you live in North Carolina, perhaps you’ve already tasted the mighty flavors of that old-world/new-world fusion — La Farm’s fresh-baked bread is sold in five Whole Foods Market stores in the Raleigh-Durham area: Cary (where the bakery’s flagship café is also located), Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and North Raleigh.
And now, with the opening of Whole Foods Market’s new West Cary store on November 7, 2017, customers can enjoy an in-store La Farm café featuring a European hearth with a full selection of breads throughout the day, coffee service and a café menu.
If you’re lucky enough to live in the area, plan to add delicious, oven-fresh breads to your Thanksgiving table. (Not near a La Farm Bakery? Your local Whole Foods Market bakery has plenty of other options to choose from.)
1. Sourdough Bread
La Farm Bakery’s signature light sourdough is a must for a Thanksgiving weekend — whether warm in your bread basket, toasted with butter for breakfast, cubed for stuffing or sliced for leftover Thanksgiving sandwiches. This slow fermented loaf is reminiscent of the traditional, versatile bread served throughout France for centuries.
2. Yeast Rolls
La Farm bakers use a delicious buttermilk recipe and brush their rolls with butter as soon as they emerge hot from the oven. They purposely lightly bake the rolls so that you can reheat them in your oven just before eating. (Pop in the oven for 5 minutes to warm before serving.) They also make perfect little “slider” turkey sandwiches with leftover turkey and cranberry sauce.
3. Pumpkin Challah
This rich challah makes a beautiful hostess gift, plus amazing French toast and bread pudding the next morning!
Lionel Vatinet, owner of La Farm Bakery, put it simply: “Our bread is crispy, chewy… It’s pure love.”
Find La Farm Bakery’s baked goods in the following Whole Foods Market locations in North Carolina:
Whole Foods Market Cary
102B New Waverly Pl, Cary, NC 27518
Whole Foods Market Chapel Hill
81 South Elliot Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Whole Foods Market Durham
621 Broad St, Durham, NC 27705
Whole Foods Market North Raleigh
8710 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615
Whole Foods Market Raleigh
3540 Wade Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607
Whole Foods Market West Cary
5055 Arco St, Cary, NC 27519