Companion Missouri Whole Wheat Sourdough

Fair Shares strives to carry items that aren't just locally made, but also use locally grown ingredients. We see this as a great way to make the money you spend with us go further towards supporting the local food economy. Not only do we think these products taste better, but we like the idea that when you open up a jar of salsa from us, you are supporting both an artisanal producer and a local farmer. It's better for our farmers and better for the Saint Louis economy.

With that said, we're really excited to feature a special loaf of bread created for Fair Shares by Companion Bakery this week. It is a Whole Wheat Sourdough Batard made with locally grown organic wheat milled by Richard Knapp. Sauce Magazine's September issue had a great feature on Richard's ongoing efforts to grow hard wheat suitable for bread baking. As you can read in the article below, bread made with local flour has been a long time coming in Saint Louis, and we're happy to finally offer it exclusively to our members.

Fair Shares makes eating local easy.

Tip: Mushroom Handling Tips

Mushrooms need to be kept cold in a breathable bag, so store them in the fridge in the paper bag they come in. Shiitake mushrooms have a tough stem, so remove that and save it in the freezer for stocks. Oyster mushrooms are all edible, except for the dirty little bit at the "root." Oyster mushrooms are more...Read more


Del Carmen has been a vendor for Fair Shares for 3+ years now.  We have developed a quality relationship based on trust. Our communications have been seamless. In addition, Fair Shares and its members have been great marketers for our products.  As a (very) small business, we are unable to advertise or market our products, so we have to rely on word of mouth.  Many of our customers are, were, or know Fair Shares members who have recommended our products.

Del Carmen has also benefitted from valuable ideas for use of existing products and suggestions in product development from the Fair Shares community.  I go to them for feedback, knowing I will get good, reliable and useful information.

We thank you, Fair Shares, for your support and commitment to del Carmen. We wish you much continued success.  After all, your success also helps the success of del Carmen and other local vendors and farmers.

Estie Cruz-Curoe, del Carmen Beans, St. Louis, MO