New Vineland Bread, located in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, will next week launch its long-anticipated bread subscription with a 12-week session. Beginning June 6, fresh loaves of bread will be available to members who join the June-through-August session, said Melissa Sorongon, co-owner of New Vineland Bread with her husband, New Vineland/Piedrassasi winemaker Sashi Moorman and Peter and Amy Pastan of Washington, D.C.
Moorman also is consulting winemaker for Evening Land Vineyards, Sandhi Wines and Stolpman Vineyards.
Peter Pastan is chef and owner of Two Amys Pizzeria and Obelisk, both in Washington, D.C., and Amy Pastan is a longtime writer, editor and book producer.
The New Vineland Bread subscription will operate like a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program: participants will pay to "join" for at least one session and receive a set number of loaves each week.
The owners are limiting membership to the first 50 who join, Sorongon explained, but will create a waiting list for latecomers, or those who wish to retrieve the breads from a different location, such as the Santa Ynez Valley or Santa Barbara.
Members active in the summer session get first dibs on continuing with the fall session before it is opened to those on the waiting list, she noted.
The breads available each week will be the choice of baker Kate Heller, "so folks won't know what they get until they come to the bakery," Sorongon said.
Heller's efforts currently include the Durum, Franciscan (whole wheat), Fifty-Fifty (spelt and fresh-milled wheat) and Walnut (with vin santo) loaves, Sorongon said.
New Vineland recently began selling bread and olive oil at the Ojai Farmers Market (Sundays), and once the company harvests its first locally-grown wheat early this fall, it will also participate in Santa Barbara County Farmers Markets, she said.
Subscription information: Choices: Family (small) two loaves, one small and one large, for $145 per session, or Family (large), two large loaves, for $180. No bread service Wednesday, July 4. Member pickup will be Wednesdays between 4 and 6 p.m. at the New Vineland/Piedrasassi winery/tasting room/bakery, 1501 E. Chestnut Ave., at the western edge of the Lompoc Ghetto.
Information: www.newvineland.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org, (805) 736-6784.