Hosted by Robin Sussingham | May 7, 2020
On the podcast, bakery owner Christina Cann talks about the magic of sourdough – and how her community has rallied around her to help save her small business.
Have you found yourself wanting to bake bread while you’re quarantining? Christina Cann, owner of Gulf Coast Sourdough, says it’s a real thing. Hundreds of people have asked her for some sourdough starter over the last several weeks. Part of the reason is that so many people are baking bread that there’s been a run on instant yeast at the stores, and it’s hard to find right now. But sourdough uses wild yeast for leavening, and wild yeast are all around us. Christina says eating sourdough bread is like taking a bite of history.
“We are so excited to see people getting into sourdough baking for the first time,” she said. “I think that people right now are kind of in a resilient frame of mind. Given everything that’s going on right now, learning to care for a sourdough starter and learning to bake sourdough breads really speaks to people in a very deep way. It’s part of our collective history. We’re getting back to our roots and our self- sufficiency. Sourdough baking is really appealing, and it has the benefit of being absolutely delicious.”
Christina says her Tampa community of Seminole Heights has been committed to supporting local businesses like hers. “It’s been a challenging time for sure,” she says. “But it’s also been an inspiring time.”
Explore The Zest
Host: Robin Sussingham
Producer: Dalia Colón
Photo Credits: Christina Cann