August 29: Bread Alone Cafe in Boiceville, New York
The Bread Alone stand is a fixture in many of the city's greenmarkets, selling fresh and crusty loaves in two dozen varieties. Yes, they have hippie breads paved with sunflower seeds and incorporating multiple grains, but they also sell slender baguettes, cinnamon rolls, and specialty ethnic breads like ciabattas.
The fabled brick ovens are located in Boiceville, New York, in the central Catskill Mountains, southwest of Woodstock on Highway 28, at the tip of the Ashokan Reservoir, which provides drinking water for New York City. The small town was once located where the snaking reservoir now laps, and it had to be moved when the area was flooded between 1912 and 1914.
The unprepossessing storefront sits on a dirt access road parallel to the highway and offers little hint of the great bread-making doings inside -- though a hot dog vendor not far away pointedly offers tossed salads in addition to franks, and the front of the bakery is festooned with flowers and other counterculture symbols.
Inside, there's a bakery store and a café, which makes sandwiches using the fresh bread. This has come to be a popular pit stop for anyone headed up north to such popular vacation spots as Hunter Mountain (skiing), Phoenicia (tubing on Esopus Creek), and Windham (general resorting).