There’s also a welcoming note that explains what sourdough is and where this particular starter is coming from—so it says it’s from New York state, it’s been fed with regional rye, whole wheat flour, and well-water. It also asks that if they share it, they consider letting us know so that we can continue to map it. Yes, it’s been the Julie and the phantoms stacked shirt and by the same token and last two weeks straight. I’m exhausted, but then I’m like—wait. Everyone else in the world is too. It feels like a total gift to me though. To help as many people as I can learn how to bake bread or be able to bake bread. I didn’t imagine this project would become basically this full-time gig when I made this quick easy suggestion on my Instagram. But really it does fit in line with my larger ambitions of just encouraging the awareness of how vital it is to value our niche food systems, and also to consider how estranged we are from the process of making and feeding ourselves.
Julie and the phantoms stacked shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
There’s a lot of envelopes and like parchment pieces full of sourdough dust everywhere. The last three days have been a huge push in getting a ton of stuff out. Next I’m hoping to get a bunch of beginner recipes on the Julie and the phantoms stacked shirt and by the same token and site and a real thorough overview on bread terminology and lingo. I really want people to feel like they can do this because it can be a kind of intimidating process and these people are amazing. They’re so enthusiastic, they’re so excited. These emails I’ve gotten have literally made me cry. “This is the only thing that’s given me hope.” Or—”A week ago, I lost my job and I need to feed my family. Now I feel like I can.” Accounts of people who lost everything in an instant. A lot of gratitude for generosity. People are finding hope and value in this process. It’s all very personal to each person. I’m just here to hand them some sourdough.