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We are a hub for the Almond Thief Bakery, this is their story

Dan Mifsud set up a small wholesale bakery in Dartington over six years ago. Since then, The Almond Thief Bakery has grown and before COVID were welcoming over 200 customers a day. They are due to start renovating their old bakery shortly and will move in later in the year. In addition to their main site at Dartington, they have an outlet in Totnes, as well as supplying Broadhempston Community Shop on Tuesdays.

The Almond Thief sourdough is made from organically grown flour, water and salt, as simple as that! It contains no additives or preservatives.

Dan sources his wheat from several mills, including Shipton Mill (Tetbury, Gloucestershire) and N R Stoate and Sons at Cann Mill (Shaftesbury, Dorset).

The most local, Dartington Mill, is based right in the bakery! The mill was created through a collaboration between the bakery and two local farms (The Apricot Center and Old Parsonage Farm).

In a significant break from the flour commodity market, the flour from Dartington Mill was grown, milled, and made into bread all within a two-mile radius of the bakery.

Dan is gradually increasing the ratio of locally grown flour in his bread, as supplies allow. Ultimately he would like to reduce the bakery carbon footprint by sourcing all his flour locally.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions the bakery only has one baker working each shift. This means only 200 country white or stoneground loaves are made each day. So Broadhempston Community Shop is very lucky to be able to supply this exceptional bread! Hopefully as restrictions lift, Dan will be able to increase his supply and expand his range. We are looking forward to it!

If you would like to order a loaf on a weekly basis contact

If you prefer to buy the occasional loaf, the shop usually orders extra loaves on Tuesdays but to avoid disappointment and reserve a loaf, contact Ali our shop manager. Orders must be placed before 1:00pm on a Friday for delivery on the following Tuesday morning.

Warning: Once you have tasted Almond Thief Sourdough, you won’t want to go back to mass produced or supermarket bread!

by Sue Harrison

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