Shiloh Farms Bakery
For at least thirty years, I have been sustained, body and soul, by two robust loaves of Shiloh Farms Sprouted Seven Grain Bread every week. Whether buttered toast for breakfast or peanut butter sandwich for lunch, that bread always convinced me that I was being truly nourished. No wimpy store bread for me, thank you.
If you doubt the robust part, consider that each slice weighs 1-1/2 Oz and provides 90 calories. Without butter. Two slices toasted with a glass of milk and a glass of juice was more than enough to kick-start my day.
Well, all good things must come to an end, and when I phoned in my last order, I was told that they were closing down but that I could order frozen loaves from a store in New York.
Here is part of the Shiloh farms story:
The Shiloh Farms Bakery was originally established by the Shiloh Community in upstate New York in the 1940’s. We have been making the finest all-natural sprouted breads and baked goods for over fifty years.
Our location here in the center of historic Sulphur Springs, Arkansas dates from 1968. At that time we moved lock, stock, and barrel to this peaceful 117 acre site amid the pastoral beauty of the Ozarks in Northwest Arkansas. Since then the Bakery has focused on natural, certified organic and chemical-free foods – natural sweeteners and oils, NO preservatives, NO synthetics.
The adjacent City Park, once part of the original property, contains four natural springs – yellow, white and black sulphur, plus a rare lithium spring. Attraction to the healing properties of these waters, plus the lure of local area caves, led to the town site’s layout in 1885 and its designation as the end-of-the-line terminal for the Kansas City Southern Railroad. With the first train arriving in 1891, the railroad soon developed more than a dozen local resort hotels, including the Livingston and Kihlberg which opened in 1909 and later sustained two major fires.
Prior to Shiloh, the original site and hotels were occupied successively by the John Brown Military Academy from 1924 to 1951, then by the Wycliff Bible Translators and Missionary Trainers. Shiloh expanded the complex with the additions of our commercial bakery, swimming pool, large educational-multi-purpose building, a number of separate individual family living quarters, and various other improvements.
Our Shiloh complex retains three nostalgic, restored turn-of-the-century buildings – the 30 room Livingston and the 100 room (originally) grand Kihlberg resort hotel, plus the 19 room Shiloh House Parsonage, which is recorded in the National Registry of historic landmarks.
So it’s the end of an era for the Shiloh Bakery folk and their customers.
Dave, which he is off to the HyVee bakery department to look for a substitute.