We are part of a group called Homeschoolers Loving God, and there was a field trip to Semifreddi’s in Alameda. I had to get special permission for Melody to attend since the minimum age to go on the field trip is 6 years old, and her birthday wasn’t until that Saturday (the field trip was on Wednesday). She was very excited that they let her go. And thanks to my awesome in-laws for watching Emily so that we could go.
Note: Phone photos –> some blurry ones
They punch some numbers into a digital keypad, and the amount that they need goes from that big flour silo, through a tube, into a GIANT sifter (which started up while we were standing next to it!), and into that funnel.
Water is added, along with yeast and salt, and it becomes this HUGE thing of dough! (If you’re cool, you can also rock the beard net like these dudes.) It was some outrageous amount of loafs that they can make from this amount of dough.
The bakery is right next to where my sister works, so we also went to visit her, thus the apple visitor sticker that Melody has on her hoodie. I’m not the biggest fan of apple turnovers, but that one was good! And the croissant was delicious too.
It was a long tour, but very fun and informative. I think the first 45 minutes was just Mike telling us about the history of the Semifreddi’s and how bread is made. Sidenote: There are 3 men’s restrooms and 1 women’s restroom at the plant. That is all.