“BREAD should be respected. It’s a symbol of everything that is going wrong with food produced in this country. It’s the staff of life – get bread right and you’ll get meat and vegetables right. “
Those are the views of Michael Hanson, the third generation baker who’s just set up the world’s first mobile wood-fired artisan bakery.
Michael, 49, was born in Lincolnshire and now lives in Lewes.
Together with a team of volunteers he built the huge bread oven at the award-winning Wo Wo campsite at Sheffield Park near the Bluebell Railway.
The site, where campers can rent yurts, teepees, bell tents or bring their own, is fully booked for the summer season.
It specialises in relaxed, family and dog friendly camping with an eco-theme. Musicians are welcomed free of charge as long as they are prepared to offer a little weekend entertainment to fellow guests.
Now Michael’s volunteers have completed an intensive week-long course in traditional bread making and are busy baking fresh organic bread using local wheat every weekend.
Michael says all the campers share in bread thanksgiving on Saturday nights when complimentary home-made organic soup is on offer. Afterwards there is a rush to the camp shop to buy any uneaten bread, such is the demand.
Michael will also be serving his genuine Neapolitan pizzas on weekends, baked in the wood-fired oven in under sixty seconds.
His emphasis on natural, organic bread echoes current headline concerns about the chemicalisation of modern bread making where additives prolong shelf life but can also spark food intolerances or allergies.
He’ll be running a series of courses on traditional baking using a wood-fired oven.
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