Rustic Country Loaf
Ninth Street Bakery

Popularized by Chad Robertson of Tartine Bakery, the Rustic Country Loaf has become the standard-bearer of the new artisan bread movement. Characterized by a moist and open crumb opening to a crusty and caramelized exterior, this loaf is a perfect medium for tartines, open-faced sandwiches, artisinal toasts, or creations of your own devising. Pair with farm fresh tomatoes for a seasonal favorite. Shelf-life is about 4 days.

Locally-produced: yes
Certified organic: no
Pesticides-free: n/a
Conventionally produced: n/a

Member ratings of this Product by this Producer:
4 out of 5 (1 ratings): Jul 10-11 (most recent)
4.64 out of 5 (59 ratings): All Time

About Ninth Street Bakery:
First begun in 1981 on Ninth Street in Durham, Ninth Street Bakery relocated in 1992 to downtown Durham in order to accommodate increased demand for its breads. Along with its wholesale operation, a small retail take-out was opened in the front of the bakery plant, selling primarily coffee and fresh pastries and cookies. Over time, our retail has grown into a cafe with seating, selling the original items as well as sandwiches, salads, curries, chili, and soups.

About Owner Ari:
Prior to Ninth Street, Ari wrote fiction and worked in a corporate bookstore before doing a requisite stint as a graduate student at UNC.

Previously, he was a home baker who attempted fifteen goes at the perfect blueberry pie (which could be found on Cape Cod and uses wild Maine blueberries). After training as a baker at Ninth Street, he started a sliding-scale baking business where anyone could purchase bread and pastries regardless of their means.

Since taking over Ninth Street Bakery in Fall of 2013, Ari has been modernizing recipes, improving quality, adding bread selections, and generally being inspired by all the new movements in both baking and the culinary arts. As a business owner, he cares about the Durham and Triangle communities, and throws organizing events, pop-up dinners, and classes at the Bakery on a weekly basis.