That morning I found myself sitting on a chair under the curling branches of a bushy olive tree. This happened amidst a grove of olive trees at the heart of Kibbutz Gesher Haziv; scattered around me were a few coffee tables improvised from wooden reels of irrigation pipes and chairs in a similar unrefined style. I held the cup of café-au-lait that was prepared for me at the small nearby bakery store, sunk my teeth into the rye-blubbery bread and thought to myself how happy I was at that moment.
Happiness is simple under a blue sky; you too can visit Lehem Tene, a small bakery that kind of sprouted out two years ago here besides the Kibbutz’s olive grove. It is located in a small fashioned structure that once served as a chicken coop, a carpentry workshop or a home for two volunteers; and though the place is unrefined in nature, do not mistake the quality of its products. Here David and his wife, the designer, teamed up to produce a place for bread and cakes and true character.
Into a large wood kiln, burning day and night at the end of the shop, David inserts a few lumps of dough mixed with wild yeast (sourdough), that were each individually attended to. The dough is made of quality flour, waiting at the corner of the shop in big sacks. Then he turns the fire off and the bread is baked by the heat of MNM blocks until it is ready. David bakes fresh bread every day. The breads are delivered according to orders received from families in the Galilee. Each family has its own bread.
There is organic bread, whole bread, organic whole bread, 100% rye bread as well as 60% and other kinds for sure. But when you come for coffee (Monday, Wednesday or Friday) you can eat locally made Danish cakes and even scones, the jewel in the crown. You should hurry though, by afternoon the shelves are empty and David will look at you with an apologetic smile. What do you need that for?!