Brodowin’s partner – Weichardt Brot –
From grain to bread
In 1977 master baker and confectioner Heinz Weichardt and his wife Mucke founded the first wholemeal bakery in Berlin. It was also the very first Demeter bakery.
For over 40 years, they have been grinding Demeter grain freshly and gently on their three Sesto natural stone mills every day. Demeter, for them, in a nutshell, means a holistic understanding of agriculture, namely to work in harmony with the laws of motion of nature and yet according to the strictest, established cultivation guidelines.
The Weichardts obtain their grain from controlled and recognized Demeter farms with which they have been working from the very beginning. You only use 100% whole meal flour and meal, homemade sourdough made from baking ferment and whole sea salt. They bake in the stone oven and process fresh Demeter butter and blossom honey from controlled organic cultivation and no chemical additives. They use freshly grown organic yeast for yeast baked goods.
As early as 1800 the Weichardt family owned their own windmill!
The large millstones come from the Sexten Dolomites and are said to have been selected by Hildegard von Bingen in the 12th century – because of their different fine quartz inclusions. These mills grind gently and very slowly by breaking up the grain very easily at only 90 revolutions per minute. Three mills grind just 600 loaves of bread every day
The range of their products is very diverse, because in more than 40 years customers have had all kinds of wishes, so the product range has expanded from initially just bread to rolls, cakes, tarts, biscuits, pralines, chocolate, muesli, pasta and crispbread .
Heinz Weichardt discovered the wonderful fields around the eco-village Brodowin early on, where the best Demeter grain has been grown for 30 years. Just the thing for the Weichardt mill in Berlin. There, the whole grain is traditionally processed and provides the basis for the popular Weichardt baked goods.
When Heinz Weichardt visits Brodowin, you can watch it live again in the following video.