February 15, 2024 1 min read

Cat Neville and the crew from TASTEMAKERS visited the mill in 2019. Watch her interview with proprietor James Brown.


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James Brown, Barton Springs’ founder, had been a classical musician with a full-time gig as a church musician. He was looking at what he could do for a second career … something he would want to do that he would love. In addition to his musical training, James has a culinary degree but at the age of 53, he didn’t want to get back in restaurant kitchens.

Inspired by the famous series of bread books, Tartine, James began baking and thought of opening a small bakery. Tartine Bread 3 came out covering artisan wheat and interesting flours. At the time he says he was making “crappy bread” so he tracked down a source that takes sourdough and applied that to heritage grains.