You Can Request a Free Sourdough Bread Starter

The 1847 Oregon Trail Sourdough Preservation Society was created after the owner of the starter, Carl Griffith, died in early 2000. The starter had a reputation for having good taste, good raising strength, and stability, which is highly valued in sourdough starters. In the 1990s, when the Internet was mostly dial-up modems, there was a group called Usenet, which was essentially an online bulletin board. Carl Griffith was part of that group and decided that he would give his sourdough starter to anyone who sent him a self-addressed, stamped envelope. When Carl died, Dick Adams, the founder of Usenet, didn’t want to let such a good starter disappear, so he continued the tradition. Today, if you send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to 1847 Oregon Trail Sourdough Preservation Society at PO Box 321, Jefferson, MD 21755, they will mail you a sourdough starter from 1847 for free.