In a tent behind the baking house we met the mayor of Renquishausen, Jürgen Zinsmayer. He is, as many of his fellow citizens are, busy preparing the village festival.
Mr. Zinsmayer, what can you tell us about the baking house in your commune?
The baking house is a very important venue for our 800 villagers. That is why we support the institution with a fixed amount in our commune’s budget. The baking woman is employed by the commune, we provide the wood and keep the house in a good condition. We just renovated it two years ago. The baking house has a core social function, men and women come for baking, many issues are arranged and settled in an informal way. Other communes need a village center, we have our baking house. Our village festival which takes place every two years around the baking house, is incredibly important to us.
Is there also a bakery in the village?
We have a little grocery store. To preserve this store, try to maintain a solidary equilibrium and don’t expand the bread sale on Tuesdays. We could sell a lot more, but we won’t.
Mr. Zinsmayer, we don’t want to disturb you any longer. It is great to see that the commune takes part in your bread baking tradition.
Citing from the book “So isst Renquishausen” (Heimatverein Renquishausen, 2013, Verlag Tradition, S. 215 und 216, Autor Thorsten Buhl):
„The administration of Tuttlingen recommended the surrounding villages to build communal baking houses because of the rising threat of fire hazard. That was when also the village of Renquishausen startet to build a baking house in the upper village in 1844. There have been two ovens with heat regulation and a communal baker since the beginning. After having become derelict, the old baking house had been torn down and a new one was built in 1925 and renovated in 1983.”