Cayuga Pure Organics Rebuilds

By Tina Wright

beans-heartFor Cayuga Pure Organics, an important local supplier of organic dried beans and grains to GreenStar, there is good news and bad news right now. Erick Smith, owner-operator of the Brooktondale farm, is grateful for the great response to their fund-raising campaign following the accidental fire that destroyed their beanery building last spring. They raised over $80,000 on a crowd-sourcing site and other community members, fans, and local foodies chipped in another $50,000. Smith said, "It was short of our goal but we are amazed at what people are helping us with."

In the past six years, GreenStar has carried CPO's pinto, Red Merlot, navy, kidney, Jacob's Cattle, and cranberry beans; on the grain side, live oats, freekeh, hard red winter wheat; and seasonally, farro, rye, barley, sunflower seeds, popcorn, spring wheat, soft wheat, and spelt.

The other good news is that a brand-new beanery and grain mill has risen from the ashes. Using a unique building method to achieve net-zero energy costs, with no heating or cooling needed, the new building will be super-insulated on top and three feet into the ground, which will keep the indoor temperature a good 40-50 degrees even in winter because of heat stored in the ground. Sustainable Tompkins has just announced a modest award to the farm for their contribution to climate health. CPO wants the building someday to be a showcase and model for others.

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A Bowl of Hot Soup

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32 bean 8 vegetable soup 300pxNorth Bay Trading Company's soup mixes make it easy to put warm, nourishing soup on the table —add some dried mushrooms, too!

It's the perfect time of year to remind you about North Bay Trading Company's hearty, delicious soup mixes: Spicy Southwest, Wild Rice Vegetable, 32 bean & 8 Vegetable, and Whole Wheat Alphabet Vegetable. What's better on a cold winter day than a big pot of soup? And if you're going to make a pot of any size, don't forget to pick up some wakame (or any of the eight types of sea vegetables that we carry in bulk) and shiitake mushrooms (or any of the five types of mushrooms that we carry in bulk). These make great additions to any soup, especially miso. Have you made any miso soup lately?? We have no less than seven types of miso in the Bulk Department! They're deeply satisfying and nourishing. Remember not to boil miso, but to stir it in at the end of cooking or even into individual serving bowls. Enjoy!

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