By Tina Wright
For 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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New in Bulk
|Co-op Grown Volcano Rice is a Blast|
By Joe Damiano,
Volcano rice is a nutrient-dense and delicious heirloom food, and we have several beautiful varieties from Lotus Foods Rice.
Have you tried any of our Lotus Foods Rice? Volcano rice is a mineral- and antioxidant-packed blend of traditional aromatic West Java rices grown on volcanic soils rich in magnesium, manganese, and zinc — essential minerals so often lacking in modern diets. The blend includes nutrient-dense Sintanur brown rice, whole-grain red rice, and lightly milled red rice. It's reputed to restore vitality because of its high mineral, fiber, and antioxidant content. To make it even more appealing, Volcano rice cooks in 30 minutes! And its origins are appealing too, as it's grown by a cooperative of Tasikmalaya family farmers, one of the first co-ops in Indonesia to get the rice it produces certified as both organic and Fair Trade. Give Volcano rice a try and, while you're at it, check out our other distinctive varieties of Lotus Foods rices: Pink, Red Bhutanese, and Mekong Flower.