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 Goodness in Every Cup|
By Joe Damiano,
Peruvian family farmers to you, try Coyona Peruvian Naturals coffee. It's an amazing Fair Trade product at an amazing price.
Don't miss a new coffee with a great, unique taste (and a nice price — $7.99/lb!) that's slated to have a limited run here at GreenStar. Coyona Peruvian Naturals comes directly from the small village of 500 that I visited with Equal Exchange last year. The location of this region of Peru, just on the edge of jungle and desert, means the beans can dry naturally within the juicy sweetness of the coffee cherry, in a quick and uniform manner. These beans (the ones the farmers usually keep for themselves!) offer a stronger, deeper flavor. Only a handful of U.S. coops get to partake of these beans, roasted by Equal Exchange in the French Roast style, which caramelizes the sweetness and brings out the fruity and deep earth flavors. This micro-lot buy (with no organic certification paperwork because of its size) has really helped the farmers of Coyona financially! This is just one more way that we, as a co-op, differ from a regular food store in our practices and impact.