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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Wild rice is a must for my Thanksgiving menu, and we just brought in the best I've ever tasted, from northern Minnesota.
Which items are absolutely essential to your Thanksgiving menu? Wild rice is one of mine. I'd always thought that the Canadian wild rice we sell in Bulk is the best available — that is, until recently. About three months ago, into GreenStar walked Bruce Savage of Spirit Lake Native Products. Bruce handed me a bag of wild rice that has proven to be, by far, the best I've ever tasted. Spirit Lake is owned and operated by Bruce and Tawny Savage and their four children, Tahkoah, Sage, Cedar, and Kayla. It's a family business that relies on a number of extended family members who live in and around the region. Their land is located on the southwestern border of the Lake Superior Chippewa Fond du Lac Reservation in Carlton County in northern Minnesota. I love to support small family farms that are doing great things and making great products. If you'd like a sensory experience of why, try some of this Wild Rice!