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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Wide Awake Bakery makes killer bread, yes, but in Bulk they keep us supplied with tasty granola and pasta, all organic and fresh.
I want to shine the spotlight on a really great local bakery that's bringing us really great local products. You may have guessed it! The Wide Awake Bakery is truly worth crowing about! Our friends there never disappoint. Their granolas — Buckin' Mule, and Cacklin' Hen — are two of the tastiest you'll ever get your hands on, anywhere, anytime. Made with organic ingredients, they're always super fresh and completely satisfying. Actually, they're getting to be so popular that we can barely keep them on the shelf! Wide Awake Bakery's pastas, too, are quickly gaining the same recognition around town. Made from local, organic flours, their shells, spaghetti, and fettucine are wholesome and delicious. Watch for the new varieties they're continually bringing in, keeping it interesting for us and provocative for our taste buds. Give this local gem a try — you won't be disappointed!