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Farmer Ground Revives New York's Flour Power

By Kristie Snyder,
GreenLeaf Editor

wheat_Weizenfeld_Anfang_Juli_2009Eating locally is a noble goal, but any Ithacans baking bread with Farmer Ground Flour, grown and milled locally, may not realize how good they have it. Finding local flour is all but impossible in most of this country, and Canada, too. When a Vancouver couple decided to spend a year eating only food grown within 100 miles of their home, flour became their holy grail. Authors of the 2007 book, Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100 Mile Diet, Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon spent eight months deprived of pasta, bread, crackers, pizza and all the other delights that ground wheat can provide. While a previous search yielded nothing but a tubful of weevil-infested wheat berries liberally sprinkled with mouse droppings (which was, reluctantly, discarded), they did finally locate a supply of wheat flour grown within 100 miles of Vancouver. A baking frenzy ensued.

“We were back in the familiar world of carbohydrate loading, and yet it was not the same. I had never imagined the difference fresh flour would make,” wrote MacKinnon. “Everything we made we ate simply, letting the flavor of the wheat stand alone. It tasted -— ancient. We would sit together to break the bread. A sacred act.”

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Co-op Grown Volcano Rice is a Blast

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volcano-riceHave 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.

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