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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New in Bulk

Wake Up to Wide Awake Granola and More

Joe Damiano,
Bulk Department Manager

Wide Awake Rooster LogoWide 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!

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