By Kristie Snyder,
Eating 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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|Wild About Wild Rice|
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!