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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|Co-op Goodness in Every Cup|
By Joe Damiano,
Peruvian family farmers to you, try Coyona Peruvian Naturals coffee. It's an amazing Fair Trade product at an amazing price.
Don't miss a new coffee with a great, unique taste (and a nice price — $7.99/lb!) that's slated to have a limited run here at GreenStar. Coyona Peruvian Naturals comes directly from the small village of 500 that I visited with Equal Exchange last year. The location of this region of Peru, just on the edge of jungle and desert, means the beans can dry naturally within the juicy sweetness of the coffee cherry, in a quick and uniform manner. These beans (the ones the farmers usually keep for themselves!) offer a stronger, deeper flavor. Only a handful of U.S. coops get to partake of these beans, roasted by Equal Exchange in the French Roast style, which caramelizes the sweetness and brings out the fruity and deep earth flavors. This micro-lot buy (with no organic certification paperwork because of its size) has really helped the farmers of Coyona financially! This is just one more way that we, as a co-op, differ from a regular food store in our practices and impact.