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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New in Bulk
|That Java Jive|
Coffee lovers, we've brought in a few new organic varieties for you, and this month one of them is a Member Deal at just $8.99/lb!
In Bulk this spring, we have a few new coffees to celebrate — all Fair Trade, all organic, and all seriously delicious. First up is the Natural Blend from Gimme! This was my personal favorite in recent taste tests: hard not to like hints of chocolate- covered cherries and blueberries (YUM!!). Since Gimme! stopped production of the longtime favorite Fractivist blend after New York state banned fracking, this is what I chose to replace it. Next up is Papua New Guinea from Tierra Farm. I brought this in because coffee grown in Papua is said to actually be alkalizing to the body (coffee is usually acidic). Last, but definitely not least, is a single-origin Mexican Coffee from Tierra Farm — back by popular demand. To sweeten the pot, we'll be offering the Mexican Coffee this April at the great Member Deal price of $8.99/lb.