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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It's kind of funny to be writing this on a beautiful, sunny, 57-degree mid-autumn day, but I'm pretty sure it'll feel like full-on winter by the time you read it. One of the most comforting things that I do for myself during the winter months is to make a nice big pot of soup — especially miso soup! Our bulk miso comes from South River Miso, a family-owned, artisan miso company located at South River Farm in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Conway, Mass. They've been making handcrafted, wood-fired, certified organic miso for over 30 years according to a centuries-old Japanese farmhouse tradition — time-honored methods in an atmosphere of respect for careful food preparation that's seen as fundamental to the healing arts. Sometimes it's the small comforts that get you through the winter.