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
|Locally Spouted Nuts!|
By Joe Damiano,
Organic nutritional yeast?! Yes. And new locally sprouted nuts, more snack mixes, and local, organic dog treats — in Bulk!
Lots of new products have been rolling into Bulk, so let’s talk about some of the latest and greatest. Something I’ve been trying to source for a long time is now here — organic nutritional yeast! Produced in Germany, and European Union Organic Certified, this product is free of GMO’s, gluten, and soy! Loaded with B vitamins and minerals, it’s low in fat and sodium and high in fiber. Other new products include more varieties of sprouted nuts from our neighbors at Emmy’s Organics: sprouted curry cashews, sprouted spicy cashews, and sprouted walnuts with coconut sugar — all delightful! Other new snacks for your nibbling pleasure include miso curry nut mix, hickory-smoked almonds, and ginger snaps, to name a few. We’re even adding a new organic dog treat from Bo’s Bones, a small, sustainable local business that uses locally grown organic ingredients. So stroll on over to Bulk — you never know what may be waiting for you.