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
|From Biosphere Nucleus to Your Cup: Bird of Paradise Fair Trade Coffee|
A hot cup of organic Fair Trade coffee is just the thing for these nippy autumn mornings. We're bringing back some favorites.
We have a couple of great organic, Fair Trade coffees returning to Bulk in October. One is a very flavorful, low-acidity Sumatran from Tierra Farm. The other, Bird of Paradise — a great-tasting Co-op favorite last year — comes to us from Equal Exchange. Since its availability is limited, we're running a sale on it at $9.99/lb. for its first month back! Bird of Paradise coffee is grown in Mexico's El Triunfo Biosphere Preserve, a lush, dynamic park that contains many micro-ecosystems ranging from tropical rainforests to high, misty cloud forests to low wetlands. The core of the reserve, or nucleus, is restricted to conservation and scientific activity. The buffer zone surrounding the nucleus is a working landscape where sustainable development is allowed. There, a cooperative of farmers grows coffee using natural techniques that invest in the biosphere reserve, in the health of the soil and of the coffee trees, and therefore in the quality of the coffee beans.