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
Look for organic sprouted seeds, nuts, and trail mixes from Living Intentions. They're tasty and packed with nutrition!
In May we're bringing in a new line of raw, sprouted, gluten-free, and vegan foods from an exciting new company called Living Intentions! Their delicious products include a wide range of organic sprouted nuts, seeds, and trail mixes. They've also got sprouted grain cereals with ingredients like maca root, astragalus extract, ginseng root, and reishi mushrooms. Otherwise stated, these foods are packed with some serious nutritious goodness and, best of all, they taste great! Examples of some of our incoming selections are: Cilantro Lime Mojo pistachios and pepitas; Spinach Pesto walnuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds; and Maca Honeycomb cereal, just to mention a few. They make great snacks, breakfasts, or nutritionally powered additions to just about anything. We'll be running an introductory sale on these items throughout the month of May, so give 'em a try!