By Kristie Snyder,
Eating locally is a noble goal, but any Ithacans baking bread with Farmer Ground Flour, grown and milled locally, may not realize how good they have it. Finding local flour is all but impossible in most of this country, and Canada, too. When a Vancouver couple decided to spend a year eating only food grown within 100 miles of their home, flour became their holy grail. Authors of the 2007 book, Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100 Mile Diet, Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon spent eight months deprived of pasta, bread, crackers, pizza and all the other delights that ground wheat can provide. While a previous search yielded nothing but a tubful of weevil-infested wheat berries liberally sprinkled with mouse droppings (which was, reluctantly, discarded), they did finally locate a supply of wheat flour grown within 100 miles of Vancouver. A baking frenzy ensued.
“We were back in the familiar world of carbohydrate loading, and yet it was not the same. I had never imagined the difference fresh flour would make,” wrote MacKinnon. “Everything we made we ate simply, letting the flavor of the wheat stand alone. It tasted -— ancient. We would sit together to break the bread. A sacred act.”
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New in Bulk
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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.