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
Look for new products from Living Intentions, a line of raw, sprouted, vegan, and gluten-free snacks and cereals.
We're adding some new products from our friends at Living Intentions. All of this California-based company's products are raw, sprouted, vegan, and gluten-free. Last month we rolled out our first selections from their terrific product line, and GreenStar shoppers responded very well to the offerings. So this month we're bring you even more: look for several more new products, including sprouted pecans, hazelnuts, and brazil nuts, and a cereal called Cacao Crunch. This superfood cereal contains, among other things, maca root, mineral-dense mesquite pod powder, astragalus root, and reishi mycelium. Whoa. Pick up your favorite milk in the refrigerated section and give it a try. Or just eat it out of the bag. All of the new Living Intentions products will be on a Member Deal sale for the entire month, so stop by the Bulk Department and check 'em out!