A Discussion & Tasting on Local Grains

January 11, 2010 Greenmarket and NOFA-NY's Organic Wheat Project held a Local Grain Discussion and Tasting at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Grain researchers, local growers and processors came together with distillers, brewers and many of the city's top bakers and chefs, to discuss the current state of grain production, quality and processing in our region, and wrestle with the issues and barriers around developing a regional grain system.

Orwasher's, Sullivan Street Bakery, FCI, City Bakery, I Trulli and Hot Bread Kitchen made bread, pastry, pasta and tortillas from locally grown heritage grain, which participants tasted and gave feedback.

The gathering has already led to genuine committments from bakers and millers and is doing much to advance the reality that "locally grown" bread and other grain-based products can one day flourish again in the region. Check out photos from the event below.


WHEAT TASTING

 

 

Praise for the event:

This will always stand as one of a very few events in my professional life where I was witness to the launch of a well-defined and cohesive future.

The tasting was a smash success, and its results should push us dramatically forward on integrating locally grown grains into New York City and other regional markets.

You have really opened all kinds of frontiers for wheat in the northeast.

 

This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York State's investment of $15 million in the construction of a new Greenmarket Regional Food Hub in the Bronx. The hub, which will be used by GrowNYC's Greenmarket Co. program, will be a state-of-the-art 120,000 square foot facility that will greatly increase New Yorkers' access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer.

  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Teach

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.