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Featured Grain of the Month: Danko and Brasetto Rye
From the latest newsletter....
October, 2018 - Rye, one of the cereal grains, is a cousin of wheat which originated from wild species native to Turkey and is mostly associated with central and eastern Europe where it emerged in the archaeological record as early as 1800 BCE.
Rye is cold tolerant and can thrive in poor soils. It was brought to the U.S. by European colonists where it helped establish agriculture in the mid-Atlantic and the northeast.
Corn & rye bread was a regional specialty in the early years of the republic until wheat was established in the Ohio Valley where it could be produced cheaply and efficiently and quickly took over the bread market. Prohibition was the last straw (so to speak) for rye and growing for grain was no longer viable as products made with rye fell out of fashion.
Our retail booth for local grains and beans
Union Square Greenmarket, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.