Grains News & Events



From the latest newsletter:

July 2020, The Grand Dame of Southern Cooking

This month we are featuring Edna Lewis, renowned chef, teacher, and author born in Freetown, VA in 1916. Freetown, a farming settlement community founded by formerly enslaved people (one of whom was Lewis' grandfather), encouraged others through her love of cooking with fresh, local ingredients.

Her deep knowledge of Southern cuisine and African American history has made Lewis one of the most influential figures in American cooking. In a time when female chefs got little recognition, Black chefs even less so, Edna Lewis made history opening Café Nicholson in Manhattan in 1948 with John Nicholson. The café became hugely successful, highlighting Southern cooking and inspiring chefs generations later.

Lewis won the James Beard Living Legend Award in 1995 and was named Grande Dame by Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international organization of female culinary professionals, in 1999. Among her many accomplishments, including writing the perfect rhubarb pie recipe (below), Lewis wrote four books:

The Edna Lewis Cookbook (1972)

The Taste of Country Cooking (1976)

In Pursuit of Flavor (1988)

The Gift of Southern Cooking (2003)


Other readings:

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The Grainstand

Our retail booth for local grains, flours and beans

Union Square Greenmarket, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Check here for the weekly pop-up schedule and here for our rotating craft beverage guests!



Articles that both inform and shed light on our work.

July 2020
New York Times: That Flour You Bought Could be the Future of the U.S. Economy

March 2020
The Boston Globe: Coronavirus Pandemic Should Shift Our Focus to a More Locally Sourced Food Supply

February 2020
Medium: Growing Chestnuts in the Northeast US: a Value Chain Perspective 

February 2020
New York Times: The Whole Grain Grail: A Sandwich Bread With Mass Appeal

February 2020
WBUR: The Beer, Booze and Bread Community is Organizing A Northeast Grainshed

September 2019
WBUR: Back to the Grind (Stone): A Grain Revival Rises in New England

July 2019
Culinary Epicenter: Bread & Beer: Women Leaders in the Slow Grains Movement

June 2019
Smart Brief: Biodiversity Plays a Key Role in the Future of Food

March 2019
Edible Manhattan: The Standard East Village is Making Some of the Very Best Bread in New York

December 2018
Edible Manhattan: The Regional Grains Taking New York's Best Bread to the Next Level

April 2018
The New Food Economy: Rural Kansas is Dying, I Drove 1,800 Miles to Find Out Why

 December 2017
Bloomberg Pursuits: Bread is the Dish of the Year

December 2017
Civil Eats: Grain Mills Can Be Cornerstones of Local Food Economies

November 2017
Grace Links: Local Grains and the Locavore's Changing Landscape

November 2017
Edible BrooklynWhat to Make With New York's Regional Grains

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The Story Behind Breuckelen Distilling's NY-Grown Single Malt Whiskey

Learn how one farmer's "bad crop" became a distiller's dream ingredient, thanks to masterminds Brad Estabrooke of Breuckelen Distilling, grain farmer Thor Oechsner, and maltsters Andrea and Christian Stanley of Valley Malt.

As New York City and State responds to COVID-19, we want to update you on the steps we are taking--and recommending to you--to maintain GrowNYC Greenmarkets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites as vital community spaces in this time of uncertainty.

  • Food Access & Agriculture

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

  • Conservation

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

    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.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.