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Greenmarket Grains Team Roadtrips to the Hudson Valley for Annual Grains Harvest Field Trip 

Barley just before the harvest at Ken Migliorelli's farm in Tivoli, NY

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August, 2018 - This summer the Greenmarket Grains team set out on the open road to explore the innovative ways farmers, brewers, and bakers are incorporating the burgeoning bounty of northeastern grains into their breads, beers, and fields. For this trip, we focused on the Hudson Valley, diving deep into the grains scene of Columbia and Greene counties.

Our first stop was at Migliorelli Farm, which was one of the last farms to operate in New York City. As a child, Ken Migliorelli first learned farming in the Bronx, where Co-op city now stands. In the late 1950's, his father moved the family to Tivoli, NY in Columbia County where Ken still manages the original farm (plus an additional 900 acres). Migliorelli farm stands dot the mid-Hudson Valley, and Ken sells his acclaimed fruits and vegetables at 12 GrowNYC Greenmarkets. As he walked us through his barley and rye fields, Ken explained how he originally tried growing grain when Greenmarket first required bakers to use 15% local grain, but he struggled with fusarium head blight . Over the years, he has found a stable market for barley and rye with distillers and brewers like Coppersea , who use Migliorelli rye for their Empire Rye . Ken also established his own on-farm brewery, From the Ground, with brew master J ake Cirell, and he sells grains for animal feed to Quattro's Game Farm, a Greenmarket poultry producer.

Dirt hounds take note: since adding small grains to his rotations, Ken's soil organic matter has increased by a whopping 1.5-3%. Excellent! Proof that partaking in a NYS beer or cocktail helps establish a more sustainable local food system. Cheers!

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EVENTS 

The Variety Showcase

Monday September 24, Project Farmhouse

12 p.m. and 5 p.m.

This year the Culinary Breeding Network is partnering with GrowNYC to bring the VARIETY SHOWCASE to Project Farmhouse in New York City. This event is an interactive mixer designed to build community between plant breeders, organic farmers and eaters where attendees have the unique experience to taste new and in-development vegetable, fruit & grain cultivars with the breeders that created them, share opinions, talk about needs & preferences and learn about the importance of organic plant breeding.

The event includes a series of tables featuring plant breeders with examples of their breeding work. The tables provide attendees with a tangible example of the bio-diversity being created with organic production and flavor in mind. Each breeder is paired with a chef that creates a dish that highlights the breeding project and samples are tasted by attendees.

The ticketed, indoor Variety Showcase NYC will be held at two times - DAYTIME (12:00 - 3:00 pm) and EVENING (5:00 - 8:00 pm). Please note there are different breeders and chefs at each time. There will also be interactive tables at a free, public outdoor space 2 blocks away at the Union Square Greenmarket from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. Tickets are $100 and available HERE. {Make sure to choose your desired time from the drop down menu.}

The Grainstand 

GRGP's retail outlet for grains & beans from our region.

Wednesdays and Saturdays at Union Square Greenmarket

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Check here for the Rotating Pop-up.

 

PRESS 

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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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