Grains Publications

Case Study: Wide Awake, a Locally Grown Bakery

This artisan bakery near Ithaca, NY, is breaking ground not only by baking flawless bread with local grains, but also by spearheading business strategies like its partnership with a leading grain farmer - Thor Oechsner - and miller - Farmer Ground Flour - just a few miles down the road. The Greenmarket Regional Grains Project is proud to feature Wide Awake in our series of case studies, produced with the Organic Growers Research and Information-Sharing Network, to address the need for information on how to start businesses in small-scale grain-processing and baking. Through this initiative, funded by the USDA's Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program, GRGP is working to spur the development and growth of the regional grains system.

Marketing Local Grains in the Northeast

Consumer demand for locally grown grains has created new market opportunities for farmers and grain processors in the Northeast. The Greenmarket Regional Grains Project and the Organic Growers Research and Information-Sharing Network teamed up to produce this tool, which identifies which grains grow best in the region, the markets available for them, and the quality standards required to sell into those markets, as well as key sales strategies. Through this initiative, funded by the USDA's Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program, GRGP is working to spur the development and growth of the regional grains system.

Case Study: Small Valley Milling, The  Evolution of a Grain-Processing Facility on a Family Farm

In an effort to address the need for information on how to start businesses in small-scale grain-processing and baking, the Greenmarket Regional Grains Project and the Organic Growers Research and Information-Sharing Network teamed up to produce a series of case studies on successful entrepreneurs working with regional grains. Read about Small Valley Milling, the multi-generational family who built a thriving grains-processing enterprise over decades. Through this initiative, funded by the USDA's Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program, GRGP is working to spur the development and growth of the regional grains system.

Case Study: Valley Malt, Bringing Back the Local Malt House

In an effort to address the need for information on how to start businesses in small-scale grain-processing and baking, the Greenmarket Regional Grains Project and the Organic Growers Research and Information-Sharing Network teamed up to produce a series of case studies on successful entrepreneurs working with regional grains. Read about Valley Malt, the pioneering maltsters behind one of the few micro-malting facilities in the northeast. Through this initiative, funded by the USDA's Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program, GRGP is working to spur the development and growth of the regional grains system.

From Farm to Bakery: Building Value Chains for Regionally Grown and Milled Grains

In our first grant-funded initiative, we launched a wholesale distribution pilot - matching regional flour mills with commercial and home bakers in NYC - and produced the Farm to Bakery report. Funded by the USDA Federal State Marketing Improvement Program, the project was a partnership with the NY Industrial Retention Network, the NY State Dept. of Agriculture & Markets, and NOFA-NY.

Grains Guide

The definitive reference guide to grains grown in the Northeast, from their basic anatomy to what to look for when you're buying fresh flour.

15 Reasons to Eat Locally Grown Grain

We started with three, but the list just kept growing! 

This year, why not make some resolutions you can actually stick to? Here are some of what we'll be doing to improve ourselves, our city and our environment in 2017.

  • 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.