The Greenmarket Regional Grains Project is a program of GrowNYC

In this Issue

Upcoming Market Dates
News & Events: Rye Week
Featured Innovator: Daric Schlesselman of Van Brunt Stillhouse
Featured Grain: Danko and Brasetto Rye
Upcoming Market Dates
The Grainstand  continues its weekly presence at  GrowNYC's Union Square Greenmarket every  Wednesday  and 
Saturday .  

#drinklocal  : Beer & Spirits of New York  pop-ups continue at all of our Grainstand locations. Stay current with pop-up news at ,  and explore what New York State craft beverage producers have to offer at the locations listed in the schedule.

Pre-ordered bulk bags are available at the Union Square Greenmarket every Wednesday and Saturday.  Check availability and pricing here .  
Wholesale orders of $250 or more can be delivered through Greenmarket Co. , GrowNYC's wholesale distribution program. 
For more information or to place an order, email us at
Second Annual
NY State Rye Week!
New York Rye Week
The New York State Assembly has proclaimed October 15th - 20th to be the second annual "New York Rye Week". Join in the celebration of all things New York Rye. Check here for an updated list of events.

Greenmarket Rye Week Events

Oct. 17th & 20th New York Distilling will be our Craft Beverage guest at the Grainstand at Union Square and will feature Empire Rye from several New York distillers.

 October 19th, Friday 'Rye Day' at the Union Square Greenmarket .
Johanna Kindvall, author of Smorgasbord: The Art of Swedish Breads and Savory Treats, will be at market signing books and demonstrating how to cook with rye berries. Other special guests at Rye Day will include Strong Rope Brewery and a number of Empire Rye producers showcasing NY state rye beers and breads and pasta.

P.S. the GRGP Grainstand will be there too!

Monday, Oct. 15.
Taste nine different expressions of New York Rye at the Empire State of Rye, Check Rye Week Events for details.
Featured Innovator: Van Brunt Stillhouse
The Grains team sat down with Daric Schlesselman, half of the husband and wife team behind Van Brunt Distillery. Van Brunt has been making farmhouse style whiskey from New York grown grain since 2012 and is part of the small but devoted group of distillers that originated Empire Rye!

Featured Grain: Rye!

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.

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