In this Issue
Upcoming Market Dates
Annual Grains Field Trip
Recipe of the Month

Upcoming Market Dates
Come find locally grown grains at the following locations!

Grainstand Weekly Markets
 every  Wednesday & Saturday.

Grainstand Pop-up Markets
September 14: Grand Army Plaza (Brooklyn)
September 15: Columbia (Manhattan)
September 21: McCarren Park (Brooklyn)
September 22: Jackson Heights (Queens)
September 28: Fort Greene (Brooklyn)
September 29: 79th street (Manhattan)

*Note: in September we are skipping the first Sunday of the month!*

October 5: Inwood (Manhattan)
October 6: Carroll Gardens (Brooklyn)
October 12: Grand Army Plaza (Brooklyn)
October 13: Columbia (Manhattan)
October 19: McCarren Park (Brooklyn)
October 20: Jackson Heights (Queens)
October 26: Fort Greene (Brooklyn)
October 27: 79th street (Manhattan)
November 2: Inwood (Manhattan)
November 3: Carroll Gardens (Brooklyn)
November 9: Grand Army Plaza (Brooklyn)
November 10: Columbia (Manhattan)
November 16: McCarren Park (Brooklyn)
November 17: Jackson Heights (Queens)
November 23: Fort Greene (Brooklyn)
November 24: 79th street (Manhattan)

December 1: Carroll Gardens (Brooklyn)
December 7: Inwood (Manhattan)
December 8: Columbia (Manhattan)
December 14: Grand Army Plaza (Brooklyn)
December 15: Jackson Heights (Queens)
December 21: McCarren Park (Brooklyn)
December 22: 79th street (Manhattan)
December 28: Fort Greene (Brooklyn)
Pre-ordered bulk bags are available at GrowNYC's Union Square Greenmarket every Wednesday and Saturday, and at any of our pop-up location upon request. 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 .
Annual Grains Field Trip
The story of grain from farm, to mill, to bakery

Amid the chaos of summer harvests, GrowNYC's Grains team visited Lani's Farm, Castle Valley Mill, and Lost Bread Co.

Lani's Farm
While touring Lani’s in Bordentown, NJ, we learned about the unique way the farm uses rotational cropping. Dusan, the farm manager, explained that they never grow the same crop in the same place twice. This helps ensure the utmost soil health, combats weed pressure, and deters pests. Adding small grains to their mostly vegetable operation has been a big part of this strategy in the last few years.

Rye, barley, wheat, and corn are all integral as rotational crops, but they also have a second use in Lani’s expanding test kitchen. You might have noticed the milled wheat and corn for sale at the stand (milled by their neighbors at Castle Valley Mill), as well as the baked goods they now sell using their own wheat and corn flours.

Growing grains has allowed Lani's to expand their menu of value added products as they diversify their farm business. Keep a look out for more prepared foods at Lani’s stand in the future! (Their most recent addition being dumplings. Yum!)

Castle Valley Mill
Our next stop was an idyllic spot along the Neshaminy Creek in Bucks County, PA. This historic property has been a mill site since the 1700’s.

Current owner Mark Fischer told us an incredible story about his grandfather, an expert miller who bought the property and stuffed the barns with antiquated equipment he purchased as mills in the region gradually shut down. At a moment when Mark was assessing his professional career, he cleaned out the dilapidated barn only to find that it still contained all of the equipment necessary to run a fully functioning mill. Mark restored the mill, using the skills he gained as an engineer.

A definite highlight of the trip was watching the antique mills in operation, with the belts turning as the drive train powered each piece of equipment, everything working in synchronicity. At one point during the tour, Mark had to leave. He could tell something had changed in the mill just by the sound and vibration.

Using all local wheat, corn, and oats, Castle Valley produces freshly ground grain that maintains all of the nutritional benefits of the whole grain that commodity flours have stripped away. 

Visit the Grainstand to pick up Castle Valley Mill's products!

Lost Bread Co.
Our last stop was at Lost Bread Co. in Philadelphia. By this point in the day, we were famished. Thankfully we were greeted by Alex Bois and his crew with warmth and hospitality. They immediately offered us their famous garlicky focaccia with local sunflower oil for dipping. Later we sat down with a beautiful spread of foraged mushrooms, ratatouille, and, of course, lots of bread.
Lost Bread Co., a new addition to the Greenmarket community, was founded on the principle of using local grain. Alex is a highly adaptable baker, a necessary quality, he explains, in a climate changing world. He understands the connection between the choice of ingredients and the impact on farms and families. Alex discussed his true goal in all of this to not only feed people, but also nourish communities with affordable and nutritionally dense breads.

Grainstand staff decided Alex's enthusiasm was another highlight of the trip, "It's inspiring to see people who have such a deep commitment to what they are doing, and are willing to try things and learn."

Recipe of the month-
Yellow Pea Flour Savory Pancakes
Yellow pea flour is a delicious, local, gluten free
alternative to wheat and makes a flavorful pancake or pie crust!
  • *2 cup yellow pea flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • *1 cup milk and more as needed
  • *1/2 cured sausage, diced
  • *1/4 lb grated hard cheese
  • *¼ cup chopped scallions
  • *finely chopped herbs of your choice

*Ingredients available at your local Greenmarket (anywhere the Grainstand is present)

  1. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl and combine.
  2. Add milk to the flour mixture and mix well to combine. Do not beat.
  3. Fold scallions, sausage, and cheese into batter. 
  4. Drop ¼ cup of batter into a hot fry pan and cook for 1-2 minutes on both sides.
  5. Plate and top with herbs.  
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