16 Jul '12, 1pm

Small-scale grain producers looking 2 solve a missing piece in the local-foods puzzle: via @Grist

Small-scale grain producers looking 2 solve a missing piece in the local-foods puzzle: via @Grist

Carolina Gold Rice from Anson Mills. Community-supported agriculture (CSA) households know the cries. “So many sweet potatoes!” “Tomatillos again ?” But “Oh, man — more whole wheat flour!”? Not so much. Yet that may be coming. On the East Coast, Virginia’s Moutoux Orchards is growing and milling wheat and barley to nestle beside produce, dairy, eggs, and meat in its Full Diet CSA. To the west, Windborne Farm of northern California offers a grain CSA featuring not just wheat and barley, but also rare grains like teff and millet raised using a pair of draft horses . All over the country, small grain farmers like these may soon place the last piece in the local-foods puzzle. There is no question that fruits and vegetables have been the backbone of the locavore movement. The number of farmers markets in the U.S. has increased 400 percent since 1994, while CSAs grew from a hand...

Full article: http://grist.org/locavore/small-scale-grains-another-piec...

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