Now distributing in New York in addition to Western MA, and Boston!
So many folks over the past two years have been driving all the way from New York we have decided to bring our annual grain distribution to west to Westchester, NY to make it more environmentally friendly and satisfy the growing demand for a NY Grain share distribution!
We're going to take whole corn kernels and transform them into masa (aka hominy) through the process of nixtamalization. This is such a simple and ancient preparation and adds incredible depth and dimension to cooking at home. There are just 4 ingredients. Corn, water...
The Heritage Grain Share
New England’s First CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for flour, grains and beans! The missing link in the burgeoning local food chain, The Hertiage Grain Share was created by Ben Lester in 2008 and has been a huge success. Proving the best quality grains to over 200 members and counting.
The Farmer's Pantry CSA
We have been on a long and dangerously delicious mission to find you the best local farm products around and make them extremely easy to get your hands on and use. Saving you time and money we have searched tirelessly for over ten years to bring these unique and exceptional products
World Class Recipes, Video Instruction and Live Workshops!Ben Lester’s culinary expertise and wealth of knowledge has been indispensable for those looking to become better bakers and cooks especially in the area of using locally grown grains, flours, and beans. Whether you’re a first time baker or have 30 years of experience, Ben’s recipes and tutorials will add a lot to your baking arsenal.
Hello! My name is Ben Lester and I invite you to come with me on a journey into real food ecstasies, community connections, and the nourishing journey of healthy whole food systems! Growing up I was fortunate to have a father who cultivated a deep reverence for that...read more
What Our Members Are Saying
These are just a few examples of the overwhelmingly positive experiences they have!
I’ve been making your cool control whole wheat bread ever since you shared the recipe. It is indeed foolproof, and it is outstanding! Never before have I had success with 100% whole wheat bread and I tried for years. Thank you so much!…
…I made this loaf of rye bread per your instructions and it is outstanding!
Thanks to you, at last I am able to make
consistently excellent 100% whole grain breads.
Now I hope it will be possible to change my 2016 grain CSA from a half share to a full share. I will go the website later on and try to do that.
Many thanks again!Brent Jackson
Grinding wheat berries and other grains to bake with has been part of our lifestyle for many years. When Ben started the PVGH CSA, we jumped at the opportunity to buy wheat that was locally grown. Now, we’ve experimented with the different varieties of wheat available from PVGH, and we have learned what our favorites are for biscuits, cookies, crumble, crusts, etc. The quality is phenomenal, and each year the distribution process has provided increased flexibility of choice. Thank you, PVHG; keep it up!
As someone who chooses not to eat wheat, I’ve gotten a lot of value out of the grain share.
Most of the baking I do is with the oats, buckwheat and corn from the share, which I grind into flour. I’m very happy with the results.
The variety of beans available is wonderful and the popcorn is always a highlight for me.