Hello everyone and Happy Fall! We had a great time last weekend at the Garlic & Arts Festival and got to talk to lots of new folks about local grains and eating whole grains. We wanted to share with you some of the most frequently asked questions, and also some of the really exciting improvements to this year’s shares!

We also had our mill and roller hooked up to a Solar panel, Thanks to our friends Keith and Sarah from Birch Moon Farm, for the demo. We have plans to install our first two photovoltaic pole mounts at the Farm. Hopefully Solar Power at the Bakery Someday too!

We served A lot of Local fresh ground bread samples and everyone was blown away. No Butter needed. We also talked a lot and got a lot of really great questions.

The most frequent question was:

Can I still sign up? Yes! The deadline to sign up for a 2011 grain share is November 15th. Distribution is either the first Saturday (the 3rd) or the second Sunday (the 11th) in December. Your choose which you’d prefer to attend.

And the second most common question was: Do I need special storage?

Nope! We distribute all the grains in their whole form, which is not only the best way to store them, but also maintains their fresh complete nutrition, so that it’s all available to you when you cook them or grind them. You can store your share in your kitchen cabinets – we keep our personal share in glass jars on the counter, so that we can enjoy their beauty.

(this year’s spelt crop just before harvest)

Improvements in 2011

We’re always working to increase the variety, improve the quality, and improve the experience for our shareholders.

* We consolidated the distribution this year, so you will get your entire share in one pickup. Pickup is either the first Saturday (the 3rd) or the second Sunday(the 11th) in December.

* We will have a designated “swap” area set up at the distributions, so that shareholders who don’t want one or more of their grains can find someone to trade with.

* For shareholders, we are going to offer some additional bulk buying options this year. (Please note, this is an add-on to your share, not an a la carte option). The following grains will be available in bulk 25-lb bags:

Zorro Wheat $62.50

Turkey Red Heirloom Wheat $75.00

Heirloom Flour Corn (variety to be announced) $87.50

To add bulk grains to your share, you must email us your order by November 15th. You may pay by check or cash at the pickup. Fifty pound bags are also available, ask for pricing in your email.

* As always, we’ll continue to share recipes and cooking tips through our blogs, and we even hope to bring you some cooking videos soon!

Thanks , and we’re excited for another year filled with locally grown grain goodness!