Local Grain Bowls
Sourcing Grain Locally
Over the past several years, super foods have made their way into the diets of Americans across the country. Quinoa, faro, and grains alike qualify as these types of super foods, encompassing a high nutritional component that help people live a healthy (and tasty) life.
“The Whole Grains Council reports that whole grains can help reduce the risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, asthma, carotid arteries, inflammation, and colorectal cancer, as well as help with weight control, gum disease, and blood-pressure levels” (Foodnavigator, 2014).
Because of progressive and innovative farming, these types of food are more available and aid in combating disease. However, there is another reality on how our demand has on the locations and communities we are sourcing from.
Quinoa in Bolivia
Quinoa is a very popular grain and is eaten all over the United States. Quinoa sourced from Bolivia is in high demand in rich countries such as the United States and Europe.
On a positive note, the demand has helped raise farmers’ incomes in one of the world’s poorest countries. However, the tradeoff as it turns out is that fewer Bolivians can now afford the grain, pushing them towards cheaper, processed foods and eliminating the nutritional benefit they had once received from quinoa being apart of their daily diet (New York Times, 2011).
“The shift offers a glimpse into the consequences of rising global food prices and changing eating habits in both prosperous and developing nations. While quinoa prices have almost tripled over the past five years, Bolivia’s consumption of the staple fell 34 percent over the same period, according to the country’s agricultural ministry (New York Times, 2011).
Kittle House Local Grains from Wild Hive Farm
Although we are a small business in the great scheme of New York, we are a gigantic advocate of sourcing, not just locally, but from sustainable growers. We are proud to support Wild Hive Farm, which was founded to promote sustainable agriculture in our region by promoting grain-based local agriculture. The mission of Wild Hive’s operator, Don Lewis, is committed to the production of locally grown and milled high quality flour.
Sourcing locally means that we are still getting these great grains, but we’re also keeping the money in the local economy. And with a dedicated grower and miller like Wild Hive, we are also supporting local, sustainable agriculture and reducing the stress of the land and eliminating any use of pesticides.
From tasting the grains ourselves to the raving reviews we receive from our customers, you can just taste the quality of these delicious items on our menu.
The next time you’re here at the Kittle House, make sure to stop and taste the delicious grains we get from Wild Hive.
NEW! Kittle House Grain Bowls!
And what could be better than to put these grains to use in our new Kittle House Grain Bowls! Chef Jay has been experimenting in the kitchen to find the ultimate pairings for each of our sustainable grains, like our Red Quinoa or the Ancient Einkorn provided by Don Lewis.
Hungry? Come try one of our newest additions; the Hudson Valley Bowl and Falafel Bowl.
Hudson Valley Bowl
Roasted chickpeas, cranberry beans, rye berries, turnips, seasonal grilled veggies, kale, alderney cheese, and topped with a poached duck egg.
Falafel, roasted chickpeas, quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, hummus, and tahini.
Wild Hive Whole Grain Bowl
Einkorn berries, roasted tomato, red onion, marcona almonds, walnuts, baby spinach, yogurt, mint.