Honest Weight Food Coop has a new store, and I got to break in the new teaching kitchen. The day after it opened, I offered a Flour Tour and treated a dozen people to my flour evangelism.
The gist of this mission is to use whole grain flours, preferably stone milled, and made from grains grown nearby. I used Farmer Ground Flour because they are the perfect example of these properties. The flours I get from them are stone milled from organic grains grown in New York, mostly around Ithaca.
I love their flavor, freshness, and the way they work in the bowl. I made buckwheat rye crepes for the class to show off these flours, and the combination is now at the top of my list. I wake up in the morning and my mouth wanders there.
I loved telling people what I know about grains and flour. I wasn’t sure how I’d fill the time, but more than an hour flew by. I talked about how they are grown, and how they are milled. People had good questions about how flour works. I couldn’t answer some questions about nutrition – like what is the most nutritious flour. I have as many questions about that as answers.
Is flour nutritious at all? Shouldn’t we just eat whole grains? Don’t ask me to go down the Paleo Path. There I will not go.
Nutrition is such a roulette wheel – each answer I have is countered by other things I’ve read. Anything I say feels like it could be undermined by the next round of guidance, so I try to deliver everything with that caveat.
We ate the crepes with scapes and yogurt and feta, like the recipe I posted here. I passed around jars with samples from the other New York State mills, North Country Farms and Champlain Valley Milling.
The room at Honest Weight is great – a super oven, nice light from a wall of windows. What a nice place to be with people and exchange information. I got to see the classroom from the other side a few days later as Nicci Cagan taught fermentation. Francis and I are already devouring the beautiful pink kraut we made that day. Sure, it could have sat longer on the counter, but we were eager!
Colie Collen has a whole slew of classes planned, and is open to suggestions. What do you want to know? She can find someone to show you.