local beans and grains — get ’em while they’re hard

Need some local grains and beans for your winter pantry?

I received two notices from the Willamette Farm & Food Coalition, an organization that is working hard on replenishing our local food shed.  I’m so impressed by the efforts of these farmers.  I’ve had Stalford pintos and garbanzos, and recommend both. (I see there aren’t any garbanzos this year, though.  Alas.)

1)  There is a new Bean and Grain Booth at the Lane County Farmers’ Market (8th and Oak) for the next four Saturdays — Oct 16, 23, 30 and Nov 6.   Products available include: Whole Wheat Bread Flour and Brown Teff Flour from Hunton’s Farm; Whole Wheat Bread and Pastry Flour from Greenwillow Grains (Stalford Farms); and a variety of heirloom dry beans from Lonesome Whistle Farm.

Pricing at Farmers’ Market Booth:

Greenwillow Grains (Certified Organic)

  • 3 lb Whole Wheat Bread or Pastry Flour – $5.50
  • 5 lb Whole Wheat Bread or Pastry Flour – $8.95  

Hunton’s Farm (Transitional Organic)

  • 4 lb Whole Wheat Bread Flour – $5.50
  • 4 lb Brown Teff Flour – $14.50
  • 1 lb Brown Teff Flour – $3.75  

Lonesome Whistle’s Heirloom Dry Beans

  • 1 lb bag, all varieties – $6

Also of note:  Lonesome Whistle also has a bean CSA.  I bought some of their on-the-cob Dakota black popcorn on the cob a few weeks ago, and it is drying in my back room.  Can’t wait to try it!

Lonesome Whistle Farm’s Heirloom Dry Beans CSA

Lonesome Whistle’s organically grown heirloom dry beans are also available through their 2010 fall CSA. There are only 9 shares remaining. The CSA features 8 heirloom varieties (listed above). Shares will be ready for pickup in November. Lonesome Whistle is asking for a $30 deposit to reserve your share.   One share will provide you with 24 pounds of beans (~1/2 pound per/week/year) at $5.50 a pound = $132.    Two shares will provide you with 48 pounds of beans (~1 pound per/week/year) = $264.   There is also a Dakota Black Popcorn share available (5 pounds at $5.50 per pound) = $27.50   To reserve your spot, please contact Jeff or Kasey at (541) 345-3415 or jeffandkasey@lonesomewhistlefarm.com

2)  The first annual Fill-Your-Pantry farmers market looks like a great opportunity to interact with bean and grain farmers, absolutely worth the drive up to Corvallis.  Several of these folks are converting land used for other crops (like grass seed) over to food. Yay!  The prices are quite good, too.

1st Annual Willamette Valley Fill-Your-Pantry Market

Saturday, October 23, 2010 2-5 p.m.

A2R Farms, 7205 Cutler Lane, Corvallis

(2 miles west of Corvallis Municipal Airport off Airport Rd.)

Purchase staples (grains, flour, beans, seeds, winter storage produce, honey, meats, canned fish, etc.) directly from local farmers and fishers. Stock your pantry for the winter. List of foods available below, including growing method (conventional, natural, certified organic or transitional to Organic) and price per pound. Orders for over 100 pounds of a single item (e.g. oats) must be reserved by October 19th.   Smaller orders should be reserved as supply is limited. Or, may be purchased at event. All orders must be picked up at the event. Payment by cash or check only. Oregon Trail tokens available after 3 p.m..   Send your order to sunbow@peak.org. By Oct. 19th. Please include farm, item and quantity.   Check for updates only at: www.tenriversfoodweb.org. This event is sponsored by by South Willamette Valley Bean and Grain Project and Ten Rivers Food Web.

Fill-Your-Pantry Market Product List

Stalford Farm, Tangent, OR. Harry Stalford and Willow Coberly

Certified Organic Bean and Grain production. Product List: Soft White Wheat berries (for pastry flour) 75 centls/lb Hard Red Wheat Berries (for yeast breads) 75cents/lb Oats: Hull-less $2.00 /lb (Can also be used for seed.) Raw oats w/ hulls for animal feed: 50 cents/lb Steel Cut Oats $1.50/lb DEPENDING on if we can get processed in time. Rolled Oats $1.50/lb DEPENDING on if we can get processed in time. Scottish Oatmeal (coarsely stone ground oatmeal) $1.50/lb Malting barley $1.50/lb Beans: Pintos $2.00/lb .$1.50/lb if 5 lbs or more ordered Pre-order only/delivery later Beans DEPENDING on harvest outcome (marketable qty’s) Flour: W. W. Hard red (for yeast breads) $1/lb W.W. Soft white (for pastries) $1/lb

A2R Farm, Corvallis. Mike Robinson and Clint Lindsey

Transitioning 800 acres from conventional exported rye grass seed to local Certified Organic Bean, Grain and Seed production. Product list: Hard Red Wheat Berries-50 cents/lb Soft White Wheat Berries- 50 cents/lb Brown Flax-$2/lb Hull-less Oats: Rolled-$1/lb Depending if we get it processed in time. Whole-$2/lb ( can also be used for seed) Cayuse Oats- for feed- $40 cents/lb.

Sunbow Farm, Corvallis, Harry MacCormack

Certified Organic for 26 years – produce, bean and grain Product list: Triticale- cross between wheat and rye $2/lb Garlic- Not cleaned . Store in cook dark place, with necks. $4/lb Fava bean- $2/lb

J & D Farms, Harrisburg, Darrell Smucker

Conventional growing methods. Product list: Soft white wheat berries 2.50/10lbs or $9/50lbs.100lbs available

Horseshoe Creek Farm, Albany Paul and Elnora Harcombe Naturally grown- without chemicals or synthetic fertilizer Product list: Whole Barley- Barley with hull. De-hull with blender then sieve to remove chaff.Then grind into flour. $1/lb. 300 lbs available

GoodFoot Farm, Hoskins Beth Hoinacki and Adam Ryan

Certified Organic. Product list: Potatoes—Bintje, German Butterball, Yellow Finn, Canela russet.  $1/lb, 5 pound minimum purchase.  Additional varieties may be available at the event in limited amounts. Onions—cured Walla Walla and yellow storage.  $0.75/lb, 5 pound minimum purchase. Winter Squash—Delicata and Amber Cup.  $0.75/lb, 5 pound minimum purchase. Garlic, bulk—long keeping softneck.  $4/pound, 1 pound minimum. Garlic, plain braid—approximately 2 pounds of garlic in a braid.  $10 each. Garlic, fancy braid—approximately 2 pounds of garlic in a braid with our choice of herbs and flowers.  $12 each

Harmony J.A.C.K. Farms, Scio, The Westlund Family

Certified organic. Product List: Whole Chickens Whole chicken is 3-4 pounds. Cut into pieces or cook whole.  Great for grilling or roasting. Left over bones make a nutritious and versatile stock. 2-3# $12 3-4# $16 4-5# $20.

Beef Club Box (10 Pounds)

Many customers want the benefits of buying a half a cow, but do not have the freezer or eaters to make such a large commitment.  So, now you can order a share that is much smaller, offering you the same diversity within each box that you would find when ordering a larger quantity. Each Beef Club Box includes: 3-4 pounds of lean ground beef (1 pound pkgs) 3-4 pounds of roast or ribs 3-4 pounds of steaks (1-2 steaks per pkg). 10# mixed beef box $65.

Pork Club Box (10 lb. total wt.) with cured products

Many customers want the benefits of buying a half a pig, but do not have the freezer or eaters to make such a large commitment. So, now you can order a share that is much smaller, offering you the same diversity within each box that you would find when ordering a larger quantity. Each Pork Club Box includes: 3-4 pounds of lean ground pork (1 pound pkgs) 3-4 pounds of roast, hams or ribs 3-4 pounds of chops (1-2 per pkg) or bacon (does contain nitrates/nitrites).  10# mixed pork box (with cured meats) $60.

Pork Club Box (10 lb. total wt.) with NO cured products

Many customers want the benefits of buying a half a pig, but do not have the freezer or eaters to make such a large commitment.  So, now you can order a share that is much smaller, offering you the same diversity within each box that you would find when ordering a larger quantity. Each Pork Club Box includes: 3-4 pounds of lean ground pork (1 pound pkgs) 3-4 pounds of roast or ribs 3-4 pounds of chops (1-2 per pkg). 10# mixed pork box (with NO cured meats) $60.

Open Oak Farm, Sweet Home Andrew Still , Sarah Kleeger and Cooper Boydston

Transitional. Product List: The following winter root veggies come in a 4 gallon bucket with sawdust. Store in cool, dry and dark place Beets $1.50/lb !0 lb minimum and pre-order only. Rutabagas, turnips, daikon and winter radish $1/lb 10 lb minimum. Pre-order only. Canadian rye berries $2/lb 5 lb bag

Soilsmith Services, Corvallis Shepard Smith

Product List: Honey: 2010 Raw/unfiltered/UNHEATED Blackberry Honey from the Coast Range Quarts – $12 Pints 16oz – $7 Garlic- grown by Shep at Sunbow Farm and Certified Organic: Enchelium “softneck” garlic- cleaned w/o neck. $5/lb Thermal Compost: $3/ gal. zip-loc sample bags. 3.5 lbs Great for house plants showing “positive” plant response. Inoculate by putting a layer of compost on top of plant soil. Feeds 10 plants

Queen Bee Apiaries, Corvallis, Karen Finley and Tad Buford

Product List: Honey-Raw/Unfiltered from wildfflowers 12 oz glass jar $4 Quarts $10 1 Gallon-12lbs- $36 Pre order only 4 gallon bucket- 48 lbs- $100 Pre order only

Canned Fish Oregon’s Choice Gourmet Seafoods, Newport, Herb & Ginny Goblersch

Order directly from them at www.oregonschoice.com, Pick up at the event. When ordering on-line there is no way around the shipping charges BUT they will be refunded! Please type Pantry Pick-up in the ‘special instructions’ box during checkout. The shipping cost will be refunded to your card after the order is placed. To order by phone, call 541-929-8862.

4 thoughts on “local beans and grains — get ’em while they’re hard

  1. Sara 16 October 2010 / 8:42 am

    Exciting! I think we are putting together a group to buy from the fill your pantry event. I work 3 days a week in Corvallis, so hate to drive up again on the weekend, but it should be worth it.

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  2. Liz 16 October 2010 / 8:57 am

    Thank you so much for sharing. I hope folks will get on board with the local beans, grains and winter crops, and support our local farmers who are thinking broadly about how to feed all of us here in the Willamette Valley.

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  3. Elin England 19 October 2010 / 11:13 am

    Yay Beans and Grains! I am working on a follow up book to my first (Eating Close to Home), this one on local beans, grains, nuts and seeds. As I did with ECH, I’ll be including recipes from as many folks in our community as I can get, so after you stock your pantry (and new freezer)and start playing with all those wonderful goods, let me know of any good recipes that you come up with!

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  4. Eugenia 20 October 2010 / 6:39 am

    Hi Elin,

    I’m glad to hear you’re working on a new cookbook. Your last book, Eating Close to Home, raised money for WFFC and other great programs — thanks so much! If you like, you can search this site for “beans” for some of the recipes I’ve developed using local beans in the past couple of years.

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