VOORHEESVILLE, N.Y. — To demonstrate the local grain economy, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Albany and Ulster Counties are holding an online tour of Philmont Community Bakery and Hawthorne Valley Bakery on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT. Philmont Community Bakery has a New American Mill and Hawthorne Valley Bakery has a Meadows Mill which are used for grinding flour from local grain. Grain farmers, and farmers who want to grow grain, will learn about local grain markets and get a look at these two small-scale mills that process grains. Bakers and those who want to start a bakery will see how baking is done on a small-scale learn why these two bakeries mill a portion of their own flour. We will also take a couple of minutes to explain the 20-C commercial processing license issued from NYS Ag & Markets which is needed for grinding flour and baking.
Over the past few years food grain production in the Northeast has been making a comeback. There is strong interest in local food, and the current pandemic has illustrated the importance of producing food locally to make it assessable. Recently, CCE held an online tour of Ardent Mill in Albany that serves the entire Northeast. This second tour will focus on small-scale regional millers/bakers and farmers, to illustrate what is referred to as the local grain economy. This online tour and discussion will help you understand the challenges and opportunities in the local grain economy.
Register online ($5) at https://tinyurl.com/OnlineBakeryTour to receive an internet link to the meeting. For those new to Zoom online meetings, a practice session will be held at 6 pm. For program questions contact Aaron Gabriel (CCE – Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program), 518-380-1496, email@example.com or Christian Malsatski (CCE – Ulster), 845-340-3990, firstname.lastname@example.org. For registration questions contact email@example.com.
—Aaron Gabriel, Cornell Cooperative Extension