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Written by Sarah Piper on November 4, 2013in Farm to Fork, Farms, Featured, Local food - 0 Comments
During my college visit road trip — my last as Midwest Fellow, before becoming sustainability manager for Bon Appétit at Denison University — I visited Farm to Fork partner White Mountain Farm. Ernie New was my tour guide on this property in the gorgeous San Luis Valley of Colorado; his son Paul now runs the family business, but Ernie was in charge in 1987 when White Mountain Farm incorporated and started growing organically certified quinoa and potatoes as part of a research project with professors at Colorado State University.
Quinoa has become such a worldwide culinary craze that the UK newspaper the Telegraph reported, “Ethical consumers should be aware poor Bolivians can no longer afford their staple grain, due to western demand raising prices.” That’s been debunked (here and here), but obviously, buying North American-grown quinoa would be one way to assuage any residual guilt.
White Mountain claims to be the only successful large-scale quinoa operation in North America, and Ernie gets more orders than he can fill. (Seriously, he was hesitant to let me visit because he didn’t want me to do any advertising!)
But luckily, he did let me visit, and I picked his brain about this delicious Incan superfood that has inundated health food stores and BAMCO cafés across the country.
Here some of the quinoa truths and myths we discussed: Continue…
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