IS TO BRING YOU A PANCAKE SO GOOD
YOU'LL NEVER GO BACK
IS HERITAGE GRAINS,
IN SMALL BATCHES,
AND NO TRICKS.
IS THAT YOU LOVE THEM.
Heritage grains are grains that have been saved from seed for thousands of years; not cooked up in a lab.
Heritage grains taste better than modern grains, they are better for you, and they are better for the earth.
By contrast, most modern grains have been engineered for yield & profitability - not for flavor, not for your health. They are eroding the precious biodiversity of our food system, depleting the health of the soil, and they are making our food taste worse while they’re at it.
By definition, heritage grains are also Non-GMO, whether they are certified so or not. This subject is far more complex than the question: Are GMO foods safe to eat? GMO foods are bad for biodiversity, bad for social & economic justice, bad for the soil, bad for the resilience of our regional foodsheds, bad for long-term pest management, bad for local ecologies, and really bad for family farms. Read more at Farm Aid.
Stone grinding whole grains is the way people ate grains for most of our history as a species. What goes into the mill as grain comes out of the mill as flour. It delivers everything good that a grain has to offer.
By contrast, the modern ‘roller mill’ splits the grain before milling it. Most of what is good for you is removed. Some of it is replaced by chemically replicated imitations. This is what “enriched flour” means - even when it’s labeled “whole grain”.
It’s a trick.
It’s all so that the flour can sit on a shelf for a year or two before you buy it. They remove what makes it nutritious, in order to make it shelf stable.
All food used to be small batch.
Grain, like fruit, like vegetables, is seasonal. Each harvest has slightly different characteristics than the one before it. Blue Corn grown on one farm has a subtly different taste than that grown on another farm. We celebrate that.
By contrast, most modern grains are grown for uniformity, combined in large batches to eliminate any unique characteristic in the name of consistency.
We also don’t want farmers all growing the same eight crops, each one the genetically engineered intellectual property of an enormous corporate entity. That’s how you end up eating a product, not a food.
The world can be richer and tastier than that. And it’s small farmers who are leading the way. Read more about our small-farm sourcing.
No tricks means clean label products. Look at our ingredient labels. We’re proud of every single thing on them.
No tricks means no shortcuts. Look at our sourcing records. We are proud to work with the finest farmers of a new generation, bringing back biodiversity, healthful farming practices, and unparalleled flavor to the 21st century food system.
No tricks means doing the hard work.Long Table Pancakes is a proud member of the Artisan Grain Collaborative, working together with bakers, chefs, nonprofits, farmers, millers, distributors, agriculture researchers, and many others to create a regenerative food system. Learn more about the AGC.
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