Friends just make life better all around. One of the amazing things about my self-imposed No Grocery Store Challenge, is the assistance I’ve gotten from friends. Knowing that I miss avocados, one will show up at my house after an evening with company, its provenance unknown to me, usually. Or my friend Kristi will share from her CSA box. Kristi’s Austin Farm to Table blog takes her to farmer’s markets all over the country, and she is thoughtful enough to bring me things I can’t get. Yesterday, she brought me 3 pounds of popcorn from a farmer’s market in New York.
It isn’t local to me, but it isn’t from a grocery store, and was grown by a farmer and I’m delighted to have it. I popped some of the red corn in an Antonelli’s Cheese paper bag in the microwave, with no oil, and had it for dinner.
The picture looks a little odd, perhaps the lighting in my kitchen was off. This popcorn was the whitest popcorn I’ve ever seen and tasted great!
I’ve had readers of this blog experiment on bread recipes using 100% Whole Wheat just to help me figure that dilemma out. I finally gave up, because although the bread worked, it was pretty hard to digest. I have missed baking, with the lack of white flour to cut the whole wheat density.
After the paella party we had at my house a few weeks ago, my friend Adam Holzband, upon hearing of this flour difficulty, took it as a personal challenge to find me some local flour. He enlisted his friend Vance Ely, a chef at a local grocery store (here’s the irony) to help in this quest. Both seemed to relish this challenge, and it took a number of phone calls and a lot of legwork to track some locally grown and milled flour down. Saturday I got an email from Adam “It’s here!” Yesterday I went and picked up a 5 pound bag of Homestead Gristmill Stone-Ground Grains, Sifted White Wheat Flour from his house. It is from Waco, and is not available in the grocery store.
I am completely excited to have this local flour, for bread, pasta, pizza dough, tortillas and everything else that I’ve not been able to make. More so, I’m extremely touched at the lengths Adam and Vance went to in tracking this down and getting it for me. Sometimes people surprise me in the best way possible.
The second 6 months of my no grocery store challenge, will hardly be a challenge at all.
UPDATE: http://www.homesteadgristmill.com has an online catalog from which you can order popcorn, cornmeal, their flours and baking mixes. Sweet!