Quinoa – Yojana Miraya

With all of my interest in quinoa these days (if you haven’t seen the Food for Thought short film about quinoa and Blake Richard, you should check it out), it seemed like fate that I would meet Yojana Miraya.

Yojana is a student in the Masters Program for Community and Environment at Humboldt State University and friend of co-producer Jessica Eden.  She was raised in the Andes where quinoa was a staple food for her indigenous community.  Small amounts were grown for the village, none of it made the long arduous journey to the coast to be shipped away to other markets.

Listen to her story about indigenous foods of the Andes and how quinoa was part of her daily life.

Cultured Life Food – Kate Brown

Kate Brown is from the south — as you can immediately tell by her soft southern accent.  How does a gal from the south end up in Arcata making ghee, quinoa flour and gomasio?  Well, the highest quality ingredients are certainly here and readily available.

Let’s start with ghee — yep, clarified butter (buttahhhhhh) with the solids removed to make it super shelf stable and also changing the consistency for many recipes.  It all starts with Rumiano butter (yes, my favorite butter), and heated so that all those pesky solids float to the top and are removed.  Put into a lovely jar and it is ready to go…I’ve heard somewhere that ghee would last for thousands of years but I go through it too fast to test that one out.

Next quinoa flour — if you’ve been following the Food for Thought film project, you can learn a lot about local farmer Blake Richard who has been bringing us locally grown quinoa for several years now.  That is the quinoa for the quinoa flour.

Finally the gomasio — a combination of sesame seeds (not local) and salt — yep, this one is from Bryon Duty at Pacific Flake.

As they say — if you got it, flaunt it — and of course Humboldt County does.

Listen here for the story of the ghee

Listen here for the story about the quinoa flour and gomasio

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Wild Rose Farm, Blake and Tae Richard

New short film about Blake Richard and locally produced quinoa here!

I came across Tae at the farmers market in Arcata one lovely Saturday morning — and there he sat behind a colorful mound of…what?!  Quinoa?!  Seriously — have you seen quinoa?  Who is going to grow and harvest such a small seed — well, I’ll tell you who — Tae and his father Blake!  So I got a hold of Blake and talked him into coming in for an interview — we talked about all of the wonderful veg they are growing and their start in this very new venture.  So…do you know that the only other domestic producers of quinoa are in Colorado?  and there is only one farmer there that grows it.  Hats off to Tae and Blake — pick up some of their beautiful multicolored quinoa and support their new enterprise!  Quinoa salads all around!

Quinoa Harvest 2016

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