Ultimately, the ancient roots and health benefits of grains are overshadowed by a more decisive factor. “We’re not cooking them because they kind of became in vogue,” says Sycamore’s Punch. “We’re just cooking them because they taste wicked good.”
Several heirloom grain farms are located in Massachusetts, including Four Star Farms in Northfield (www.fourstarfarms.com ), whose grains are sold at Formaggio Kitchen, 244 Huron Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-4750, and at Water Fresh Farm, 151 Hayden Rowe St.,Hopkinton, 508-435-3400; and White Oak Farm in Belchertown (https://sites.google.com/site/whiteoakfarmgrainshare).
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