Thursday, September 13, 2007

What's for Breakfast? Frankferd Farms

It's all well and good to eat local produce and meat for lunch and dinner. But, what can you eat for breakfast? Well, this one I know the answer to! A local organic farm, Frankferd Farms, grows and mills their own grains. From these, they make an organic buckwheat pancake mix to die for, sold at the East End Food Co-op. Two pounds worth is $2.89. The ingredients are Buckwheat Flour, Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, Corn Meal, Soy Flour, Monocalcium Phospate, Baking Soda and sea salt. To this blend, you add 1-1.5 cups of liquid (I usually do half yogurt and half milk), 1 Egg (which they say is optional, but I do it) and 1 teaspoon oil. The pancakes that result are tasty, filling, and perfectly textured. I make a double batch and freeze the left overs. The double batch made 18 pancakes this morning, but I make very big pancakes. A good cook could probably figure out how to use this base to make other things (waffles, muffins, etc.), but I haven't managed to do that yet.
A white peach from Paul's Orchard (purchased at the East Liberty Farmer's Market) and some local maple syrup (mine is Brenneman's puchased from Triple B Farms) round out the meal. The miracle is, everyone in my family will eat these! O.k., I confess, I do have to add chocolate chips to the batter to get the very picky 2 year old and 4 year old to eat them. But they used to eat Eggos before I became enlightened. When I think about all the ills of Eggos (the non-natural ingredients, the sugars and fats they are made from, the energy it takes to keep them frozen while being shipped and at the store, the shipping in general of all the ingredients) a few chocolate chips don't seem so bad.

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