Valley Bounty: Whole grains
Whole grains can be made into a salad that is a lot like a pasta salad, only better — and locally grown. Substitute cooked whole grains, like wheat berries, hulled barley or emmer, for the pasta, add seasonal vegetables, cheese or herbs, and serve warm, at room temperature or cold. Whole grains add a sweet, nutty flavor and a little bit of crunch to the dish. Visit www.buylocalfood.org for a recipe for warm butternut squash and wheat berry salad and other recipes from area farmers as well as sources of local whole grains.
Valley Bounty is written by Margaret Christie of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA).