Organic, Local Barley Berries
Barley berries are the hulled seeds of the barley plant. Like other grains that retain bran, endosperm, and germ - barley berries are considered to be a whole grain – they're highly nutritious and also high in fiber! Barley berries have a rich nut-like flavor.
Cooking barley berries is very simple. For every 1 cup of barley berries, use 3 cups of water or broth. Cook on the stove for about 45 minutes.
We love cooking up a batch of barley berries to toss into salads, often a kale base with a very garlicky dressing.
Next Step Produce is a certified organic farm in Maryland that is “Committed to Growing Nourishing Food in Harmony with Nature" through soil-building, nutrient-density, and a diverse plant-based farming system. We met farmers Heinz, Gabrielle, and their daughters in the early days of Number 1 Sons.
They are quite the pioneers in the Mid-Atlantic farming community. Their greenhouse and grain-drying process is powered by a high-efficiency wood-burning furnace, with wood sourced by selective low-grading right from their property. They have specialized equipment from Japan so they can grow and process rice, grains and beans - things that normally aren't grown in our region! You may have eaten their foods at Seylou Bakery or A Rake's Progress :)