Hi It's Andrea from ValleyMalt. Just wanted to say hello. Happy to answer any questions about our local organic malt. Happen to be roasting some delicious crystal right now. Keeping an eye on it while posting.
Just as an FYI, we are in Massachusetts but our grains come from NY, VT, MA, ME and NH.
I would also be happy to take a stab at any questions someone may have about our or our farmer's organic growing practices. I get disheartened about the way that organic labeling has gone in the past few years, it is becoming a joke and in fact we are not even bothering with getting a USDA organic label because it just costs too much but there is no doubt that many committed farmers are doing an amazing job of cultivating diverse crops using true organic cultural practices.
Our organic 2-row is over 83% plump, meets all germination, protein, and normal malting barley specs. The beauty of organic grain growing for malt is that protein requirements are low (in fact the lower the better) which means almost no inputs needed if seeded early and rotated properly with other crops such as soybeans.
The beauty of local is you can come visit our fields and see for yourself.