Native Harvest goods are produced by the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a Minnesota nonprofit whose mission includes recovering the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation while also preserving and restoring Anishinaabe community and cultural heritage.
Founded and directed by Winona LaDuke, this organization supports the production and sale of native-harvested indigenous foods — like delicious wild rice, maple butter, hominy, berry teas, jams and jellies. It also helps promote local food security in a resource-challenged area and provides the additional service of introducing the uninitiated to some underappreciated Midwestern food gems. Wild rice (unlike barley and oats) is gluten-free, and the flour makes an excellent replacement for wheat in all kinds of baked goodies — great if you’re gluten-intolerant or just looking to liven up your grain repertoire. Check their Web site if you want to try other tasty alternatives to your usual routine, like hormone-free buffalo sausage or delicious maple butter. Wild rice flour is $6.50 for a 2-pound bag. Visit www.nativeharvest.com to order and find more info on the White Earth Land Recovery Project.