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Oakmeal – Kea Island | Oakmeal
Marcie Mayer’s relationship with acorns goes back to her childhood in California when she learned about the traditional products of her region, namely the acorns that the Indians used as a staple in their diet.
She first came to Greece in 1984, and eventually settled in Kea where she experimented with acorns for several years to figure out how to make flour in the most appropriate, quality, cost-effective way before taking it up as a serious business.
The whole project began as an effort to get more people to know about the very special forest in Tzia and to ensure that in the future it would not be lost as it happened elsewhere. In the beginning she found some companies who use the oak cap for tanning and helped farmers to export again. Gradually the effort grew as locals became interested in the value of the acorn and volunteers from all over the world began to arrive on the island to harvest it.
The Oakmeal company was founded when Acorn Cookies became a success and now they have been exported for 7 years to America and Europe. The aim is to open the market for flour as well, since Kea has some of the most delicious and large acorns, offering a unique quality of flour in the world. The flour is gluten-free, vegan, raw, very nutritious, full of magnesium and potassium, which are missing in the modern diet.
“It’s a resource found all over the world and something we’ve eaten as humans throughout our history, it’s only in the last 1500 years that we’ve forgotten about it.”
The important thing for Marcie Mayer however is not to sell but to share all the knowledge she has so more people can learn how to make flour at home. In her book https://amzn.to/3XiVoqv and on her YouTube channel https://bit.ly/3TQ0aZQ one can find information about harvesting, processing and making flour and other recipes.
Her effort has gained and produced a lot of interest and we are glad to be partners with Oakmeal, a project that supports agroecology and sustainable food.
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