Cajun Grain rice steams NYT

by Mary Tutwiler

I missed this story on Cajun Grain rice when it was first published in the New York Times magazine, on March 24, but luckily, it's still online and well worth reading. Kinder rice and pig farmer Kurt Unkel has been selling his beautiful brown rice and rice-fed pork locally for a couple of years. He showed up at the Oil Center Farmers Market a few times, he's regularly at the Red Stick Farmers Market in Baton Rouge, and I've had a meet-up with him a few times at a truck stop at the intersection of University and I-10 to buy some of his wares out of the back of his truck. His farm is what he dubs "sustainable," rather than organic. He's been building up his soil for about 15 years since he kicked the fertilizers and pesticides habit. The NYT delves into niche farming and how Unkel is making a living in southwest Louisiana selling his gourmet rice to award-winning restaurants Herbsaint and Cochon in New Orleans as well as to foodies who seek out the fragrant nutty flavor and locally grown freshness. Unkel's rice, Cajun Grain is available at Fresh Pickins on Kaliste Saloom, and will soon be selling at Amazon, but for the moment can be ordered at (337) 207-0966, or from his Web site.