Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Philadelphia has strong ties to a small town in Mexico — more than half of its citizens have left their rural farms in San Mateo Ozolco to come work in Philadelphia for higher wages. To build a bridge transnational bridge, a cooperative was formed to support farmers and preserve traditional farming methods that have roots in their Aztec culture. The Blue Corn Alianza not only helps provide a living wage to traditional farmers in San Mateo Ozolco, but also brings organic sweet blue cornmeal known as "pinole" from this region to stores throughout South Philadelphia. Rich in healthy nutrients, Pinole can be used in a variety of recipes.