RICE DONE RIGHT, RIGHT HERE IN ILLINOIS
Since 1990, Blake Gerard has taken on the family legacy to locally grow rice in Southern Illinois. Blake’s passion follows over four generations of rice growers in Illinois.
Blake and his family wanted to honor the families who took care of the land before them, the Cahokia Indian tribe.
Cahokia rice is grown in fresh organic soil and is naturally GMO free. Each grain of Cahokia rice goes through elaborate testing to ensure that it is also arsenic free. Arsenic is a metalloid that is many times found in rice. It can be toxic for the human body. Arsenic is frequently found in rice grown overseas.
Blake and his family also grow their crops near the banks of the Mississippi River, which exposes their crops to nutrient-rich soil. This allows them to reduce the use of water and fertilizer on the crops. This technique has also given Cahokia rice a higher amount of protein per serving.
The Gerard family also practices environmentally friendly techniques to reduce their trace on the land by rotating their crops among the fields, reusing rice stalks as natural fertilizers, and other practices that include conserving soil to prevent soil erosion.
They are a proud member of the Plant Based Foods Association and believe in the importance of wholesome eating.
Blake and his family have a contagious passion for healing the community one grain of rice at a time.
It is an honor to have Cahokia rice within the Peter Rubi family.
Healthy grains, happy bellies, and Cahokia rice is always Peter Rubi approved.