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Tiny Heirloom Popcorn Variety Packs Big Benefits

Gene & Lynn Mealhow

Gene Mealhow, a farmer who has a passion for saving an heirloom popcorn variety dating back to the Native Americans, raises tiny kernels with huge flavor on a farm in Shellsburg, Iowa. He calls this healthy, high-fiber snack Tiny But Mighty. The mighty kernels, which are certified GMO-free and kosher, digest more easily than commercial popcorn, and the hull disintegrates when cooked, helping to eliminate kernels getting stuck in the teeth.

Tiny But Mighty currently comes in three gluten-free varieties: heirloom kernels, pre-popped sea salt and pre-popped white cheddar. They can be purchased locally at Chicagoland Whole Foods, Sunset Foods and soon at Mariano’s.

Tiny But Mighty will be represented at upcoming festivals that include -Taste of River North, from July 19 to 21; Retro on Roscoe, on August 10 and 11; Festival of the Horse & Drum, on August 17 and 18; and the Chipotle Festival, on September 7.


To get the whole story, find festival details or order online, visit TinyButMightyFoods.com.

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