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Growing Local Grain: Let's Take Back Our Wheat

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Gail_NK

Growing Local Grain: Let's Take Back Our Wheat

At GoodFood World (www.goodfoodworld.com), we just published a piece called "Local Grains: Taking Back Our Wheat" (http://www.goodfoodworld.com/2012/12/local-grains-taking-back-our-wheat/).

I put it here to open discussion; this has been a group known for its knowledge of grain and willingness to share/criticise/discuss ideas.

Have at it folks!

Much appreciate your input and advice!

Gail N-K

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linder

A farmer in Dixon, Nigel Walker, is growing local wheat again.  He is growing Sonora, a white wheat, that he will be milling at his farm and selling at the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers Market next year.  His is a labor of love and community.  As members of his CSA, Eatwell Farm, you can purchase wheatberries as well as ground flour. 

I found his Expresso hard red winter wheatberries great for whole wheat bread and would buy it by the 50lb. sack.  I wish he was still growing this variety, but it seems the Sonora wheat was more popular. 

I fully support local wheat.  It may have taken me some time to clean the wheatberries and grind them to my liking, but I enjoyed the end product and felt I was supporting our local farmers as well.  It was interesting, the berries smelled like the ground they came from - when we passed thru Dixon, the air had the aroma of my wheat.  Maybe just my imagination, but it really struck me as we drove by the fields.

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Gail_NK

Is the Sonora a hard white? I'm just learning, but isn't hard wheat better for bread?

We don't have a mill yet so we're buying flor to bake with.

I think you're right, the fields do really have a special smell!

G.

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linder

Here is a link that describes Sonora wheat - http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/programs/ark_product_detail/white_sonora_wheat/

I found it too soft for bread to my taste.  I understand it is favored for tortillas.