California organic whole grain grower miller
I've been growing organic grain and milling it for a few years. When I started, my primary motivation was to see if I could find, grow and harvest grains that I could use to bake good 100% whole grain bread.
I searched for and trialed different varieties, looking for grain with the protein and gluten qualities to make a good loaf of bread, and that would yield enough to be able to be sold at a reasonable price. I've had some successes and some failures with varieties I've trialed.
Growing organic grain here in the central coastal region of California has been interesting and it seems to be possible, at least in my case, as a sideline to our organic vegetable farming operation. We store the harvested cleaned grain in our cold storage and mill it on a weekly basis. We sell small quantities (2 lb. pack) at the 2 farmers markets (Palo Alto,Menlo Park) we go to and sell some in 25 lbs bags to local bakers.
The most challenging aspect of the enterprise is managing the milling and selling enough at each sale to make it worthwhile.
I'm looking for ideas or maybe to connect with someone interested and experienced in milling/baking?/selling local organic grain/flour