Frederick White Soft Winter Wheat Facts 2021
In 2021, Frederick White Soft Winter Wheat was grown in Independence Township on 5 fields, totaling 8.51 acres on the farm established by R. Meloy, Esquire in 1829. Meloy was a farmer, grain, stock and wool grower. More recently the farm was a dairy farm and a cattle farm. Weatherbury Farm has farmed this land since 2015. The farm has been certified organic since 2006.
The wheat was planted on October 13, 2020.
Clover was frost seeded into the Frederick Wheat on April 4, 2021. (The clover suppresses weeds, aids in holding up the grain and, eventually provides nitrogen to the next crop.)
The Frederick Wheat was harvested on July 20, 2021.
At the 2021 Washington County Fair, the Frederick Wheat sheaf won 1st place and the jar of Frederick Wheat grains won 4th place.
And as to taste — cornbread made with Weatherbury’s pastry flour and cornmeal won 1st place in 2021. The cornbread placed at the county fair 6 out of the past 7 years. Chiffon Cake made with Weatherbury’s pastry flour won 2nd place in 2021 (this was the first year that we entered chiffon cake at the fair).
In 2016, the Frederick Wheat sheaf won the Best of Show/Judge’s Choice Award.
For an illustrated explanation of how Weatherbury grains become flour, visit the from seed to flour page.
More information on Frederick Soft White Winter Wheat below the pictures!
Planting Frederick Soft White Winter Wheat.
Nigel checks the seed level in the drill.
Every year before planting each grain, Nigel calculates the number of seeds to plant per acre, based on the weight of the seed. The Frederick Wheat seed was planted at 117 pounds/acre.
Frederick Soft White Winter Wheat emerging from Winter.
This is what the wheat looks like when the farmers frost seed the field. Nigel estimated that they walk 40 miles each year frost seeding the grains that were planted the previous fall.
Weatherbury’s Organic Pastry Flour in the field!
In just over two months, the wheat has grown from a tiny shoot to a plant, already showing signs of maturity.
Close up of nearly mature Frederick Soft White Winter Wheat.
Harvesting Frederick Soft White Winter Wheat.
The threshed grains are retained in the body of the combine. The straw is deposited from the rear of the combine back unto the field. We either bale the straw to use for animal bedding or leave it in the field, where it will increase the organic matter of the soil.
Increasing the organic matter of the soil is one of the best ways to counter global warming.
After the Frederick Wheat is harvested by the combine, it is unloaded into a gravity box to be transported back to Weatherbury Farm. Farmer Nigel oversees the unloading and dreams of future cakes and cookies.
About Frederick Soft White Winter Wheat
Products Milled from Frederick Soft White Winter Wheat
Frederick White Soft Winter Wheat is milled into organic unbleached whole and sifted pastry flour, both of which are unbelievably tasty and a great way to punch up nutrition in cakes and pastries.
Health benefits of Wheat
Wheat is an excellent source of protein, dietary fibers, manganese and selenium. Wheat’s fiber boosts the digestive process and improves overall metabolism. The vitamin B content of wheat provides you with energy. Additionally, the complex carbohydrates in wheat keeps you feeling fuller longer and give you energy over a longer period.
Managanese, which wheat is rich in, acts as a co-factor for greater than 300 enzymes involved in the production of insulin and glucose secretion. Wheat’s betaine content prevents chronic inflammation, which is a key constituent in rheumatic pains and diseases. Additionally, its anti-inflammatory property reduces the risk of ailments like osteoporosis, heart diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, and type-2 diabetes.
To read more about pastry flour, please visit our products page.
More information on Frederick White Soft Winter Wheat and other grains grown at Weatherbury Farm are on the grains we grow page.