Frederick White Soft Winter Wheat Facts 2020
In 2020, Frederick White Soft Winter Wheat was grown in Independence Township on 5 fields, totaling 8.2 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 20, 2019.
Clover was frost seeded into the Frederick Wheat on April 3, 2020. (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 15, 2020.
The Washington County Fair was not held in 2020. However, at the 2019 Washington County Fair, the Frederick Wheat sheaf won 1st place and the jar of Frederick Wheat grains won 2nd place.
And as to taste — cornbread made with Weatherbury’s pastry flour and cornmeal won 2nd place in 2019. The cornbread placed at the county fair 5 out of the past 6 years.
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!
Frederick Soft White Winter Wheat emerging from the winter.
Field of Frederick Soft White Winter Wheat. In three months, the wheat has grown from a tiny shoot to a nearly mature plant.
Weatherbury’s Organic Pastry Flour in the field!
Harvesting Frederick Soft White Winter Wheat.
As you can see in the photo, Weatherbury’s grains are grown in 100 ft wide contour strips, with clover hay fields above and below the field of grain. This is done to minimize erosion on the hilly land we farm.
After the Frederick Wheat is harvested by the combine, it is unloaded into a gravity box to be transported back to Weatherbury Farm. Farmer Dale oversees the unloading and dreams of future cakes and cookies.
About Frederick Soft White Winter Wheat
Frederick White Soft Winter Wheat was developed under the auspices of the Ontario Cereal Crops Committee and does well in our area.
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.
Pastry flour can be ordered either for our monthly on-farm pickup or you can have your order sent to you.
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.