Frederick White Soft Winter Wheat Facts 2020

Frederic Wheat Fields 2020 • Pastry Flour in the Field • Weatherbury Farm Grain Tracker

Frederick Wheat Fields 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.

Washington County Fair 2016: Frederick Wheat Sheaf

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 best of show.  In the many years we have been going to the fair, this is the only time that a wheat sheaf won this honor.

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!

April 3 2020

Frederick Wheat 4.3.20 • Weatherbury Farm 2020 Grain Tracker

Frederick Soft White Winter Wheat emerging from the winter.

July 5 2020

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!

July 15 2020

Frederick Wheat Harvesting 7.15.20 • Weatherbury Farm 2020 Grain Tracker

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.

July 15 2020

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.

More Information

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.