Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat Facts 2020
In 2020, Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat was grown in Independence Township on 3 fields, totaling 10.0 acres on the farm known historically as “Pleasant View Farm.” This farm was established in 1824 by J.M Welsh. Welsh is listed in the Caldwell Atlas as a farmer, grain, stock and wool grower. The farm was dormant for many years; however since 2006, organic grains and hay were grown on this farm. Weatherbury Farm has farmed this land since 2017. The farm has been certified organic since 2006.
The wheat was planted on October 23, 2019.
Clover was frost seeded into the grain on April 4, 2020. (The clover suppresses weeds, aids in holding up the grain and, eventually provides nitrogen to the next crop.)
The Maxine Wheat was harvested on July 14, 2020.
The Washington County Fair was not held in 2020. However, at the 2019 Washington County Fair, the Maxine wheat sheaf won third place and the jar of Maxine grains also won third place.
For an illustrated explanation of how Weatherbury grains become flour, visit the from seed to flour page.
More information on Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat below the pictures!
Maxine Wheat emerging from the winter.
Amber fields of Maxine Wheat (middle two fields), Danko Rye and clover hay
Maxine Wheat Field : Look closely and you can see the frost-seeded clover in the undergrowth.
In three months the Maxine Wheat has grown from a tiny plant and is ready to harvest.
Bread Flour in the Field!
Harvesting Maxine Wheat with our combine.
About Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat
Maxine is a fairly modern German variety and it is well adapted to growing in the northeast.
Maxine Wheat is milled into organic, unbleached whole and sifted bread flour. With very good baking properties, the flour is used by bakers for all types of leavened, unleavened & sourdough baked goods.
Bread, made with Weatherbury’s Bread Flour, ground from Maxine wheat, has been called “life affirming” by eater. com.
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 bread flour (milled from Maxine Wheat), please visit our products page.
More information on Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat and other grains grown at Weatherbury Farm are on the grains we grow page.