Danko Rye Facts 2020
In 2020, Danko Rye was grown in Independence Township on 5 fields, totaling 7.4 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 rye was planted on October 24, 2019.
Clover was frost seeded into the grain on March 31, April 2 and 3, 2019. (The clover suppresses weeds, aids in holding up the grain and, eventually provides nitrogen to the next crop.)
The Danko Rye was harvested on July 18, 2020.
The Washington County Fair was not held in 2020. However, at the 2019 Washington County Fair, the Rye sheaf won 2nd place and the jar of Rye grains won 1st place.
For an illustrated explanation of how Weatherbury grains become flour, visit the from seed to flour page.
More information on Danko Rye below the pictures!
Danko Rye emerging from the winter.
Danko Rye Field : Look closely and you can see the frost-seeded clover in the undergrowth.
In three months, the rye has grown from a tiny plant, almost ready to harvest.
Rye Flour in the field.
A combine is used to harvest the Rye.
To the left of the combine, you can see a windrow of rye straw that has already run through the combine.
After the grain is harvested, it is unloaded into a gravity box to be taken back to the farm for storage.
About Danko Rye
Rye is the traditional bread wheat for people from Germany east to Russia. Known as the rye belt, this is where most of the world’s rye is grown and consumed.
At Weatherbury Farm, we grow Danko Rye, which is a true milling-type rye with an interesting balance between spicy and bready. It is a favorite among beer makers and distillers; bakers, of course, love it to make authentic European-style rye breads.
Danko Rye is milled into whole and sifted unbleached rye flour.
Health benefits of Rye
People have undervalued the benefits of rye for a long time. However, today many people are starting to use it for its numerous health benefits. It can help you lose weight, boost your metabolism, control your glucose levels (good for fighting diabetes), and has a heart-healthy fiber which lowers cholesterol levels.
To read more about rye flour, please visit our products page.
More information on rye and other grains grown at Weatherbury Farm is on the grains we grow page.