Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat Facts 2019
In 2019, Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat was grown in Independence Township on 8.15 acres on our home farm. The farm is part of a 436 acre grant (known as Extravagance) surveyed to John Doddridge on April 6,1786. According to the Caldwell Atlas , the farm was established by M.T. Murdock in 1825. Murdock is listed as a farmer, grain, stock and wool grower (with 150 sheep). The farm was later a dairy operation (the Patterson family: 1945-1966) and a cattle operation (the Eastham family: 1966-1986). In 2008, we began raising historical grains on both the home farm and neighboring farms. The grains were certified organic in 2009. In April 2014, Weatherbury Farm began stone-grinding flour. Weatherbury Farm also raised grass fed beef.
The wheat was planted on October 23, 2018.
Clover was frost seeded into the grain on March 21, 2019. (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 10, 2019.
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 and clover hay
Maxine Wheat Field : Look closely and you can see the frost-seeded clover in the undergrowth.
Harvesting Maxine Wheat.
About Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat
Maxine is a fairly modern German variety and it is well adapted to growing in the northeast.
Products Milled from Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat
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.
Bread flour (milled from Maxine Wheat) can be ordered on our order page.
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.