Oberkulmer Spelt Facts 2020
In 2020, spelt was grown in Independence Township on 3 fields, totaling 3.1 acres on the farm known historically as “Pleasant View Farm.” J.M Welsh established the farm in 1824. 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 spelt was planted on November 4, 2019.
Clover was frost seeded into the grain on March 31 and April 2, 2020. (The clover suppresses weeds, aids in holding up the grain and, eventually provides nitrogen to the next crop.)
The spelt was harvested on July 18, 2020.
The Washington County Fair was not held in 2020. However, at the 2019 Washington County Fair, the Oberkulmer Spelt sheaf won 1st place and the jar of Oberkulmer Spelt grains won 1st place.
For an illustrated explanation of how Weatherbury grains become flour, visit the from seed to flour page.
More information on Oberkulmer Spelt below the pictures!
Oberkulmer Spelt emerging from the winter.
Spelt Flour in the Field!
In just over three months, the spelt has grown from a tiny plant.
The spelt has matured to a lovely amber color and is ready to harvest.
The frost seeded clover can be seen in the under-story.
About Oberkulmer Spelt
Spelt is one of the three ancient hulled wheats. At Weatherbury Farm, we grow Oberkulmer Spelt, which is a robust old Swiss landrace.
Oberkulmer is a true spelt with no modern wheat genetics.
Spelt is protected from the elements by a hull which doesn’t come free in harvest (unlike the hulls on wheat which do). The removal of the hull prior to milling requires special machinery. Weatherbury is lucky to have a spelt dehuller, built by Farmer Nigel.
Oberkulmer Spelt is milled into organic unbleached whole and sifted spelt flour. Sourdough spelt bread is thought by many to be the most tasty of breads.
Spelt berries (also available), with their chewy texture and nutty sweet flavor, can be used as a hot cereal, in a salad or in place of rice for a soup or pilaf.
New for 2021 — rolled spelt, another excellent warm breakfast cereal.
Health benefits of Spelt
Spelt is one of the healthiest foods. Prized for its superior nutrition, spelt is higher than wheat in protein, minerals and vitamins. With a gluten entirely different from wheat, spelt imparts a nutty flavor. It is gentle for the whole digestive tract and strengthens your immune system and your nerves.
To read more about spelt flour, please visit our products page.
More information on spelt and other grains grown by Weatherbury Farm is on the grains we grow page.