Oberkulmer Spelt Facts 2020

Oberkulmer Spelt Fields 2020 • Weatherbury Farm 2020 Grain Tracker

Spelt Fields 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!

March 31, 2020

Oberkulmer Spelt 3.31.20 • Weatherbury Farm 2020 Grain Tracker

Oberkulmer Spelt emerging from the winter.

July 5 2020

Oberkulmer Spelt 7.5.20 • Weatherbury Farm 2020 Grain Tracker

Spelt Flour in the Field!

In just over three months, the spelt has grown from a tiny plant.

July 18 2020

Oberkulmer Spelt 7.18.20 • Weatherbury Farm 2020 Grain Tracker

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.

July 18 2020

Oberkulmer Spelt Harvest 7.18.20 • Weatherbury Farm 2020 Grain Tracker

Harvesting Spelt

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.

Products Milled from Oberkulmer SpeltWhole Spelt Flour · Weatherbury Farm

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.

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.

More Information

Spelt flour and spelt berries can be ordered either for our monthly on-farm pickup or you can have your order sent to you.

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.