Beidler Family Farm - Post Office Box 124
Randolph Center, VT 05061-0125
Our farm looking south from the Vermont Veterans Cemetery
I bought some of your flour at the Upper Valley Co-Op yesterday and am excited to find a local flour. I live in Bridgewater, VT. My family were flour millers in Ireland for over 250 years and recently I have taken up baking many of the family recipes (bread and oatcakes etc).
Having read Bill McKibbens recent book Eaarth, where he mentions that very few people know how to grow one of the worlds staple crops, I decided to plant about 60 square feet of wheat. I am told that 15 square feet of wheat will produce a 1lb loaf of wholemeal bread. I am still waiting to harvest it and I planted it a bit late. I am wondering whether you grow Oats. I would also love to know the results from the wheat testing that you did recently.
I would love to come visit your farm and buy some produce.
We have started a project recently called the Naked Table project, where we harvest locally and sustainably grown maple and get local people to come in and make their own tables. You should visit the website above, if you are interested.
all the best,
Look forward to hearing from you. Congratulations on an interesting blog, some great photos, and most importantly, what looks like a great farm and vision.
Thanks for your kind words. We’re happy that people are finding our flour and are enjoying it. We have had the wheat tested and the protein level is very high at 17.7% and a falling number of 360. We do grow oats but the process of getting them from field to shelf is multi step and the machinery necessary is expensive. There has been initial conversation in the state about that equipment because the demand is here but we are not yet at a place to meet it. Our friend, Jack Lazor, at Butterworks Farm is interested in getting oats to stores. He has purchased the huller and the next steps are getting equipment for rolling and steam processing. He has plans moving along but it may take some time.
Please feel free to contact us by phone and we’d be happy to talk with you further about grain growing in the state.
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