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Old 03-25-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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Does anyone know of any sources for Maine-grown wheat berries? I'm looking for perhaps as much as 50 pounds or more. The local health food store doesn't stock it in bulk and wants an arm and a leg for it by the pound.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Anson,Maine
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Does anyone know of any sources for Maine-grown wheat berries? I'm looking for perhaps as much as 50 pounds or more. The local health food store doesn't stock it in bulk and wants an arm and a leg for it by the pound.
What is the cost?
And does it have to be organic?
I found this.

Organic Grains & Flours - Wheat Berries
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:30 AM
 
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Thanks. Organic is nice but not required. Wood Prairie Farm is on my list. Borealis Bread sources its wheat from somewhere in Aroostook County. Given what I'm hearing about wheat supplies elsewhere, I'm just seeing what my options are for locally grown.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Anson,Maine
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Thanks. Organic is nice but not required. Wood Prairie Farm is on my list. Borealis Bread sources its wheat from somewhere in Aroostook County. Given what I'm hearing about wheat supplies elsewhere, I'm just seeing what my options are for locally grown.
http://www.crownofmainecoop.com/suppliers.asp
I just found this website.
Lots of suppliers and buyers clubs.
Please post what you find out.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:46 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Thanks. Organic is nice but not required. Wood Prairie Farm is on my list. Borealis Bread sources its wheat from somewhere in Aroostook County. Given what I'm hearing about wheat supplies elsewhere, I'm just seeing what my options are for locally grown.
There used to be a small operation out at Loring. Don't know if they are still there or not, and if I remember correctly their name was "Maine Street Flour" or something close to that. It was a small family run operation that I hope they are still around, they were very nice folks. If they don't have the wheat berries, they should be able to hook you up with who does. Good Luck.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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Kelly, thanks for the link. Crown of Maine is a wholesaler and doesn't sell directly to the public, according to the website and a phone call. They prefer to send folks to their retail outlets.

Folks, the reason I'm looking, beyond what seems to be steadily rising bread and pasta prices in the supermarkets -- I've seen several anecdotal reports this morning from outside Maine alleging that this year and next year's winter wheat harvests are already under contract to overseas buyers and futures market speculators. Supplies of wheat berries for private sale are drying up in places already, whether from lack of supply or panic buying.

I'm not yet at the point where I'm accepting these stories as gospel -- this could just be an exercise in alarmism -- but I am checking out my options. Wheat and other grains have been growing more expensive for some months now due to demand from China and elsewhere, and this will only push prices higher. If I have to spend more for my daily bread, I'd at least like it to be made from locally grown grain.

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Old 03-25-2011, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Anson,Maine
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The Crown Of Maine website also has a list of links to the suppliers they purchase from.

It is quite an extensive list.

Arthur Harvey, Hartford
Aurora Mills, Linneus
Avalon Acres, St. Albans
Beyond Coffee, Jefferson
Blackrock Kitchen LLC, Swan's Island
Blue Barrens Farm, Columbia
Blue Mango, Portland
Blue-Zee Farm, Penobscot
Bouchard Family Farm, Fort Kent
Bridge Farm, Dresden
Brightberry Farm, Dixmont
Broadturn Farm, Scarborough
Broken Acres Farm, Jefferson
Caldwell Farm, Turner
Checkerberry Farm, Parkman
Chouan Strongin, Trescott
Crossroad Farm, Jonesport
Crystal Spring Farm, Brunswick
Curra Family Farm, Knox
Dilly Dally Organic Farm, Plymouth
Fiddler's Green Farms, Belfast
Firefly Farm, St. Albans
Fitch Farm Kitchen, Stoneham
Flying Dutchman Farm, Guilford
Flying Pond Farm, Vienna
Fred Arledge, Littleton
Freedom Bean Company, Albion
Freedom Farm, Freedom
Full Circle Farm, East Vassalboro
Goranson Farm, Dresden
Grassland Farm, Skowhegan
Green Ledges Farm, Parkman
Hall Farm, Skowhegan
Harmony Meadows Farm, Smyrna
Hatch Knoll Farm, Jonesboro
Heavenly Harvest FarmChina
Heiwa Tofu, Lincolnville
Henry Perkins, Albion
Hidden Valley Farm, Whitefield
Higgins Farm, Newport
Intervale Farm, Cherryfield
Jyang-Lee Kitchens, Coopers Mills
King Hill Farm, Penobscot
Lacourse Family Farm, Dexter
Lake Shore Farms, St. David
Lalibella Farm, Dresden
Levesque Farm, Leeds
Life Force Farm, Bowdoinham
Little Bird Farm, St. Albans
Little Creek Farm, Brunswick
Little Ridge Farm, Lisbon
Maine Corn Company, Richmond
Maine Natural Oils, Houlton
Maine Sea Salt Co, Marshfield
Maple's Organics, Portland
Milky Way Organic Farm, Levant
Misty Meadows, Grand Isle
Mooar Hill Farm, Mount Vernon
Moon Hill Farm, Whiting
Morgan's Mills, Union
Nature's Circle Farm, Houlton
New Beat Farm, Jefferson
Nezinscot Farm, Turner
Northstar Farms, Windham
Olivia's Garden, Gloucester
Papou's Kitchen, Portland
Pastor Chuck's, Portland
Peacemeal Farm, Dixmont
Port Clyde Fresh Catch, Port Clyde
Raven Hill Orchard, East Waterboro
Ricker Hill Farm, Turner
Ridgeside Farm, Greene
Robert Richardson, Wytopitlock
Rolling Acres Farm, Monroe
Scott Richardson, Sangerville
Sean O'Donnel, Parkman
Six River Farm, Bowdoinham
Skylandia Farm, Grand Isle
Smith Family Farm, Bar Harbor
Smith Farm, Troy
Snakeroot Organic Farm, Pittsfield
Sonnental Dairy LLC, Smyrna
South Paw Farm, Unity
Sparrow Farm, Pittston
Spelt Right Inc, Portland
Spring Break, Smyrna
Sprucebush Farm, Jefferson
St. Jean Valley Fiddlehead Pickers Assn
Stevenson's Strawberries, Wayne
Stone Set Farm, Brooklin
Stonecipher Farm, Bowdoinham
Sunnyside Farm, Linneus
Swallowtail Farm, Coopers Mills
Sweetland Farm, Starks
The Apple Farm, Fairfield
The Esch Family, Smyrna
The Savory Baker -, Windham
Thibodeau Homestead, Caribou
Thirty Acre Farm, Whitefield
Tide Mill Farm, Edmunds
Tourmaline Hill Farm, Greenwood
Treble Ridge Farm, Whitefield
Weber Farm, Lamoine
Wholesome Valley Farms, Smyrna Mills
Will O' The Wisp, Guilford
Willow Pond Farm, Sabattus
Wood Prairie Farm, Bridgewater
Woods End Farm, Mount Vernon
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Kelly, thanks for the link. Crown of Maine is a wholesaler and doesn't sell directly to the public, according to the website and a phone call. They prefer to send folks to their retail outlets.

Folks, the reason I'm looking, beyond what seems to be steadily rising bread and pasta prices in the supermarkets -- I've seen several anecdotal reports this morning from outside Maine alleging that this year and next year's winter wheat harvests are already under contract to overseas buyers and futures market speculators. Supplies of wheat berries for private sale are drying up in places already, whether from lack of supply or panic buying.

I'm not yet at the point where I'm accepting these stories as gospel -- this could just be an exercise in alarmism -- but I am checking out my options. Wheat and other grains have been growing more expensive for some months now due to demand from China and elsewhere, and this will only push prices higher. If I have to spend more for my daily bread, I'd at least like it to be made from locally grown grain.
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:29 AM
 
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Yep, I scrolled through the list. Very few have grains, unfortunately, and fewer still have wheat.
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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I know it IS possible to grow it on a small scale, as I had an experimental planting of wheat last year.

I was growing primarily for wheat weaving, but also to see how it worked. At present, my land is still too grassy for me to consider a serious planting of wheat for my food, which I would like to do in the future.

I choose not to consider herbicides, so it will be a few years, likely...
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:34 PM
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Grow two row barley....then you can malt it and make beer too!
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