Make hay while the sun shines (and market grain while the toddler sleeps)

By Halee Wepking
For us it is important to have several different markets for our small grains. We have found, though, that with all of the small mills, bakeries, and distilleries that are popping up, and with the growing demand for organic food-grade small grains in general, there is a hole in the supply chain. Those buyers, both small and large, want and need impeccably clean grain, and many farmers who might be interested in growing small grains don’t have the proper on-farm cleaning and, most importantly, on-farm storage to make it a realistic addition to their rotation. Having heard this barrier from both sides, farmers and buyers, we have seen an opportunity to help our local grain economy by taking on the (enormous) task of building a granary.

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