I am trying to locate sources in Oregon for wheat by the bushel. I am trying to buy volume for a good price so some sort of agricultural grain supply place or such would be what I am looking for. Anyone know of such a place?
I would try to buy winter wheat which is probably still available. Spring wheat is much softer (they make cake flour out of it where hard bread flour is made from winter wheat.) Be sure it's well dried too. An experienced farmer can press his fingernail into a kernel and tell you what the moisture content is.What Gunner is talking about is what I am looking for. Getting a very large amount of wheat from a source as close to the farmer as possible of course without pesticides or preservatives is the goal. I can imagine some of us getting together with a flat bed trailer or two with our barrels and buckets collecting the wheat and going to someones place who has the right facility and making a party of the winnowing and packaging.
With the August harvest coming now is the time to locate a source and get our containers and plans together.
That will work, but you don't know what kind of wheat you are getting. Also, that's $30 a bushel. Right now farmers are getting about $8.50 a bushel, delivered. That a great price for farmers historically, but they are paying more for fuel and fertilizer. Still, they are making money.Call a feed store you are looking for whole wheat, not rolled, crimped or steamed. be prepared to pay .50 a pound but it is cleaned and bagged 50 pound bags.
Modern combines do a pretty darned good job of winnowing as they go. It's part of their designed function. We do it because we are OCD, LOL. You wouldn't really have to. We get very little chaff when we do. I can get as much chaff from a sack of feed grain when I help my neighbor with wheat from the co-op.I contacted Bob's Red Mill and got their wholesale pricing info. I am looking for Hard Red Wheat. For wholesale pricing you must buy 500lbs of product (Not $500 worth)
A ton of wheat options....
Bobs red mill .....
$18.5 x 40 (50lb)= $740 + shipping?
Theoretical bulk from a farmer......
$8.5 x 33 bushels= $280.50 + shipping + winnowing work
If I can locate a farmer or distributor then it should be worth my while. So far I have had no luck.