Packet price: $3.00
Technically not a wheat, buckwheat is actually
closely related to rhubarb and sorrel.
Buckwheat's uses extend from an excellent
green manure and cover-crop, to outstanding
grain for human and animal consumption,
to bee's nectar source for highly desired
buckwheat honey. A key ingredient in the
traditional Acadian dish known as ployes
common in Northern Maine and Canada,
buckwheat originated around 6,000 B.C. in
Asia and is used in cuisines world-wide.
Originating in the Fertile Crescent,
oats are now grown in most temperate
areas of the world. Oats are commonly
grown for human consumption
(usually in the form of rolled
oats or medicinally as a tea made
from milky oat tops) as well as
for animal feed. Oats are also a standard
and highly valuable fall cover-crop.
Native to Western Ukraine, Red Fife
was widely grown throughout
Canada in the 1800's.
An excellent heritage wheat slowly
regaining it's former popularity,
Red Fife sets the standard for many
contemporary wheat varieties.
A landrace variety that is adaptable to
most conditions, Red Fife is best
suited to northern growing conditions
as a spring planted
crop (i.e. spring wheat).