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Homegrown Whole Grains


On 1000 square feet of land, backyard farmers can grow enough wheat to bake 50 loaves of fresh bread.

By Sara Pitzer
Storey Publishing, 2009
Sara Pitzer is the author of Homegrown Whole Grains and more than a dozen cookbooks and travel guides. She has studied and written about grains in Amish country in central Pennsylvania, in the southeastern United States, and in California. More recently, she has studied small-scale rice growing in Thailand and quinoa production in Peru. She lives in North Carolina.

A backyard field of grains? Yes, absolutely! Wheat and corn are rapidly replacing grass in the yards of dedicated locavores across the country. For adventurous homeowners who want to get in on the movement, Homegrown Whole Grains is the place to begin.

Growing whole grains is simpler and more rewarding than most people imagine. With as little as 1000 square feet of land, backyard farmers can grow enough wheat to harvest 50 pounds in a single afternoon – and those 50 pounds can be baked into 50 loaves of fresh bread.

In addition to providing information on wheat and corn, Homegrown Whole Grains includes complete growing, harvesting, and threshing instructions for barley, millet, oats, rice, rye, spelt, and quinoa, and lighter coverage of several specialty grains. Readers will also find helpful tips on processing whole grains, from what to look for in a home mill to how to dry corn and remove the hulls from barley and rice.

Chapters for each grain include inventive recipes for cereals, desserts, casseroles, salads, soups and stews, and, of course, home-baked breads, the crowning achievement of the home grain grower. Sara Pitzer shares dozens of ideas for using whole grains – from cooking sturdy wheat berries in a slow cooker to malting barley for homebrewed beer. Whether milled into nutritional flours or used in any of their unmilled states, wheat, barley, quinoa, and the other grain crops are healthful additions to every diet.

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1 Juan { 04.02.13 at 2:53 pm }

Ok book , but does’t have any real information about clean your grains. Anyway, grains like wheat and rice and corn are fatting and are a big contributor to the obesity epidemic in america. I don’t see why anyone would want this book.

2 Jordan { 04.03.13 at 3:23 pm }

Hello Juan, I can’t comment on the potential lack of information about cleaning grains at home but wheat and rice are only one of many contributing factors to the obesity epidemic in America. The book’s value is in learning how to cultivate beautiful crops that, based on which one, can be personally consumed at varying quantities. I think this is still a valuable book for people looking to grow grains which are nutrient-dense to compliment vegetable gardens which don’t always pack the same caloric ‘punch’ for the work involved. Imagine buckwheat, a gluten-free grain with a complex amino acid and temperate-climate profile being grown on people’s properties. A book like this still has merit and is by no means adding to obesity rates.