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Organic Red Fife Flour

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Organic Red Fife Flour (4.5kg/10lbs)

Red Fife is Canada’s oldest registered wheat variety.  According to the Canadian Encyclopedia:  “One legend states that a load of wheat grown in Ukraine was on a ship in the Glasgow harbour. A friend of Farmer Fife dropped his hat into the red-coloured wheat, collecting a few seeds in the hatband, which he then shipped off to Farmer Fife (who was living near Peterborough Ontario). The wheat grew. The family cow managed to eat all the wheat heads except for one, which Mrs Fife salvaged. This was the beginning of Red Fife wheat in Canada.”

The variety then grew to prominence in Canada, and was the most popular variety of wheat grown in Canada from the 1860s to the 1890s.

Since then it has been almost entirely replaced by higher yielding modern varieties that are resistant to fungi and pests.

Red Fife was “rediscovered” in the 1990s, and has developed a new cult following among Canadian bakers and foodies.

 

We were awfully excited to learn that Benjamin Unrau decided to try growing Red Fife wheat on his organic farm this year, and is interested in developing on-farm milling capacity to bring Red Fife Flour back to Manitoba!

Available to add on to your winter grain share for pick-up or delivery in January 2021.

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