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Friday, December 23, 2016

Non-GMO Organic USA Grown Grains the Old-Fashioned Way

Learn more about the benefits of Amish certified organic grains. Amish framers grow organically using ancient seeds and all natural soil enrichment.

Long before the term “Organic” became coined, Amish farmers were growing crops naturally using all natural soil enhancements. These farming practices have been passed down for generations.

When the Amish settled into the Midwest in the 1800s many acquired land that was poor in nutrients and had to start enriching the soil from scratch. Bringing the knowledge and lessons learned from Eastern Amish settlements they began the slow process of clearing the land and building the soil using composted manure from their livestock.

Today many of the family owned Amish farms are now in their second and third generations of growing organic on the same land that has never been touched with modern day chemicals.

The Amish are stewards of natural health using only non-genetically modified seeds. Many save back enough seed for next year’s crop when harvesting to preserve the ancient seed chain passed down from past generations. When seeds are purchased they try and seek out Non-GMO or Ancient varieties from other Amish farms and stores.

The Amish still farm the old-fashioned way with a team of horses and horse pulled equipment. Most of the farms have never had a tractor on the land.

Because of the old-fashioned farming techniques, crop sizes and harvest are much smaller making Amish grains a premium find. Although there doesn’t appear to be any scientific studies to support this, some believe that Amish grown grain crops have better nutritional value and taste because of the type of enriched soils they have developed over the years.

An early spring trip into the Amish country can get stinky as that is the time when horse drawn manure spreaders are flinging out the natural gold in preparation of the planting season. Not something that you would experience in the Non-Amish parts of farming communities using chemicals and manufactured fertilizers.

The Amish also have problems with gluten and produce a full line of low gluten grains and stone ground flour from spelt, oats and other ancient grains. Even ancient einkorn wheat has lower gluten which, many gluten intolerant people can digest. Grains are processed in the same mill with wheat so none of the products are 100% gluten free.

The Amish are also very big into the sprouted grains offering sprouted spelt flour and sprouted rolled oats.

Sprouted Spelt

The Amish are also very industrious and resourceful. One Amish farm has even built a puffer cannon for puffed grains such as puffed rice, corn and spelt. The cannon is a large sort of popcorn popper that heats the grain in a pressure chamber until it explodes the kernels and shoots them out into another container.

Puffed Wheat

Cottage Craft is one source specializing in Amish certified organic grains mostly in 25 lb. bulk bags. It’s a good idea to purchase and split with friends and family for smaller quantity storage. Although, once you start enjoying these grain products you might be surprised how much you and your family will use. Many repeat customers order 25 lbs. quarterly.

Stutzman Farms is the Amish supplier. They are third generation farmers and organic certified by the  Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA)

Cottage Craft is a unique online general store offering old time vintage products goods and wares mostly from the Amish communities across Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Amish farm that grows the grains and mills the flour is in Ohio.

Cottage Craft Works offers modern day Internet ordering but the orders are still processed the old-fashioned way and ship fresh off the Amish farm. The Amish farm has no computers and only the old UPS Log Book system so, electronic tracking numbers are not available. It is like a step back in time with old-fashioned mail order. You should expect up to 10 days for your order to arrive.

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