Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Baronesse Barley and The Terroir of the Palouse

Photo Credit: Dan Jackson

We at Joseph's Grainery and Palouse Pint have a unique combination of barley and malting that is not available any where else in the world.  We raise Baronesse barley.  Baronesse was bred by Nordsaat in Germany where they do not care about feed grains.  Baronesse did not find favor with the large commercial malt operators in Europe at the time so they brought it to Washington State University in the late 70's. WSU, having no interest in malting barley in those days, referred them to Western Plant Breeders who marketed it as a feed barley.

For the next two decades Baronesse dominated the Pacific Northwest feed market. What everyone missed is that it has great flavor and is consistently plump and heavy. As time went on it was replaced by new feed varieties. Baronesse was getting harder and harder to find. We have always liked it and have been raising it since the early 80's. We hold back and clean our own seed, so we put up 3000 bushels in order to insure our supply. We liked the way it always made number 1 grades, frequently weighing 52 to 54 pounds per bushel. We have enough to last for a long, long time.
Bill's son-in-law, the home brewer, decided to give some a try. It turned out great and he loved working with it, besides, the price was right. It was a distinct pleasure for Bill to drink a beer made from his own grain. Malt is the new hops!
Enter, Joel Williamson. We run a small flour mill offering our flours and mixes for sale in grocery stores, co-ops, and on the internet. Joel had been distributing for us in the Spokane area and doing quite well for us. The next thing we know, Joel went to malting school and I started to get concerned. Our fear was that he was going to lose focus on our food business and turn his attention to this "malt thing". Not long afterwards, we get a call from him wanting to know how much barley we had and if I could clean around 20 tons for him. We were still thinking about food and couldn't imagine what he was going to do with that much barley. Joel had tried the standard malting varieties and wasn't getting what he wanted. Then he tried some of our Baronesse and discovered the secret that has been hidden for four decades. Baronesse is a great malting barley! He now has a local cadre of micro brewers in Spokane that love the stuff. 
We love the fact that Baronesse is now being used for it's intended purpose and people get to enjoy the great malt flavor only Baronesse can provide. We say "only" because we believe that it is the unique combination of our soils and this very special barley that provides the unmistakable terroir of the Palouse.
This is a real life rags to riches fairy tale for our little Baronesse.  It is our intention that she and Prince Joel of Palouse Pint live happily ever after.
Here are a few articles about Palouse Pint that you might find interesting:


Palouse Pint: The Truly Local Beer - Spokane CDA Living




Photo Credit: Adriana Janovich
From Grain To Glass - Edible Seattle





Photo Credit: Chris Lozier
Note To Craft Beer Lovers - The New Food Economy

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Valentines Day - Say It With Flours

Say It With Flours - Joseph's Grainery Palouse Flour Medley

What better way to say Happy Valentine's Day than Flours?  Yes, stone ground flours from Joseph's Grainery are the perfect way to convey your love to your favorite foodie.

We'll even ship it right to their door for you.  And shipping is included in the price! Yay!  Check that off your to do list.  

Your valentine will receive 2 pound bags of each of our four favorite stone ground flours - Hard Red Wheat Bread Flour, Soft White Wheat Pastry Flour, Lentil Flour and Barley Flour.  

From Our Farm To Your Valentine's Table.

Click here to place your order.




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

FREE SHIPPING...Read All About it!

We're excited to announce that when you order Joseph's Grainery products through our online store (click on any of the photos on the right or on the "shop" tab above) you won't have to pay any additional charges for shipping*!

Free Shipping* for orders placed through JosephsGrainery.com
Isn't this great news?  Just in time for your holiday gift giving needs!  Our whole grain and legume products are perfect for any Foodie on your list.  Let us stand in line at the Post Office for you...we'll direct ship your gifts and include a gift message (specify in the order notes) free of charge.

*Free shipping is for US and APO/FPO/DPO addresses.

From Our Farm To Your Table







Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Whole Grain Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Since we have pumpkin on the brain, we thought we'd share these delicious and healthy muffins we made the other day, using our Joseph's Grainery Whole Grain Cookie Mix.

Whole Grain Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Joseph's Grainery Whole Grain Cookie Mix.

Whole Grain Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


Ingredients
Instructions
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place liners in your muffin tin.
  • In a large bowl, heath the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil until smooth. Combine the cookie mix, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice; add the dry ingredients slowly to the pumpkin mixture and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips. Fill the muffin tins approximately 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before removing and placing on a wire rack.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Our Favorite Whole Grain Pumpkin Recipes

So it's that time of year when we all have pumpkin on the brain, so we thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite whole grain pumpkin recipes from over the years.


This Whole Grain Pumpkin Cake is one of the most moist whole grain cakes you'll ever taste!  It's made with our stone ground Hard Red Whole Wheat and Barley Flours.  If pumpkin pie isn't your jam, than you might want to give this delicious cake a try!



These Pumpkin Multigrain Pancakes will take your breakfast up a notch with a real seasonal flair!  Made with our awesome Multigrain Pancake Mix, you'll go gaga for these hearty (and pretty healthy) pancakes.



I don't know a single kid who'd turn down a Iced Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie! The best of all three worlds...pumpkin, chocolate chips and glaze/frosting, and they'll make you feel good about giving your kids halfway healthy cookies when they're made with our Whole Grain Cookie Mix.  ;)

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