Monday, August 3, 2015

From Our Farm - Harvesting On The Palouse

Here on the Palouse, we've had very warm temperatures, early in the season, which ripened up the crops in record time.  Never before have we been this far through our harvest by this early in August.

In the photo above, our International Harvester Hillside Combine is cutting it's way through a field of barley.  Because of the gorgeous rolling hills of the Palouse that you see in the background, it's essential to have a combine with a self leveling mechanism to help maneuver the hillsides.  The header (the front part of the combine) can adjust to accommodate the slope of the hills.  This keeps our crew safer too.

This is what happens when you get all four grandkids together on the farm.  They kick Grandpa out of the tractor so they can pretend to drive.

So far we've had a pretty uneventful harvest.  There have been a few equipment breakdowns, which is pretty normal - running machinery that has many moving parts for long hours in hot temperatures, you expect to have some things go wrong.  We even had a small fire, but thanks to our quick acting neighbors and the local fire departments, no standing grain was burned!  Unfortunately we don't have any photos of the fire to share...everyone was busy fighting it.  We're hoping to be done with the 2015 harvest later this week.

Monday, July 27, 2015

What is Unhulled Barley vs Pearl Barley?

We are frequently asked, "What's the difference between Unhulled Barley and Pearl Barley?"  It can be quite confusing, as there are many different terms, names and types of processing that can be applied to barley.

Unhulled Barley

Here on Joseph's Grainery, you'll only find one type of Barley - unhulled.  Unhulled Barley is the purest, from-the-field barley that is edible.  It still has the whole hull in tact.  The only processing it has been through is cleaning (click here to see a video on how we clean grain), to sift out the impurities (dirt, chaff, etc).  Unhulled Barley is truly a whole grain.


Joseph's Grainery Unhulled Barley is edible, it just needs to be soaked for 24 hours prior to cooking.
There are many uses for Unhulled Barley. If you're looking to sprout barley, this is the barley you will need.  Other forms of barley will NOT sprout (i.e. hulled, pearl, etc).

We have many happy customers who've malted and brewed with Joseph's Grainery Unhulled Barley. We have others who use the Unhulled Barley for a myriad of health benefits.

Pearl Barley

Pearl Barley is pearled (aka polished) to remove the hull and the outer bran layer.  Most of the barley you'll find in your local supermarket is probably pearl barley.  It cooks up without having to soak it prior to cooking.  Pearl barley is NOT a whole grain.

Pearl Barley
Many people prefer pearl barley over unhulled barley because of the quicker cooking time and lack of need for soaking prior to cooking.  

We're a little different, we prefer a true whole grain.  We'd rather soak the unhulled barley before cooking and cook for a bit longer.  Why?  We'd rather get all the fiber and other nutrients that are in the hull and outer bran layer.

Here are a couple of our favorite Unhulled Barley recipes...

Monday, July 20, 2015

Farm to Table - Don't Miss It!

There's one week until our next Farm To Table workshop, and this is one you won't want to miss!  

There's only a handful of spots left, and you'll want to have your tummy stuffed with yummy whole grain cookies and cakes and then tour the Joseph's Grainery harvest operation.  In one morning you'll see the grain in the field and experience the whole grain goodness with your tastebuds.

There is a small registration fee to reserve your spot, all of which goes to support the Spokane Community College ACT 2 programs offered at the Whitman County Library.  Click here to register.

Cookies and Cakes with Whole Grain Flours
July 27th, 2015
9a to 1p
Whitman County Library
102 S Main St
Colfax, Washington

We'll meet at the Library in Colfax at 9 am, we'll bake some of our favorite whole grain cookie and cake recipes, then we'll put on our boots (or any pair of closed toe shoes that you don't mind getting dirty) and head to the farm to experience harvest on the rolling hills of the Palouse.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2015 Palouse Wheat Harvest

It's time!  We've begun to harvest the 2015 crop of wheat here on the rolling hills of the Palouse.  Here are a couple "fresh from the farm" photos taken just a few moments ago.

It's a hot and very busy time of year for our crew.  They put in long hours to make sure the crops get in a timely manner, but it's also our favorite time of year...

We get to see the bounty of the harvest.  We get to reap what was sown months ago.

Would you like to see our harvest operation in person?  Join us on Monday, July 27th for our Farm To Table experience.  You'll need to register to reserve your spot.  Hurry, as there's only a limited number of places available.

*Because harvest is an "all hands on deck" time for us on the farm, the best way to get a hold of us for the next couple of weeks if you have any questions will be via e-mail.  

Unhulled Barley

If you're looking for Unhulled Barley, that is, barley with the hull still in tact, you've found what you're looking for!  Joseph's Grainery Unhulled Barley is thoroughly cleaned and the hull is left on. 


Barley is a cereal grain that can be used for malting & brewing, as well as in soups, stews, breads and other health foods. Barley has a rich, nutlike flavor and an appealing chewy, pasta like consistency. Barley is a great source of fiber and other important nutrients.

Because the hull is still on the grain, Joseph's Grainery Barley must be soaked overnight and then rinsed thoroughly before cooking. After rinsing, add one part barley to three and a half parts boiling water. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender (may take up to 90 minutes).  Want to learn How To Cook Barley?

You will receive 12 lbs of thoroughly cleaned, all natural, Kosher Certified,  NON-GMO Joseph's Grainery Barley - From Our Farm To Your Table.


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