now to harvest organic buckwheat
HOW TO HARVEST ORGANIC BUCKWHEAT
Originally Posted by MrGreenThumb
Always remember, that once a standing grain crop dries in the field it becomes almost impossible to harvest by hand because the seed heads shatter too easily. Using a hand sickle cut the still greenish buckwheat stalks close to the ground and gather the grain stalks into sheaves also known as shocks. A sheave is the grains’ bundled seed heads with the stalks still attached. A sheave is about as large as you can reach around comfortably with one hand. Bind the sheaves in the middle with cord or green buckwheat stalks and stand them on end, in groups, in the field until you have gathered the whole field. Load sheaves of ripe grain into your ox cart or onto a travois. Transport your buckwheat to the threshing floor, usually a round stone or brick surfaced area about 15 feet in diameter. Allow the grain to ripen or dry here in its sheaves. If rain threatens move sheaves into the dry.
Erect a tall pole in the middle of threshing floor to tether your ox to and spread sheaves of buckwheat onto the threshing floor. Tether your ox to the pole and using a goad, force ox to walk in tight circles around and around the pole, if you do not possess an ox goad you may employ your pitchfork in place of an ox goad. By adjusting the length of the ox’s tether, you can control the path the ox treads through the grain. Stand by with before mentioned pitchfork and stoop down repeatedly to pitch the stalks and seed heads into the air and under the ox’s hooves. If your ox defecates, or urinates, on the grain do not worry, its organic right?
When the grain is well removed from the seed heads, husks or shells, clean the threshing floor in preparation for the next step, retaining the buckwheat straw as winter forage for your ox or as next years roofing material for your house. Remember, in an emergency, you can substitute a water buffalo for the ox. In fact, a water buffalo is required equipment if one intends to produce organic rice as well, so if you wish to grow both crops, now would be a good time to trade your rusty old ox in on a shiny new water buffalo!
Bag grain and chaff and wait until a sunny, windy day. Be careful that the grain is not so moist that it will mold in the meantime, or you will be making a psychedelic side trip with your pancakes. However, if you are a 21 first century disciple of the 19th. Century health food guru, The Reverend Sylvester Graham your can dispense with the following step and just pulverize your buckwheat into one congruous mass now. (The Graham Flour that the good Reverend touted cannot be sold today because of FDA contamination and adulteration issues.) (Oh, other caveats of being a Grahamite, no sex, no bacon, no salt or other spices, no soft mattresses, no tobacco or other smokeables, and for goodness sakes no honey, but I digress.)
Spread the buckwheat out on the threshing floor and repeatedly stoop and scoop up your buckwheat in a coarsely woven, shallow, flat basket, and vigorously shake the basket back and forth to sift as much of the grain from the chaff as will easily fall through the cracks in the basket. Pitch the remaining grain straight up into the air about 8 feet high to allow the wind to blow the lighter chaff from the heaver seeds. Do not stand facing into the wind, always stand up wind during this operation, and stand at the up wind edge of the threshing floor to minimize waste.
Oh, remember, buckwheat is not wheat. Buckwheat dough will not rise with a sour dough starter because it has no gluten. I guess you could mix three parts Pillsbury white wheat flour to one or two parts buckwheat flour and bake bread with the dough or you can do what everyone else did with buckwheat and fry pancakes, but remember now, no syrup or honey!
ENJOY, AND GOOD LUCK
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