So I have an idea… It could be a really good idea. There is potential there. I suppose it all really depends on if buckwheat grows as well as they say it does. Look at this excerpt from Mother Earth News. Read the full article here.
Buckwheat is easy to grow — in fact, it’s unequaled at growing on poor soil . . . cut the stems with grass shears when about three-quarters of the seeds have turned brown. Threshing the seeds is fun: Just lay the stalks on a clean sheet and beat them with a broom!
Buckwheat is one of the best sources of high quality protein in the plant kingdom. It’s easy to grow, harvest, and process; it prospers on soils too poor for other crops; and it’s not susceptible to any major disease or pest problems. On top of all that, buckwheat is an excellent smother crop for weed control, a superb green manure crop, and a legendary nectar source for honeybees.
Here’s the plan…
Come late winter, we are going to purchase about 50 pounds of buckwheat seeds in bulk. From there we will sell starter packages that include one pound of home ground buckwheat flour (we have a grain grinder) and one pound of buckwheat seeds. That way you can plant your buckwheat seeds in the spring along with us and watch them grow while you use your ground buckwheat flour to test recipes out.
We’re working it so keep an eye out!