Three classes of wheat are produced by Ridgeview Farms. They are: Hard red spring (HRS), hard red winter (HRW) and soft whites (SW). HRS, revered as the standard of the world, is used in flour blends because of it's exceptional baking and milling qualities. HRW wheat is primarily used for bread making, the vast majority of our hard red winter wheat is exported off of Pacific coast ports destine to the Asian Pacific Rim countries. SW spring and winter wheats produce low protein flour which makes it the choice for crackers, cookies and Middle Eastern flat breads.
We grow three types of lentils on our farm. U.S. regular greens, small (Pardina) browns and large red lentils. Lentils are one of the healthiest foods available being a great source of protein. Lentils are one of the oldest crops ever domesticated by humans.
Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans), along with lentils, have enjoyed a long history of domestication and are know to have been around the Middle East for up to 7,500 years. Garbazos are separated into two types: desi and kabuli. Kabulis are the type we grow on our farm and are sold to the canning market for salad bars and exported to the countries of Turkey and India. Recently, given the large demand for hummus, production of the small seeded kabulis has grown dramatically in our area. These consistently high quality chickpeas have made their way to one of the largest producers of hummus in the United States.
Timothy is a cool-season, perennial grass high in fiber, and rich in nutrients Many experts recommend timothy in feed rations because of its ease on the animals digestive system. These premium qualities make timothy grass hay very desirable for thoroughbred race horses and dairy cows. Foreign countries have recognized the benefits of timothy hay as a vital part of their feed rations. The greatest percentage of our high quality, dry land hay is exported to the Pacific Rim Countries.
Alfalfa hay is an excellent source of good quality protein and fiber. Alfalfa is a legume hay in the pea family and is sometimes called “lucerne”. These hays are higher in protein and minerals and are more palatable than grass hays. Alfalfa in particular is high in energy and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. When properly cured, alfalfa is the best of the legume hays from a nutrient standpoint. It has the most feed value of all the perennial pasture forages. Alfalfa is used as for horses, dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep, chickens, turkeys and other farm animals.
Canola is the genetically-modified version of Rapeseed, a derivative of the same plant. Canola has many applications, but the most common are the refined products: Canola Oil used for cooking and baking and Canola Meal which is the product left over after seeds are crushed and oil is extracted that is used for various animal feed products. Other uses include applications such as an additive in biodiesel, agrichemicals, and fertilizers.