Wheat Montana, not your ordinary farm

August 11, 2017

Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking

Not many farms can claim a world record, let alone numerous local and national awards. Yet, Wheat Montana has accomplished all three. They have cut, milled, mixed and baked a loaf of bread in just 8 minutes and 13 seconds, and been honored with the Family Business of the Year, Small Business Person of the Year, and the Best Managed Farm Nationally. Even with so many outstanding accomplishments, many of us know Wheat Montana for their giant cinnamon rolls and bear claws at their bakery between Butte and Bozeman.

 

Wheat Montana: All about local

Wheat Montana is a 15,000 acre dry-land wheat farm near Three Forks, Montana with bakeries across the state, and wheat and grains sold across the country. The third generation of family farming was started in 1958 by Dale Folkvord, a student at MSU College of Agriculture, and now his son Dean Folkvord manages the operation with his family. Wheat Montana employees over 180 employees across the state and is a huge economic driver for the Three Forks region.

Low rainfall, cool evenings, and 5,000 feet of elevation provides for ideal growing conditions for wheat. The unique landscape is near the headwaters of the Missouri river, and surrounded by the Elkhorn Mountains. Not only do they grown wheat, but other high quality grains that they process, small batch craft mill and bake.

So next time you are in the region, make sure to stop by and get a treat!

Wheat Montana 7 Grain Carrot Muffins

1 cup Wheat Montana 7 Grain Cereal
½ cup raisins
1 cup milk
½ cup shredded carrots
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 cup Prairie Gold Flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda

In a large bowl combine cereal, raisins, and milk. Stir well, cover and refrigerate 2 hours. Preheat oven to 400°. Combine carrots, sugars, oil, eggs and orange peel. Stir into cereal mixture. Combine dry ingredients and stir into batter until just moistened. Spoon muffin batter into greased muffin tin. Bake in a preheated 400° oven for 20-25 minutes.
Makes 10 muffins.
Shared by: Frances Folkvord, Wheat Montana Three Forks, Montana

Here are some fun facts about Wheat Montana:

•We are committed to all natural, premium, “better for
you”, grain based products
•All of our grains are Non GMO Project Verified
•We dry-farm our high protein specialty wheat at an
elevation of 5,000 feet, producing the highest quality grain
•Our specialty whole wheat flours are whole grain milled,
nothing is added and nothing is removed.
•We farm sustainably, rotating pulse crops
•All of our bakery items are made with Non GMO Grains* and are 100% All Natural

*GM wheat is not approved by the USDA for commercial use, but is currently being tested for sale in the U.S.

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