Who, What, When, Where, Wheat
The 5Ws of Life’s Simple Ingredient
We’ve all heard of the 5Ws, but do you know the 5W’s of Life’s Simple Ingredient?
We asked Albertan Farmer Janine Paly to explain the 5Ws of Life’s Simple Ingredient. Read what she had to say about the who, what, when and where of Life’s Simple Ingredient, wheat.
Who – A woman who loves our land
My name is Janine Paly and my husband and I own a mixed farm an hour north of Edmonton – we regularly grow wheat, oats, canola, and forages to optimize watershed and soil health.
Like many Albertan farmers, the love of country life runs deep within our hearts, so we knew we’d take over our family farm and work in agriculture for our entire lives. Most farms in Canada are family operations that have been passed down from generation to generation. Growing up on a farm gave me an appreciation of the land and passion for growing food.
I am just one of many; there are approximately 14,000 of wheat growers across Alberta.
What – One of the world’s oldest and most popular grains
Whole grains have been part of the human diet for thousands of years, and the benefits are tremendous – including many nutrients and fibre, lowering your risk of heart disease and supporting a healthy digestion system.
Including wheat into your diet not only provides health benefits, but you are supporting the Alberta economy and local producers. When you buy flour at the grocery store or bread at the farmers’ market, you’re directly supporting the Alberta Wheat farmer and the value chain associated with that food product.
We love to keep things local, but we also ship our wheat elsewhere. The wheat grown in Alberta is highly sought after in Canada and around the world. Our fantastic land and high standards make some of the best wheat available for baking, pastas and others wholesome wheat products.
When – All year long
Farmers plant spring wheat in April and May, and you’ll see those beautiful golden wheat fields throughout the summer. We typically harvest spring wheat in September and October. There is also a variety of wheat called winter wheat, which is planted in August or September and harvested the following summer.
After we harvest the wheat, we’ll either ship and sell the wheat to be processed or store it in grain bins until there is a market demand, so we can have high quality Canadian wheat all year.
Where – Grown at home
We’re lucky to live in one of the best places to grow wheat. Alberta’s growing soil is vast and varied which provides opportunity for farmers to grow different classes of wheat throughout the province. Wheat can be grown as far north as Mackenzie County boarding along the Northwest Territories and far south as the village of Wild Horse in Alberta. Durum wheat, which is made into pasta, is best grown in Southern Alberta as the climate is best suited for that class. While Hard Red Spring Wheat, which is mainly used for making bread, can be grown throughout the province of Alberta.
Wheat – Life’s Simple Ingredient
When you consider who grows it, what its benefits are, when it’s available, and where it comes from, it’s easy to love Canadian wheat.
So next time you are at the bakery or grocery store, remember the 5Ws of Life’s Simple Ingredient and that your purchases supporting local farm families and future farm generations.