Yesterday, I drove up to Rominger Brothers Farm in Winters, CA to visit our Floriani Red Flint corn and to see how our first crop of Otto File (another revered Italian heritage variety of corn for polenta) was doing. It just feels good to be up there, and I always learn something — occasionally amazing:

We have 5 acres of Floriani Red Flint corn growing, and an acre of Otto File. That’s a lot, possibly 10,000 to 15,000 lbs. of grain. It will probably be ready for harvest in late September or October, and ready to eat by this winter. Most of it will be machine harvested, but we’re thinking of trying to harvest some by hand (sounds like a party). And hopefully, we’ll be selling some of the grain. More to come on that…

Last year’s crop of Floriani Red Flint polenta is served in the cafe every day and usually available on the dinner menu as well. The corn is milled fresh and whole grain (or integrale). So, not only do you get the nutty, distinct flavor of the red flint corn, you also get all of the flavor.

The Rominger Brothers also grew out some Italian wheat varieties for us, as we continue to work with them in our attempt to understand which wheat varieties grow best here in Northern California. This is a massive yet extraordinarily interesting project. Stay tuned…