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Maker Faire Gives Glimpse Into Wheat Processing

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Wheat. (istockphoto)

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DEARBORN (WWJ) – Ever wonder how wheat was thrashed and prepared for processing into flour for bread and pastries in the early part of the 20th century?

You can get an up close look Saturday and Sunday at the 2nd annual Maker Faire at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.

Ryan Spencer manages Firestone Farm at Greenfield Village. He says this is the first time in several years that they’ll be threshing some of the wheat grown at Greenfield Village.

“It’s a very rare variety, only a few places in the country grow it. And, then we’ll also be threshing wheat from another local farm in Macomb County.  The thresher and the steam engine and all the other equipment have been brought here by local enthusiasts from Southeast Michigan,” said Spencer.

Flour made from the rare wheat will be sold along with a recipe for bread in an effort to raise funds for Firestone Farm.

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