Local food goes beyond the produce aisle

So, we’ve talked some about the durum wheat we have growing right now, at Rocker 7 Farm Patch and on parts of our original farm, Rocker 7 Farms.

It should be harvested in early June. But where does it go from there?

We know more people are concerned with buying food that is grown and processed more locally, and we want you to know you can think beyond your salad plate when it comes to “local” food and local farmers.

While quite a bit of Arizona-grown durum wheat is exported to pasta plants in Italy, did you know that some of it stays right here in the West Valley?

That’s right.

Where does Rocker 7 Farm Patch durum wheat go upon harvest?

Some of our grain traAmerican Italian Pasta Companyvels less than 20 miles to the American Italian Pasta Company plant in Tolleson. They take freshly-harvested Arizona-grown durum wheat and create delicious pasta, sold under some of the brands you see here. And what’s better than supporting a local farmer sending his crop to a local plant employing local people and producing local food? Not much in our book.

The APIC plant feeds directly into the Tolleson location of Bay State Milling. Bay State acquires all the grain that maybe wasn’t the best to make high-quality pasta and further refines it into flours.

Bay State MillingBoth of these companies offer a variety of products sold under various labels, giving you plenty to choose from in the grain portion of your family’s diet.

Durum wheat is a huge commodity crop in Arizona, and we thought it was only fair for you to know your next bowl of pasta could be brought directly from a farmer near you – like all of us at Rocker 7 Farm Patch.

Remember that your main course can be just as local as your side salad when it comes to selecting food for your family.

And as always, thank a farmer!