Still looking for material on how to make chocolate from the seeds without a 20 ton hydraulic press to remove cocoa butter from the nibs... but no hurry. Probably be 6 or 7 years before that will ever be a real issue.
Now, if the peppermint would just hatch, I'd only be a dairy cow away from making mint chocolate chip ice cream!
I've also been looking at electric grain mills. Seems for $100-$300, you can get a machine that turns a sack of wheat into a sack of flour. Such might be convenient someday. A quick googling says that a bushel of wheat is about 60lbs, and that most farms average 30 bushels per acre. (Note: "30 bushels in pounds", or even "30 wheat bushels in pounds" does not work for unit conversion in google... seems they missed one. At least ".02mm in parsecs" works.) 1800 lbs? That can't be right.
Even if you can't get nearly that much without aggressive chemical fertilizing and pesticides, a third of that would still be significant. 600 lbs has to be enough for several people to get fat on bread and pasta per year, off of a single acre.
Seems that harvesting it would be tough, more so if you had more than a single acre. I'd not be buying a $250,000 GPS-guided combine, obviously. Scything it down would be fun for about 30 seconds, and get old real quick. Some sort of mechanization seems reasonable (and wouldn't mess up organic certification), even if it's just a little mini-tractor.
I wonder if I could really do this, or if I'm just fooling myself.
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