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How to buy grain from farmers?

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Hi,

I like everyone else would like to start my own distillery. In am in the Oregon and Washington State area and I know WA requires a craft distillery to produce its product from at least 51% grain grown from within the state. Oregon doesn't have that requirement, but I would like to support local farmers, and the local economy, and purchase things like; corn, wheat, barley, rye, etc direct from local farmers in Oregon and/or Washington.

What I can't find is an easy way to do this. Can anyone help? How do you buy things like corn or wheat from a local farmer? Where? Is there a co-op or certain place/website I can go to to do this?

Thank you for your time!

John

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An easy way to source material locally is to go to a local farmers market. Now odds are there won't be a grain farmer at it but farming is a close knit community and as such some farmer at the market should be able to point you in the right direction.

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1. Contact your state Agricultural department.

2. Contact Ag programs at area universities.

3. Look up listings for grain elevators.

4. Ask for referrals at farm supply stores.

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I haven't had any luck at the farmers market, but some of those other places I haven't tried. Thanks for your time guys!

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I believe the problem you will encounter is seasonal availability direct from farmers. Unless of course you are planning on storing your yearly demand, which can be done. Most farmers seem to store and consume their own projected demand, then sell off the excess to grain houses to avoid spoilage.

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