ROYAL CITY, WASHINGTON, U.S. — Cascade Milling announced on Feb. 2 that it plans to double organic wheat acreage to 5,000 irrigated acres in the Columbia Basin of central Washington, U.S., by 2018. This increase in acreage will allow Cascade Organic Flour to produce 30 million pounds of whole wheat organic flour from its own organic wheat production in less than two years.
Cascade Organic Flour (Cascade Milling) is a family-owned, vertically-integrated operation which grows several thousand acres of organic wheat and other crops near the Columbia River in central Washington, and its mill produces several million poundsof organic flour per year, the company said.
Cascade Organic Flour’s organic wheat is grown near the Cascade Mountains of Washington, U.S., with irrigation water from the Columbia River fed by snowpack from the Cascade Mountain and Rocky Mountain ranges. The rich volcanic soil and ideal climate conditions along the east slopes of the Cascade Mountains provides the optimum mix of essential nutrients and the best natural environment for growing some of the highest quality organic wheat in the world, the company said. As a result, Cascade Organic Flour is able to mill organic wheat flour (from organic wheat) that is high in protein and rich in other key nutrients.
Its organic wheat is stored in state-of-the-art grain storage facilities, which allow a year-round stable supply of organic wheat that consistently supplies its organic flour mill, the company said.
Moreover, its organic flour is inspected and checked, and the company’s food safety system conforms to audit and quality control protocols for tracing/recall at every step of the production process. Furthermore, through its modern flour milling facility, it can meet various specifications requested by customers, the company said.
"We are seeing tremendous interest in our 'Farm to Table' organic wheat flour program, as consumers want to know where the flour in their bread and other baked goods comes from, and that it is healthy and natural," said Justin Brown, Cascade Organic Flour’s owner and president.