Peanut Butter & Co. Farm Late Summer Update
Our farmers, Greg, and Mary Nell Baltz, have reported good news about both our peanut and corn crops! We began to harvest our rotation crop, corn, last week and will continue to harvest into early September.
In 2017 and prior years, GMO corn had been grown on our land. Almost all of our products are Non-GMO Project Verified, and as a company, we are committed to using only non-GMO ingredients in our products. The peanuts that we grow are non-GMO, so we decided to switch to growing only non-GMO corn moving forward!
Every other year, we rotate corn and peanuts because each crop supplies nutrients back to the soil that the subsequent crop can take advantage of. We learned from Greg that light, sandy soil is the perfect environment for both peanuts and corn to grow. Crop rotation plays a vital role in soil health, plant health, disease control, nutrient availability, and sustainability.
Sustainability is extremely important to us. According to research conducted by UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, peanuts require less water to grow than almonds, walnuts, and pistachios. Take a look at this article from the National Peanut Board about the water footprint of peanuts to learn more!
We are on schedule to harvest our high oleic peanuts, the same kind of peanut we use in our Peanut Powder, in early October. Our goal is to one day be able to offer products made from peanuts we grow ourselves. Stay tuned for more news about our farm and our upcoming peanut harvest!