Our original interest at Anarchy Acres was in hard red wheats, and it was only by chance that Charlie obtained an archival sample of Goldcoin seed from the USDA collection in 2016. Since then, the wheat has really caught our interest. It is an awnless type of wheat, with very tall and strong stems. Goldcoin was selected from a field of Diehl Mediterranean wheat by a New York farmer in the late 19th century. The seed was improved by simple selection and the new variety became popular in several states, including a few fields in Wisconsin.
At harvest time, the color and texture of Goldcoin is spectacular. The seed heads have indescribable tones, and the upper stems often turn purple. The berries are nearly white, and soft. In 2022 we harvested two acres of Goldcoin from Ron's field on Spring Street, the same field where we first grew Wisconsin No 2 at scale in 2017. The field was productive and we have plenty of Goldcoin for bakers to enjoy now.
Goldcoin flour is unusually bright and produces very smooth batters. It absorbs moisture more slowly than other flour, and we have found that pancake batter is best when prepared the night before. Goldcoin excels in making all kinds of cookies, and the spritz cookies we made for Thanksgiving just melted in the mouth. We recommend Goldcoin wholeheartedly for all types of quickbreads, and it's a thrill to bring this product back to the market after a 100 year absence.