Rice for Sale
October 20, 2017 - We are in the midst of the harvest and have pre-orders to fill. Order are being filled by the date they are received.
We are selling our rice direct to customers with orders of five or more pounds. Pick-ups are at Meridians, in downtown Fairfield, and in Lincolnville. If large enough, we can arrange a pickup down in Portland. The price starts at $7/lb. for 5 lbs. We are offering many different varieties, though have limited amounts of all of them. We are only selling 500 lbs direct to consumers. When you purchase your rice please fill out the form indicating your top preference/s, and we will fill them in the order we receive them. Thanks for supporting one of the only human powered, or mostly human powered commercial grain operations in the country!
You can also find our rice in the following co-ops:
Good Tern Natural Foods in Rockland, Portland Food Co-op in Portland, Meridians in Fairfield, Morning Glory in Brunswick, Local food market in Brunswick, Rosemont in Portland, Rising tide in Damariscotta, 47 Daisies in Vassalboro, Belfast Co-op, Local Market in Brunswick, and Blue Hill Co-Op (coming soon)
We are the only commercial rice farm in Maine. We started with only a few grams of each variety and having been saving the best seed of all of them. We have tested 40 different varieties to date, and continue to test a few new ones every year.
All rice is grown by our organic standards:
- Inputs: Compost, rock amendments and foliar homemade teas (sourced mostly from the gulf of Maine) for fertility.
- Integration: Grown in rice paddies, with azolla and ducks. Technically, ducks in the paddy prevent us from organic certification.
- Human power: No machinery is used the paddies. The rice was threshed with a foot powered thresher.
- No GMOs, No seed coatings, Low Arsenic
We are still in the midst of taste testing these varieties, so expect more information soon! Also, while we go into details about the details of the rices below, overall they are all amazing with just about anything.
We recommend cooking all the rice in rice cooker, with a 2-1 volume ratio of water to rice.
- Japanese Short Grain Rices: The following two rices come from Northern Japan, and are the typical, short grain light brown Japanese rices. They are lowland rices, meaning they are meant to be grown in paddies, or wet conditions. These rices a delicious all on their own, they fry well, make for great rice balls, and are fantastic all-around, everyday rices that compliment just about everything. They are medium stickiness, hold their structure well, and the grains give a light and satisfying pop when bitten into.
- Yukihikari - Loosely translates to "light snow." This is our latest to mature and the taste suggests it needs that extra time to form its array of tastes and smells. This is hands down the most complex and floral rice we offer. Its range of taste is similar to a zinfandel. There are notes of sesame, maple syrup, and citrus. High availability.
- Hayayuki - Hayayuki loosely translates to "first snow", which makes sense as this rice is the first to mature at Wild Folk Farm. This lowland variety is creamier and smoother than our other Japanese rices. It is delicate and floral with notes of oats, buckwheat, and vanilla. This rice has a nice, clean minerality to it, which makes it great in soups and curries.
- Sweet/Sticky Rice: These rices are pearly white, and also are referred to as glutinous, but only because they are sticky - there is no gluten in rice! Great for rice balls, Thai food, desserts, with yogurt and dairy, mochi, and all things sticky - the texture is awesome. I personally like eating sticky rice the next morning, when it is cold, in a cereal.
- Cse He Jao - from China.
- Yukimochi - from Japan. 'Mochi' refers to the sweet rice cake this variety is often used to make, and 'Yuki' means snow. This rice is from northern part of Japan.
- Uz Rosk: Short grain and light brown. Uz Rosk originates Central Asian in and is our highest yielder! This is an upland rice, which does well in drier conditions. At home with Eastern European cuisine, this rice works well as a compliment to other, stronger tasting foods. It is sweeter than Duborskian (see below), with sweet and musky notes that turn almost towards walnuts (mineral oak/tannic). Great with meat, fish, vinegar, ferments, root veggies and the like.
- Duborskian: Short grain brown rice that originates in Ukraine. Like Uz Rosk, the taste seems to suggest a hearty, cold climate. This is a great breakfast cereal rice, almost like cream of wheat, or porridge. Definitely a comfort food rice. Satisfying, smooth texture.
- Arpa Shali: The only medium grain and red rice we are offering. Upland variety, originating in Central Asia. Like most longer grain rices the grains stay separate, and have a coarser, less sticky texture then short grain rices. Great taste on its own, or for stuffing vegetables and baking. Also good to accompany poultry and lamb. This is similar to bhutanese red rices. It has an engaging tannic taste to it, floral, savory and complex. Frank Giglio suggests using this rice for rice salads.