Camp Grant Ranch, John LaBoyteaux

Update on Camp Grant Ranch — October 2016

If you hang around long enough and volunteer to pick pumpkins with John LaBoyteaux, then you are lucky enough to get an invitation to The Last Pumpkin Waltz harvest party.  The day was the stormiest on the north coast in a long time, water was pooling on Hwy 101 and coming from the sky in a great deluge.  I was a little worried I’d arrive to find that the party had been canceled — but of course, you know these tough Humboldt County folk — I wasn’t the only one who braved the storm to head down to Camp Grant Ranch.  Loads of home cooked foods were consumed, followed by pumpkin carving — which was good, because that was followed by a tasting of Alchemy Distillery Boldt Whiskey — in a fabulous drink that made all of that rain outside seem like a sunny day.  Not sure I would have handled the pumpkin carving knives well if I’d had whiskey first!big-ole-boldt-sunrise-recipe-card

Amy Bohner shows off a bottle of Boldt Whiskey -- which was promptly consumed by those attending!

Amy Bohner shows off a bottle of Boldt Whiskey — which was promptly consumed by those attending!

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John LaBoyteaux checks out the label of his own personal bottle, a gift from Amy and Steve Bohner from Alchemy Distillery.

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Sally carved this pumpkin before consuming the shot of Boldt Whiskey — honest!

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However — Sally was happy to be the recipient of the first shot…

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The label shows AGS-104 Rye as the grain varietal; the farm is Camp Grant Family Farm, Location is Clover Crossing, Lake County.

If you’ve followed the local food movement in Humboldt, I’m sure you’ve come across the name John LaBoyteaux — John generously donates much of his time to share his thoughts about supporting local farmers and land use issues.  He is one of the pioneers who is bringing wheat back to Humboldt.  That’s right, I said “back” to Humboldt.  In the early 1900’s Humboldt County was an award winning region for growing wheat.  These were smaller pieces of land that used smaller pieces of equipment to work them — not the giant combines you picture in the great plains region.  John recently helped with an effort to study different varieties at the College of the Redwoods farm down in Shively — soft and hard wheats that will soon be available at farmers markets.  John has worked with Rhonda Wiedenbeck from Beck’s Bakery to grow some varieties that she can include in her products so we can once again eat bread made from wheat grown in Humboldt.

At the end of August 2016 I was invited to a wheat harvest at Camp Grant Ranch — photos below give a small taste of the wondrous barrels of wheat that will make their way into Rhonda Wiedenbeck’s bread (Beck’s Bakery) and Steve and Amy’s spirits (Alchemy Distillery)…as well as some of my own pastries and breads!

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2 Comments

  1. gary egbert said,

    April 22, 2014 at 2:16 am

    john could you please call me at your convince to talk about white sonora wheat and others

    thank you gary egbert 734-765-0408

  2. March 31, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    […] Francisco, CA Rhonda Wiedenbeck, Beck’s Bakery Tom Hunton, Camas Country Mill in Eugene, OR John LaBoyteaux, Camp Grant Ranch, Humboldt, […]


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