Tuesday, August 11, 2009

FLAX-- a sea of blue!






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More farming photos for you! A few weeks ago our flax was blooming. Our kids have learned that when the flax is blooming be prepared to traipse out to the fields so that Mom can take a ton of pictures! I love taking pictures of our kids in our fields. You probably noticed that I don't post a lot of pictures of actual people on my blog....I do on occasion though. I don't really feel comfortable posting family pictures so I save those shots for my family ect...

I love flax when it is blooming. When you look across the country side enjoy a sea of blue. A flax field from far away looks much like a lake. It's beautiful.

A little information about flax--FYI!!


Flax production goes back to ancient history. Flax remnants were found in Stone Age dwellings in Switzerland, and ancient Egyptians made fine linens from flax fiber. Flax production moved west across the northern United States and Canada during the 1800s. As settlers moved west, flax was one of the crops produced. North Dakota farmers have grown flax since sod first was broken.

Producers grow two types of flax: seed flax for the oil in its seed and fiber flax for the fiber in its stem. Today producers in the upper Midwest and the Prairie Provinces of Canada grow seed flax. North Dakota is the leading producer of flax for oil and food use in the United States. Flax seed is crushed to produce linseed oil and linseed meal. Linseed oil has many industrial uses; linseed meal is used for livestock feed.

Human consumption of flax seed is increasing rapidly for its high dietary fiber, its omega-3 oils and anti-carcinogenic lignans. Flax seed oil is used as a vegetable oil by some consumers and processors say its use is doubling annually. Whole, (preferably) ground flax seed is consumed mostly in bakery products. Hens fed flax seed produce "omega eggs," which are sold in the U.S. and Canada for their high omega-3 oil content. Much flax seed meal also is fed to pets and other animals. Research is being conducted to determine the health benefits of human consumption of flax seed products.


So, there you have it--fresh from the farm! ;) We have been busy here preparing for harvest. It was finally HOT here today...when I drove our utility vehicle through a corn field I think I could actually hear the corn growing! We also have been moving things into our new shop that is FINALLY done. I am trying not to think about school starting soon...if I don't think about school it won't start right?? If you stopped in for a visit drop me a line and tell me what you have been up too!

Farmchick

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34 sweet chicks commented here:

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

I think flax flowers are so beautiful and your field looks like a dream to run through. No wonder your children love it! I have used flax seed in baking, but never knew so much about it until you explained it. No I'm even more interested in using it for health benefits. Thanks for teaching me something new and thanks to your family for being farmers in our great country. xxoo

Julie said...

I learned something new today--so thanks. I love the smell, sights and sounds of things growing. What a fun post!! Julie

Beth E. said...

Beautiful pictures! I love to eat flax seed. I bought some flatbread tonight that has flax in it...yummo!

We are getting ready to send both boys to college. Then, hubby and I will be empty-nesters. *sigh*

Blessings,
Beth

Debbie said...

This has been a great learning experience. And I would have just wondered about that huge field of beautiful blue flowers! Although I use flax seeds in my bread:)
I always enjoy your post and your pictures.
I cooked your pulled pork recipe; the family loved it. I still need to try the bun recipe. Have a great remainder of a summer!
Debbie

jojo said...

Very interesting post. Thanks, and the pics are gorgeous too..;p

vivian said...

thanks for sharing about the flax! would never had known anything about it if you hadn't! well, except that the field is beautiful when its all in bloom!
hugs
vivian

John Deere Mom said...

Just gorgeous!

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Very interesting!! I love it when you teach us about the crops!!

hugs, Linda

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I had a bit of flax growing in our old house, but haven't put any in here at the farm. Love the photos! Flax is so beautiful and airy, isn't it?

Susan said...

Thanks for the information on flax. Never knew anything about it. School starts soon for us. A sign that summer will be ending.

Hope all is well~

susan

Heidi Ann said...

What a lovely blog you have!!! I so enjoy learning about life on your farm!!!....Those "flax fields" are so amazingly pretty!....I will be back to visit again!.....Heidi XO

Twisted Fencepost said...

Beautiful fields!
I didn't know flax was used for so many things. Or that it had been around so long.
Thanks for teaching me something today.

Nel said...

The fields are so pretty. Thanks for sharing your knowledge also, very interesting!

threecollie said...

Wow, that is really lovely. I have a little in my wildflower garden some years, but I had no idea it was grown on a commercial scale. Thanks for the interesting information!

The Farmers Oldest Daughter said...

Beautiful blue flowers. I have never seen a field of flax before. That is not one of our crops. Flax seed is great in so many things.

Very interesting.

Maxine

Mandy in Mayberry said...

Wow, that was interesting! I didn't know much about flax - and it's beautiful too!

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Love your photos! They are always breath-taking!

Believe it or not, I already knew a lot about flax, at least about the human consumption parts! LOL!

I hope you are having a great week!

Vicki said...

Hi, Farmchick,
I enjoyed visiting your blog today. I had no idea flax was so beautiful! I enjoyed reading about its many uses, too. I am a farmer's daughter, and even though I don't live in the country, I still have that farmer's blood in me. I am always planting something! Come over and visit me at Bunny Cottage. Vicki

Gail said...

The flax blooms look almost like wild chickory...beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog.

aspen said...

I enjoy your photos and blog very much! Thanks for visiting mine! Its nice to see the "farmlife in photos!! The flax is beautiful when its blooming!!

Pyatshaw said...

You sure have BIG fields over there! Ours, in Britain, must look like pocket hankies!
I've seen the odd little field of flax here but nothing like your beautiful sight. The colour is wonderful. Will visit again.

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Oh my goodness!! How absolutely beautiful!!!!! :)

Kindra said...

I love seeing the fields that surround you. The flax is so pretty. Have a great weekend!

Farm Chick Paula said...

I always love seeing your farm pictures, Miss Farmchick!! (I really got a hoot out of the "Children of the Flax" picture! LOL)

Cow Pies & Mud Pies said...

I had no idea that it was so much more than a beautiful field of flowers! Thank you for giving us the scoop!

I'm trying not to think about school either...we have 2 more weeks before it starts. Everyone else in this area has begun. I'm somewhat ready for the "routine" but I'm not hurrying myself to get started! lol

Have a blessed week!!

K-Falls Farmgirl Cheryl said...

Thank you for posting these Flax facts... I love the blue flowers too.. I enjoyed visiting your blogsite. Thank you for finding me. I shall add you to my following list. Have a great day. I will be following you.... I too love to cook as well.
Cheryl

glitzen said...

Oh so pretty! Around here, (Alaska) we have fields and fields of fireweed, its SO vivid pink. Lovely. I am soaking up the last bits of summer! Your blog is so dang cute. Love it. :)

The Wife said...

Never knew anyone that grew flax. Sure makes for a pretty field. I'm jealous. It's been so hot and dry here, everything is burnt off. Just dead grass. :o(

Juanita said...

I enjoy visiting you so much! Your pictures are beautiful and you always keep us informed about farm life.You are so blessed!
Juanita

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Stunning!
I would love to run through that field.
It would make a great backdrop for some family Piccies for sure...
Lovely Just lovely.
You truly seem to live in a gorgeous part of the world

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Thanks for sharing the flax pictures....sure brings back some great childhood memories of my dad and raising flax!

Sarah said...

I had no idea flax was so pretty! It has been hot here in Texas all summer! We are about to start school, too. It is my husband's first year teaching and my first year substituting!

Sweet Blessings said...

I LOVE those pictures...your fields of Flax look breathtaking...what a sweet gift to get to see each Summer...right along with the Sunflowers! Thanks for the info....It's fun learning more about other's "farm income!" Have the BEST weekend! Sweet blessings!

Rambling Girl said...

Interesting post...My husband and I were just reading about flax since the doctor put hubby on high fiber diet for his diverticuli.