Chickpeas :

Soak chickpeas in cold water in the fridge overnight (at least 12 hours). Ensure chickpeas are fully covered. Once chickpeas have soaked, drain and transfer to a large cooking pot. Cover with water twice the amount of chickpeas and bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low-medium heat for 30-40 minutes. Do a taste test at this point to make sure they are tender enough for your liking.

Lentils:

Bring water to the boil and cover tightly, reduce heat and simmer until they are tender. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

How do I cook the pulses I have bought?


Yes all our produce is grown on our very own farm!

Located in Victoria's Wimmera region near a small town called Rupanyup our farm is family run and has been in operation in the family name for 6 generations. The farm is in the heart of Victoria's broadacre cropping region in the northwest corner of Victoria, 3 hours from Melbourne. 

Is all your produce sourced from your farm? And where is it grown?


Are your pulses organic?

Our farm is not an organic certified farm. 

Our farm is a ‘conventional farm’ in definition in that we do use chemicals and technology in the cultivation of our crops. Typically this consists of an early grass spray to reduce competition so that we actually have a crop to provide to our customers. It certainly doesn’t mean we don’t have a commitment to sustainable farming though.  

We undertake best practice farming to minimize exposure to chemicals throughout the growing process. This means our grains and pulses are not treated with chemicals or gases following harvest and the seed is not treated prior to sowing. 

We undertake a holistic approach to our farming where we aim to provide high quality produce while enacting sustainable farming practices 


What are your commitments to sustainability?

The sustainability measures we undertake tie in strongly with the way we grow our crops. We have long been of the mantra that healthy soils mean a healthy farm. We are continuously looking at means to improve the health of our soils, fully aware of both the short and long term benefits of doing so. With natural rainfall remaining our biggest limitation it is imperative that our soils are of excellent health when the gods decide to open the heavens!

It is this committment to sustainabiltiy that has seen us evolve to ‘no till’ farming practices. In short this means, we prepare the land for farming without mechanically disturbing the soil. The previous year’s crops are left in the soil and the new crop is planted into the old.

This has seen a whole host of benefits including increased water infiltration and therefore water retention, elimination of soil erosion and promoting biodiversity in and around the soil.

Perhaps most prudent though is the benefit this has had on our ability to grow our pulses. By planting into the previous year’s cereal crop, this plant residue of the previous year act’s as a natural trellis reducing exposure to disease and increasing our ability to harvest them.

A broader rotation program has also been highly beneficial to the health of our soils. The pulses/legumes we grow provide a natural nitrogen fix to the soils to benefit future farming. 

While our cropping practices are our biggest commitment to sustainability we have also undertaken other initiatives including shelter belts (aligning trees on the edges of paddocks to reduce exposure to wind and erosion), comprehensive tree planting programs and fencing of remnant vegetation.


Can you buy your pulses in bulk or for wholesale?

You most certainly can.

Shoot us an email at witsendpulses@gmail.com to get your order on the way.