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Planting of wheat started shortly after Jan van Riebeeck arrived at the Cape in 1652, when one of his first undertakings was to grow wheat to supply food to passing ships. Wheat was being harvested in the Swartland by 1709 and the Voortrekkers also took wheat inland and grew it wherever they settled.

Wheat is planted mainly between mid-April and mid-June in the Swartland, which is a winter rainfall area and most of the wheat grown is for bread production. Every year the region celebrates the history of wheat on Harvest Day, when the farmers use vintage implements of a bygone era to harvest the wheat. The history and production of wheat in the Swartland can be relived by visiting the only Wheat Industry Museum in South Africa, in Moorreesburg, one of only three of its kind in the world.