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Buckwheat! and our commitment to local grains

Posted on October 11, 2012 by William Brockenbrough


Good news! Our long wait for local buckwheat has ended. This Saturday afternoon, we will grind buckwheat into flour at Woodson’s Mill. This will reintroduce buckwheat flour and our famous three-grain pancake mix to our lineup. We will grind this Saturday, spend the week mixing, and make our finished pancake mix available October 20th.

Why the long wait for this popular pancake mix? We are committed to sourcing local grains, and buckwheat has proven to be one of the more difficult to find in the region. Our first batch will come from the Shenandoah Valley, then a continual supply will come from our friend Brian Walden at Steadfast Farm in Red Hill, Virginia. Pictured above is his field of buckwheat ready to be harvested!

So, if you are in the neighborhood this weekend, stop by in the afternoon as we grind a variety of grains the only way we know how; with our ca. 1840 water-powered stones.

Posted in buckwheat, cornmeal, farmers, grinding, philosophy, wheat

Grinding at Woodson’s Mill

Posted on August 06, 2012 by William Brockenbrough

Every visit to Woodson’s Mill is a unique experience, but grinding days are a special time when the 200-year-old building really comes to life. We grind as often as possible to insure that our stone-ground, all-natural meals and flour are perfectly fresh. And, we try to coordinate our grinding schedule with days we are open so that visitors can see their grits, cornmeal, and flour made right before their eyes.

We will be grinding at Woodson’s Mill this Saturday, August 11. The best time to see the mill in action is mid-morning, around 11 o’clock, or mid-afternoon, around 2 o’clock. Come watch as fresh, local corn and wheat are ground into quality grits, cornmeal and flour – the same way they have been since 1794.

For regular updates about what’s going on at Woodson’s Mill, including future grinding dates, sign up for our newsletter on our home page, or check our Facebook page. All Woodson’s Mill freshly ground products are available for purchase Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (except during winter months). Of course, they are also available 24/7 at woodsonsmill.com.

Posted in cornmeal, flour, grinding, grits