at the mill

The Mill is where the farmers brings their grains for cleaning, storing and grinding into flours. Here are some pictures of that process.

 
Gilbert checking the dryness of a load of wheat

Gilbert checking the dryness of a load of wheat

Drying the grains

When grains arrive at the mill they are then dried to 11-13%. This is done with fans and careful monitoring.

Our seed cleaning machine, nicknamed "Mary Ellen Carter"

Our seed cleaning machine, nicknamed "Mary Ellen Carter"

Grain cleaning

Once the grains are dry they are run through the seed cleaner to remove chaff and clean the seed. This is done mechanically with a mill worker supervising.

Jim cleans the millstones to keep them at peak performance.

Jim cleans the millstones to keep them at peak performance.

Stone mill

The stones are taken apart regularly, painted with a food grade mix of flour, water and food coloring, to show the high points, cleaned and ground to be even again.

Cleaned, the two stones are fit back together.

Cleaned, the two stones are fit back together.

Return to work

As the stones rotate, the grains are ground to flour, retaining all their nutrients because the process stays cool.

Through the viewing window

Through the viewing window

Making Flour

Depending on the setting, the mill can grind grains to different levels of coarseness, which can then be sifted further for different kinds of flour.