I am super excited this month to announce our grain challenge sponsors!
I have been a huge fan of Bob from the time I first purchased a bag of organic thick cut oats with that red mill logo on the front. Fast forward to my local foods mid life crisis and Bob was there for me. A short while later, when I learned how prevalent GMOs were in the US food chain, Bob’s Red Mill took a non GMO pledge. Anytime I wanted to know where a particular package of something was grown, I would phone up the company and they would tell me. And just when I thought Bob was as cool as cool got, in February of 2010 he went and gave his company to the employees.
And it’s not just that Bob is so cool – his products are amazing. Some of my personal staples are the thick cut organic oats, the red lentils, the semolina flour, the masa harina (yes I know I could nixtamalize my own but I have been there and done that, girlfriend), and anytime I don’t grind my own, I use Bob’s.
Which he grinds using this.
You probably don’t use that.
But come next month, you may use this.
Because November’s other sponsor is Country Living Grain Mills
That is not a typo. I’m SUPER excited to share my favorite mill with someone.
I waxed poetic about it in the book. I coveted it and dreamt about it and when my little old Family Grain mill started slowing down last year, I took the plunge and bought my own. The next post I do this week will be a grain mill comparison from a grinding party I had last January (because I am jiggy like that) and you will see that the Country Living Mill was the finest grind, the quietest grind, and the lowest electricity grind. When our power went out for a week last January we ate high on the hog and stayed warm by grinding flour by kerosene lantern. We had pancakes for breakfast (on the campstove of course), rooster and dumplings for dinner, rabbit gumbo with corn pones, and dutch oven biscuits. No generator required.
The Country Living mill is made in the USA by a small, family owned business in Stanwood, WA. It’s convertible from manual to electric but my favorite way to power it is by bicycle. There is a photo in The Urban Farm Handbook of Scott from Marra Farm and Lettuce Link (which a portion of my royalties will go to should I ever earn any…) pedaling grains during the Seattle Farm Coop’s Harvest and Barter Fair.
How could you not want that?
So a special thanks to November’s fantastic sponsors!
And now to jump to November’s fantastic co-host, Homebrew Husband on Erica’s fantastic blog, NW Edible Life and his indescribably beautiful post on how to brew all grain mash homebrew. Because grains are not just for bread people. You can drink them too. Without further adieu, please jump to brew!
But remember to come back here in a few days for another grain challenge, and then again on the last day of the month to enter your comments or linkup to the final roundup post for a chance to win these fantastic prizes! Please note for this challenge that winners are limited to US and Canada.