Creating this blog, and all the raw food recipes constantly has me on the hunt for interesting people that I can introduce you to. On a recent trip to the Mill City Farmer’s Market, I met Marty Glanville and her husband, Darrold. I was casually strolling through the booths, marveling at all of the wonderful products available at this organic market in Minneapolis, when Marty’s booth caught my eye. I did a double take. She was standing at a counter, putting oat groats into a hand crank mill. Out came flaked oats, that were organic, fresh and required no heat for processing! I was thrilled. Raw oats that would work in my raw food recipes!
Maybe this requires a little explanation. Since going raw, I have missed flaked oats. I was always in search of a raw, organic alternative and here it was, staring me in the face. The best part was that I could do it myself! My mind started racing with all the possibilities.
I recently visited Marty and Darrold at their home in central Minnesota. Just off of the house, is the building that they mill in. Darrold personally sources all of the organic grain. He visits the farmers and finds the highest quality for their mill. I was presented with samples of the grains that they currently working with. There were quite a few different types of wheat, spelt, rye, and oats. Darrold is always looking for interesting grains and more will be added.
I asked Marty and Darrold how they got into this business at this point in life. Marty is a retired educator and Darrold has retired from the business world. This is how it started. Darrold was interested in learning how to make bread. After many unsuccessful (to his standards) attempts, he stumbled upon some freshly milled, organic wheat flour. It transformed his bread. Realizing that modern flour milling was stripping all of the nutrients and taste from the grain, his passion to return to more simple ways was ignited. The fresh milled grain taste different. They compare it to the taste of a tomato out of your garden vs one that has been shipped half way round the world.
Marty and Darrold personally grind all the oats and flours. They produce small batches, to order. The mills that they use are not only functional, they are beautiful. Imported from Germany, made from beech wood, they carry the high standard of German engineering. You can order them from their website. I have one on my wish list. For now, I will be buying my oats from Sunrise Flour Mill.
I have already worked up a raw oatmeal that is divine. I will incorporating the oats into new flat bread recipes and also a granola recipe. Look for the recipes coming up this week.
You can find Marty and Darrold here: Sunrise Flour Mill