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The current crisis has resulted in a huge increase in demand for and interest in flour, baking and breadmaking. Most of our members are working flat out to rise to the occasion. It has highlighted the fragility of the global food chain, and the value of having a close working relationship between farmer, miller, baker and consumer – you! More than ever just now it makes sense to buy locally if you can. This is something that the Guild has always advocated – take a look at the film we produced in 2011 via this link . We have also helped raise awareness of the need for bio-diversity, and access to a wide range of different grains and flours.
It may seem odd that flour is in such short supply, surely people aren’t eating more bread, biscuits and cakes than ever? Probably not, although there is something decidedly more-ish about home-baked bread. No, it seems the problem is that the big mills are set up to ship flour out in tanker-loads, or pallet-loads of 40 X 25Kilo sacks. Not 1K bags. The closure of cafes, restaurants and small artisan bakeries has compounded the problem. Then there is the run on yeast, stimulating an interest in sour dough. The Real Bread Campaign website is the place to go for more on all of this.
We are setting up a “Flour Power” page, with some examples of how our mills are rising to the challenge. Watch this space.
Folic Acid Consultation
There is an important new page regarding Government proposals to add Folic Acid to flour. Click this link for more details.
About the Traditional Cornmillers Guild
The Guild provides information, support and advice about and for the increasing numbers of traditional windmills and watermills that have remained in production or have been brought back into full working order in Britain. Whenever possible member mills use wind or water turning sails or waterwheels as their primary source of power. They all mill stoneground flours using horizontal millstones.
In the past traditional mills performed a vital role in feeding both people and animals, and were a familiar sight in most towns and many villages. The Guild promotes the production and use of stoneground flours, and has strong links with farmers and artisan bakers, as well as those who like to make their own bread at home. It is very heartening to see that, since its establishment in the 1980s, many British mills have
been saved, restored, and, very often, brought back into full working order – perhaps more than in any other country. Together we meet and encourage a growing demand for local, distinctive, and home produced flours.
Most of the Guild mills are open to visitors and many have millshops, tea
rooms, milltours, and associated events
and activities to offer. Click on the dropdown menus for details of individual mills. They are usually in interesting and beautiful places. Mills are particularly popular with children and make for a very educational and enjoyable day out for schools.
A good place to start if you are interested in finding our more about our mills is by having a look our film, via the link below.
We are always pleased to hear from people associated with traditional working mills who are interested in membership.
Don’t forget to check out our News Pages :
Mill News, with items that might be interest to all.
Mill News for Guild Members, a password only section for Guild Members.
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