March Preserving Traditions event: wheat and home grain milling

grain mill

Lee Purdy of Westwind Milling Company (Linden, MI about 40 miles north of Ann Arbor) will talk to us about different types of wheat, the kinds of wheat grown in Michigan, and his farm and historic mill.

Westwind is one of the few places in our area to buy locally-grown grains, and they are organic. They also have much better prices than the grain sellers at the farmers’ market, so if you do a lot of baking,  consider placing an order. If you would like to buy some flour or baking mixes (or mustard, or syrup, or…) from Westwind, place an order by phone or through their web site and Lee will bring your order down on March 8th. (Please pay directly to the mill when you place your order.)

You will also have a chance to try several types of home grain mills and learn about grinding your own flour from whole grains. If you can bring a grain mill to demonstrate, please let us know in the “additional information” box. (Don’t throw your back out bringing your cast iron Country Living mill, though!)

RSVP here!

When and where:

Sunday, March 8th, 2pm
Pittsfield Grange (map)
3337 Ann Arbor – Saline Rd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
$5 donation requested

Note: You can take the #16 bus from the Blake Transit Center downtown Ann Arbor. Get off on Oak Valley Drive (the bus will pass Meijer and turn left). You’ll have to walk a couple hundred yards down Ann Arbor – Saline road; the Grange is on the south (left) side of the road.



  1. D. Nelsen said,

    February 12, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I’ve been lurking and loving your blog for a while now. For those of us in remote places (relative to you, at least), who would love to attend a home milling event but can’t quite justify the carbon footprint of the trip, is there any chance you can solicit comments/reviews of the different mills from your attendees, and post them here?

    Thanks again for such a great blog!

  2. Emily said,

    February 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Great idea, D! I will add it to the to-do list. 🙂 And thanks for the compliments…makes me smile to know y’all are out there, listening.

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