|Cedar Creek Grist Mill, June 2011|
Because this week is cold, wet, and gloomy here in Portland, I'm returning in memory to a warmer month (June) and a bit of local travel. The Cedar Creek Grist Mill, not far from Portland in Washington State, has been milling grain with waterpower since 1876.
|millstone, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, WA|
Volunteers in overalls and work boots detail the mill's history and then give a hands-on demonstration, milling whole grains from Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie, Oregon, into whole-wheat bread flour, pancake flour, and cornmeal that, when parceled still friction-warm into paper bags, visitors can take home for free, along with recipes—though preferably in exchange for a welcome donation to museum operations. I carried home and stored in my freezer (in 29-cent Goodwill-thrifted Kerr jars) bread flour and cornmeal, the latter of which makes good polenta. (I'm still working on my bread skills.)
|cornmeal, Cedar Creek Grist Mill|
The mill also hosts special events throughout the year, including butter-churning, wool-spinning, and (most years) apple-cider-pressing. I'm hoping to return this year on May 26th for the Spin In, along with a forest picnic. Sound fun?
|wheels, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, WA|