Those interested in learning about the history and method of flour production at Bear’s Mill in Greenville should read the latest issue of Our Ohio magazine. This month’s issue features Farm Bureau members Julie and Terry Clark who currently operate the mill which they purchased in 1979.
“We were young, ambitious and looking for something interesting to do,” said Julie looking back on their decision to purchase the mill.
Since 2000, the mill has been managed by Friends of Bear’s Mill, a not-for-profit organization, but Julie remains the retail manager and Terry remains the miller. The water-powered mill is a tourist destination known for its original grindstones, dating back to 1849, and unique timber framework. It was placed on the National Register of historic places in 1975.
Bear’s Mill processes approximately 20,000 pounds of wheat annually and makes a variety of whole grains and flours available for purchase in its retail store. Several Ohio farmers supply the mill with corn, rye and wheat. Food For Life Farm in Yorkshire also supplies the mill with spelt which is used for denser baked goods, such as German-style breads.
For the full article and cookie recipes incorporating whole grain ingredients, visit OurOhio.org, the magazine’s website dedicated to providing expert information on topics such as Ohio gardening, travel, cooking, community involvement, and where to buy Ohio farm products locally.
Or, to receive Our Ohio magazine, sign up to become a Farm Bureau member by calling 1.888.GrowWithFB or visiting GrowWithFB.org. Our Ohio is an effort to help further Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission of forging a partnership between farmers and consumers and is supported by Nationwide Insurance.