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Raw Food: Amazing Grain


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,Sun2 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 DarrolSun3d 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 theraw food: oats 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

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  1. Susan wrote on April 8, 2010

    For what I use these products for, soaking isn’t an option to get the texture I am looking for.

  2. Faith Lubitz wrote on April 8, 2010

    do you think it is necessary to soak the oats first for the ‘sprouted’ rather than ‘enzyme inhibitor’ effect?

  3. Harry wrote on February 1, 2010

    I like oats and oatmeal and am mostly raw. Also am an urban gardener. Thanks for this article. Now inspired to grow and looking to source here in nys and get one of those hand crank mills.

  4. El wrote on November 9, 2009

    I love the idea of grinding organic oats. It’s really great that they cared so much about their bread. Can’t wait for your up and coming oat recipes!

  5. Heathy wrote on November 8, 2009

    OMG! that is amazing, i need an oat flaker! Thanks for the info!

    • Susan wrote on November 8, 2009

      I’m saying!!! You understand my excitement!

  6. Blaine wrote on November 8, 2009

    I just got REALLY excited about eating oats again!!
    I checked out their website, can you not order the ‘flaked oats’ from them? I only saw wheat flour as an option…

    • Susan wrote on November 8, 2009

      You can just drop her an email…she will definitely do the flaked oats. I have a big bag at home.

  7. Cindy wrote on November 8, 2009

    I need to visit your site more often. Your writing is SO good!! You make what you talk about come alive like we’re there with you!!


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