The Coronavirus pandemic has made bakers of all of us, partly out of boredom, partly out of the inevitable carb cravings that come with stress. While run-of-the-mill flour brands are rarely available at grocery stores nowadays, this might be the perfect time to try the healthier local flours from artisan makers.
Baker’s Field Flour and Bread – Minneapolis, MN
Located in the Food Building in Northeast Minneapolis, Bakers Field is small batch bakery that produces its own milled-to-order flour on granite stone mills from Midwest-farmed single-origin whole grains. A minimum purchase of two bags can be shipped for $7 per bag. Local customers can pick up orders at Kieran’s Kitchen in Food Building). Four-pound bags of flour are also stocked at Kieran’s Kitchen but sell out quickly.
Doubting Thomas Farms – Moorhead, MN
Now on its fifth generation, the Thomas family has been farming since 1978, growing certified organic crops for local markets and restaurants. Shop for a variety of organic flours and oats on their web site, along with Minnesota wild rice and eggs when available.
Sunrise Flour Mill – North Branch, MN
Darrold and Marty Glanville produce heritage flours sourced from organic non-GMO grain varieties. Sunrise Flour Mill utilizes Unifine mill technology- a single pass, high velocity impact mill. The mill produces a super-fine and fluffy flour without added chemicals. Orders can be placed on the web site and shipped for $8.99 for orders over $50, or at local co-ops when available.
NETZRO - Minneapolis, MN
Netzro sells bags of upcycled flour available for delivery within the Twin Cities metro area. Typically a B2B company, the flour only just became available to consumers during the pandemic. A 2lb bag of organic whole wheat flour with NETZRO spent rye grain from Tattersall Distilling or a 2lb bag of organic whole wheat flour with spent grain from Modist Brewing are priced at $8 a piece.