This is a one-man farming and milling operation with one paid mill assistant. I grow grain crops using organic methods and materials and mill some into flour or meal in my own stone mill. Currently everything is grown on a fifth-generation farm in Wheatland, California where there is abundant flat land. The flour mill is in Grass Valley.
Who Does the Farming?
My name is Reed Hamilton, and my wife Judy and I have lived in Grass Valley for 25 years and are the parents of two adult sons who grew up here. I have been in business here for all of that time, though I returned to farming in 2007. We have a wide circle of friends here and a strong commitment to our community.
I began Grass Valley Grains as a way to provide a source of wholesome, locally grown grain and grain products to local consumers. I chose to grow grains because I grew up on a grain farm and because I love bread, which seems such an elemental food. I am committed to growing food in a way that builds the soil and produces nutritious crops without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. I want to educate people about the properties of what they eat and the many grain crops that are available besides wheat. By milling my own crops and grains from other local growers I can ensure that products you buy are very fresh. I strive to have everything coming out of the mill sold within two weeks. I want my customers to be a community of friends who share an understanding of what it takes to produce this food.
What Are The Crops?
Most years I grow one or more of wheat, rye, oats, barley, corn, teff, and other grains. In my stone mill I can make flour or meal from just about all of these, or they can be used whole or cracked. During the drought years I sometimes buy organic grain from other area farmers to supplement my crops.
How Can You Buy Grain?
I sell grains, flour, and meal in bulk from the mill and to Flour Garden Bakery, Briarpatch Co-op, Produce Express, Next Generation Foods, and Tahoe Food Hub, and Great Basin Food Co-op.