I had mentioned that I needed to start putting away grain in quantity. I checked a few known suppliers for rough costs, and found that shipping anything resembling a quantity of grain was going to run into stupid money very quickly. (Stupid money: shipping costs significantly more than the grain.)
I've read that some Walmarts carry wheat berries, so I've checked those local to us. No joy. The local hippie market - which I have NEVER set foot into before - does carry wheat berries among other whole grains, to the tune of $1.50/lb or more. Not terrible, but a bit on the high side.
A bit more work found a local granary that supplies both the hippie mart and a local flour mill, and will sell directly to consumers. All their product is certified-organic, which I don't particularly care about either way, but even paying the premium for organic grains is cheaper than paying shipping from a larger mill.
Reading over their web site, I found that one of their suppliers is a farmer whose property I've hunted on nuisance tags for several years. When I went to pick up my order, MrsZ and the girl working turned out to have gone to college together - not close friends, but several classes together.
It's a scary-small world sometimes!
(For the curious: I bought 50# of hard red wheat and 25# of oats for about $75. They are out of soft white wheat until the next harvest, probably July or so. I will continue looking for local and hopefully less-expensive sources.)
I did some more research, and decided the GrainMaker was the right mill for us. Their website notes that there is a price increase coming March 15 due to a major increase in material cost. I called and asked what kind of increase they were talking about. Since it's their business to publish it, I won't, but suffice it to say it's a three-digit number.
They offer a layaway plan, and I asked if they would honor the current price if I ordered for layaway today... and they will.
So, the mill is ordered. Should be here in a few months (i.e., when it's paid off).
Now I've got to get started on putting away grain...
For some reason the fed.gov thinks you're not smart enough to recognize my comments and opinions as just that. Or that people giving me free stuff would make for a better review. But to make a government paper-shuffler happy, here it is:
Unless otherwise and specifically noted, any product mentioned, commented about, or reviewed in this blog was bought with my own hard-earned money or given to me by a third party with no vested interest in a review (i.e., my wife).
Everything on this site is, unless otherwise indicated, copyright me - ZerCool - and may not be used for any commercial purpose without express written permission.