Kenyon's Grist Mill in Usquepaugh, RI
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"Traditional Stone Milling since 1696"
21 Glen Rock Road
Usquepaugh, RI 02892
A grist mill is a grain mill that turns whole berries of grain or whole kernels of corn into meal or flour. At Kenyon's Grist Mill, we still do it the old-fashioned way and continue to use the original granite millstones quarried from Westerly, RI. These huge stones produce the exceptional texture and quality not found in modern, steel ground flours. Single pass stone grinding also preserves the vital, natural nutrition of the grains. Kenyon's offers the ingredients that health conscious consumers are searching for, ground the simple, old fashioned way of long ago.
Kenyon's Grist Mill is regularly inspected by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the FDA. This qualifies us to ship throughout the country and stand behind our products' excellence. Customers have sought Kenyon's products for generations because of our honesty, dependability, and high standards. We pride ourselves in doing business the right way and feel honored to be preserving a piece of Rhode Island's history. Kenyon's Grist Mill is always looking for new sources of locally grown grain, especially the rare crop of Rhode Island Flint Corn. Although we try very hard to purchase our grains as local as possible, it is also important to consider the farming methods used. As always, we do not use, or source grain with any additives, pesticides or preservatives.
Our building is nestled along the banks of the Queen's River in the village of Usquepaugh (located in West Kingston off Route 138, five miles from the University of Rhode Island). We are the oldest manufacturing business in Rhode Island, and the second oldest continuously operating business in the state. Although our current building dates back to 1886, we've been grinding meals & flours continuously on site since 1696. Our most popular products are White Corn Meal (or Johnny Cake Meal), Clam Cake Mix, Pancake Mixes, Corn Bread & Muffin Mix, Brown Bread Mix, as well as a variety of other meals, flours and other mixes. You may see us cooking our famous Clam Cakes & Chowder at several community fairs. We also hold a few events at the mill with tours and more. Our largest event, the annual Harvest/Johnny Cake Festival will be held on October 19 & 20, 2013 with over 85 local vendors. If you are a business, restaurant or farm interested in wholesale, custom grinding, or private labeling, please call us today and we would love to work with you. If you are a retail customer, visit our website's purveyor section for a complete listing on where to buy or visit the mill's shop during business hours. You may also order online or find us at a few farmer's markets (specific dates on our website).
Photo Credits: Mill Sign - Jerry Horbert; Paul Drumm Jr. & Paul Drumm III - Hank Randall; Johnny Cakes & Box - Karen Bartlett; Waterfall - Jerry Horbert; Volunteers with Johnny Cakes - Chet Browning; Tent - Karen Cooke
—Paul Drumm III, Owner / Miller
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