Weisenberger Mill outside Midway, Kentucky, is Kentucky’s oldest operating mill. It sits on the banks of Elkhorn Creek, on the Scott County side (Woodford County is across the creek). The mill has been in business since 1865 and is still owned by the Weisenbergers.
Although I could buy all the basic mixes in my local grocery store, a ten-minute (one-way) trip to the mill not only gets me access to their flour (made from Kentucky grain and only available at the mill), but a great drive through the Land of Bourbon and Bluegrass. On the way to the mill is Lane’s End Farm (birthplace of Charismatic, 1996 Derby Winner), as well as WinStar and Three Chimneys Farms. A little farther up the road is Old Friends in Georgetown, the thoroughbred retirement facility. Needless to say, the views along the drive are lovely.
The “shop” at the mill is tiny. And I mean tiny. There is a desk, this shelving unit with the bag/envelope mixes, and a tiny office to the right. They don’t even keep the five-pound bags of flour out; I had to ask for them (self-rising and all-purpose). I forgot to ask for grits, but was able to buy them at the local grocery later the same day.
You can park at the mill just outside the office, right beyond the one-lane bridge that spans Elkhorn Creek. The bridge and creek are my mental image of Old Crow Creek, from the scene early in Filtered Through Blue where Kyle finds Hannah alone at the bridge on a cold February afternoon.
The current mill building was constructed in 1913. The concrete was created by grinding up parts of the previous mill.
And here’s my haul from the mill. A bunch of mixes and a total of ten pounds of flour. I already had envelopes of cornbread mix and seasoned flour in my pantry.
If you go to the Weisenberger Mill website and click at the top on “Videos” you can find videos of Sally Weisenberger making biscuits from scratch as well as grits and (my favorite) cheese grits. You can also see her son, Phil, make cheese drop biscuits. I’ve watched the videos several times and just thinking about them makes me hungry. 🙂
We’ve already polished off that blueberry muffin mix and made a batch of chocolate chip cookies with the all-purpose flour. And the cornbread mix that I had in the pantry is now history as well. It was a cold Sunday and I did a lot of baking. I also made grits for lunch.
Here’s the bag I got at my local grocery store, Kroger. The label on the lower right of the bag not only says where in Kentucky (Hardin County, about 80 miles from me) the corn came from to make the grits, it also mentions the farm (the Rogers Farm).
If you’re out and about in the middle of Kentucky, a quick trip to Weisenberger Mill would be well worth your time.
And don’t forget to ask for grits.