Does anyone grind their own flour?
I just bought a flour mill and am having trouble finding a source for either red spring wheat (lightest loaves according to Laurel's Kitchen) or hard white wheat flour (milder wheat flavor). Whole Foods has hard red winter and Harvest Coop has soft white... Does anyone know of any other local stores that have whole grains in bulk bins. I'm stumped. Just in case anyone is interested, I ended up baking a loaf with 50% ground spelt and it is a tasty substitute, but I'd still like to find actual wheat. Thanks!
Give Green Street Natural Foods in Melrose a call. I haven't seen bulk grains there, but I wasn't looking (was in recently stocking up on bulk spices). They've got all sorts of earthy crunchy goods and if they don't have it, I bet they can special order for you.
Green Street Natural Foods
164 Green St, Melrose, MA
But I do grind peppers and spices of all kinds.
But my mill stone is really heavy, and frankly, I'm a lazy man.
I have a friend who smuggled a giant electric stone mill thing from India and converted it to from 220V to 110V AC because it was the only way for him to get his dosa flour right at home. But I have no idea where he got the urad beans to go with the rice that he stone-ground for his dosa batter.
I used to be able to get hard red spring wheat at the Wild Oats on Route 16 in Medford some years ago, but I have not seen it anywhere in quite a while. (It was organic and packaged up in one pound bags from Arrowhead Mills, if memory serves.) I think you can get hard white wheat mail order from King Arthur Flour. They also have a variety of other whole grains on their website. Unfortunately, I think their red wheat berries are winter wheat, not spring. Another good mail-order/online source for whole grains that are intended for you to grind into flour is Wheat Montana. Here is a link to their hard red spring wheat.
Here is a link to what I believe is hard white wheat.
I have purchased from both King Arthur (many times) and Wheat Montana (a few times) and have been happy with the quality of their products and service. I know they are not local stores, but apparently there are not that many of us who actually grind wheat into flour just before baking any more. By the way, if you can locate whole dried corn kernels suitable for flour (not the slaked kind used for hominy or masa), cornbread made from just-ground cornmeal is too good to be described. Bliss.