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May 11, 2010 09:21 AM

Where to purchase white stone ground grits in Durham or Chapel Hill?

I'm looking for some good white stone ground grits. I know you can get them at Whole Foods, but they only sell small bags of them which are very expensive (though they are quite good). Something marketed as Bill Neal's grits are usually available at Southern Season and Foster's Market. Any other ideas?

Foster's Market
2694 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

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  1. I like the Bill Neal/Crook's Grits. The bulk sections of Weaver Street usually have white grits that I'm 95% sure are stone ground at a cheaper price (I think, I always assume, sometimes erroneously that bulk is cheaper but rarely compare). I think they come from Anson Mills but, again, that may be me mis-remembering.

    1. Have you checked at the Durham or Carrboro farmers market? At least one vendor at the Durham market often has whole wheat flour. They may have grits too.

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      1. re: boaviagem

        Brinkley has WW flour and Cornmeal that they grind themselves at the farm (and use for the animals), i'm not sure how different the grinding process would be for grits or whether they carry them though

      2. how much are you looking for?

        also check at King's Red & White Market on the corner of Club/Roxboro. they tend to carry items from grain mills in the area

        if you make it west toward greensboro, check out the Guilford Mill for excellent items ground on site

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        1. re: TSQ75

          I've looked at the Durham farmer's market over the last few weekends and the closest thing I've been able to find is some flour and corn meal. Haven't had a chance to look at the Carrboro or Estes markets.

          Thanks for the suggestion about the Red & White market, I'll definitely check there. I'm looking for about two pounds of grits, but I'd take a 5 pound bag if I could find it.

          Now that I think about it, a 5 lb bag would probably last me a little while. Seems like l might want to put some of them thar grits in the freezer for longer storage. Anyone had problems with storing grits in the freezer?

          1. re: ToothTooth

            The freezer is where most places recommend you store the stone ground variety. Prevents them from going rancid. I can vouch for Guilford mill They have white and yellow stone ground grits and cornmeal. Had some for dinner last night. All they really need is butter!

            I think they mail order as well


            1. re: quazi

              now that sounds great. Weaver St has yellow coarse grits in the bulk section. I haven't seen white ones. They also sell Bob's Red Mill, which are very fresh, i love them as they cook very quickly, gorgeous texture and taste. But then I cook them like polenta; olive oil & salt and pepper.

              1. re: Rory

                So funny- I cook polenta, and when I leave it for Lulu's dinner the babysitter calls it grits. Lulu "corrects" her. I also add a bit of olive oil at the end, and usually a bit of chicken broth (or a bouillon cube - sp?) while cooking, which I realize isn't your thing Rory, but does add a nice flavor.

          2. re: TSQ75

            I will join in vouching for the Guilford Mill product. Consistently great.

          3. A Southern Season for sure.

            A Southern Season
            201 S Estes Dr Ste 101, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

            1. Have you tried the mill at Wespoint on the Eno Park in Duham? From their website:

              "Today the West Point Mill is working again, grinding corn and wheat with water power. Stone-ground meal and flour, along with other items, are sold in the mill's store."


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              1. re: bbqme

                Woah, that's a cool idea! Thanks, bbqme!