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Aug 17, 2011 10:50 AM

Sourcing locally produced stone-ground cornmeal

Trying to assemble a list of purveyors for a new restaurant in Napa Valley... any leads for sourcing artisanal stone-ground cornmeal, polenta, dried corn, masa? Have looked into Full Belly Farms, Ridgecut, and Community Grains so far.

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  1. Oliveto gets polenta from Rominger Brothers in Winters.

    I'm in the Full Belly CSA program and got some of their polenta. The flavor is great but there are too many pieces of coarse hull that don't cook. They may be working out the kinks as it's a new item.

    Primavera's masa is tops.

    1. Tierra Farm (Santa Rosa) sells a great cornmeal from Sonoma County corn. They've been making it several different cornmeals from different varietals of corn. I am in love with the green cornmeal.

      1. I second Primavera's masa; they do not always have it on hand, but if you call them a day ahead at 707-939-9350, they will bring it to one of the farmers' markets they sell at if you want to try it out. See I assume you could arrange a wholesale supply.

        1. Masa from El Molino Central

          Cornmeal from Summerfield Waldorf School's farm
          Biodynamic farm outside Santa Rosa run by students and parents

          El Molino Central
          11 Central Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476

          4 Replies
          1. re: Columba

            El Molino Central = Primavera.

            El Molino Central
            11 Central Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I know they have the same owner, but El Molino's fresh masa, tortillas, tamales, salsas, etc. don't have a label.

              While Prima Vera's do. And the P.V. goods at the farmers markets appear to be different.

              Is there a difference?

              1. re: Columba

                I don't think there's any difference. I've bought tamales from the Primavera stand at the farmers' market where the paper label in the bag said the same thing (name, ingredients, etc.) on both sides, but one side said Primavera and the other said El Molina Central.

                I assume they don't label things they sell in the shop/restaurant because you're right there, with shelf labels and all, but they want people to be able to just grab and go at the FM, or buying tamales at stores where they're sold such as Berkeley Bowl and Whole Foods. (FWIW, tamales cost a couple bucks more per four-pack at Berkeley Bowl and WF than bought direct from Primavera.)

                Berkeley Bowl
                2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                  I think El Molino Central makes some things from scratch with masa made in house, but for a wholesale account, Primavera would be the source.

                  El Molino Central
                  11 Central Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476

          2. Surprised no one has mentioned the Bale Grist Mill just above the CIA in the Napa Valley.

            Kick-ass products...

            3 Replies
            1. re: CarrieWas218

              Sadly they appear to be on the closure list. Will that end the milling operation and sale?

              1. re: wolfe

                How sad! Wolfe, where did you get this information?

                1. re: CarrieWas218

                  Here's the list. Did campaign to save parks work?

                  This from a recent post on Yelp:
                  "The mill operators and supporters hope to keep the mill open by taking it over from the state to operate as a concession. I wish them the best of luck. It really is a piece of history to treasure for future generations."