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White Liliy Flour- quoth the Raven, nevermore

I live 16 miles from the mill and pass by it at least once a month. My dearest wish has been for someone to take over the site and start milling great regional flour.

Wishes seldom are fullfilled.

Now White Lily is going to be an apartment complex with loft apartments.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/oct...

At the grocery store today, my local store had White Lily five pound bags on sale. Back when White Lily was milled just down the road, our grocery would sell out all their White Lily, anytime it went on sale. Today....the shelves didn't need to be restocked at all.

The Raven was right.

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  1. How much wheat is grown in the region?

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    1. re: paulj

      There's an active artisan movement over in North Carolina (google-able) and some of my neighbor farmers have grown wheat with success. In our immediate area, soybeans are easier, climate wise, because we've a ready local source for lime fertilizer from the tailings from our lead-zinc district.
      The White Lily mill is/was right next to the main rail lines..easy delivery for many, many decades.

    2. That's so sad, Shallots.

      1. shallots, I was very sorry to hear this too. Another knock for your area.

          1. that would have made my mom very sad. it was her favorite for her wonderful fluffy biscuits.

            1. Shirley Corriher now recommends Mid-State Mills (North Carolina) for her biscuits...

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              1. re: ChefJune

                from their website: " Where can I find the Formula L Biscuit Mix?

                You will be happy to know that you should be able to find this product in any local Food Lion, Bi Lo, Ingles, Farm Fresh, IGA or Piggly Wiggly. Also, any Publix will have the capability to special order this for you. If these grocery stores are not an option, you can order this product online at www.goodnessfromnc.com

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                1. re: ChefJune

                  Since it was on sale, I thought I'd try something different - Bob's Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour. - made from soft white wheat. I don't know if it is really different from Trader Joes white whole wheat or King Arthurs; but since I mostly make biscuits and quick bread I though I'd check it out. It is still a far cry from the bleached white soft Southern flour.

                  So far I have only made one batch of biscuits. But since I used half oats, the lower gluten content of this flour probably didn't make much of a difference.

                2. This is so sad. I have a 5-lb bag in my pantry that I hauled from my last trip to Florida. (I'm in the Adirondacks.) Can you order anywhere on-line?

                  1. I'm still buying White Lily. I know there is a difference, but other options are unthinkable. All of my pastry is still made with it and I'd not think of making a biscuit with outt it. What is available is better than not having it at all.