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Heritage Grains at Hayden Flour Mills

Heritage Grains at Hayden Flour Mills ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesinPhoenix#FoodiesinPhoenix

When you think of Phoenix, you think of this, right?Heritage Grains at Hayden Flour Mills ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesinPhoenixI know I do. And well, that is what it looks like, so imagine my surprise when I was introduced to Sossaman Farms who run Hayden Flour Mills. Phoenix and the prairie lands of the mid-west have little in common topographically–or so I thought.

I was surprised to learn that lands are extremely fertile for growing heritage grains. Back in 1868, Charles Hayden discovered the lands were perfect for growing these grains so he set up shop, so to speak, growing grain. Now, many years later, Sossaman Farms seeks to continue with what Mr. Hayden started, producing high quality, non-GMO, stone-ground grains.Heritage Grains at Hayden Flour Mills ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesinPhoenixHeritage Grains at Hayden Flour Mills ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesinPhoenixAs part of our Foodies in Phoenix tour, we were given a sneak peak at their new, soon-to-be-open to the public operation where you can take a tour of the milling facility, attend baking classes, and other educational seminars. I strongly encourage you all to take a tour of this place, if for no other reason than to meet Ben, the Bearded Miller Extraordinaire. I have never met someone more enthusiastic about what he does. He broke down how the grain becomes the flour we use to make all our delicious items. I honestly feel because he loves what he does so much, that translates into a better quality product, his heart is fully invested. Then he hit this girl right in her heart!Heritage Grains at Hayden Flour Mills ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesinPhoenix

Heritage Grains at Hayden Flour Mills ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesinPhoenixHe showed us his homemade pastas, which are still in the experimental stages using freekeh, farro, and more. The frenzy behind the pastas was both palpable and audible when he and Emma Zimmerman, the Director of Operations said we could take samples home, as long we understood these were not perfected yet.  None of us cared. We were simply delighted to be able to try these fantastic items.Heritage Grains at Hayden Flour Mills ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesinPhoenixHeritage Grains at Hayden Flour Mills ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesinPhoenixA random bit of trivia I took from my visit was that Hayden Flour Mills supplies Italy with durum wheat, which is what Italian love to make their pasta from….Think, that pasta imported from Italy that we all love quite possibly started from wheat grown and ground in Phoenix at Hayden Flour Mills!Heritage Grains at Hayden Flour Mills ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesinPhoenixHayden Flour Mills
22100 S Sossaman Rd
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

480-557-0031

And you can find them online at their Webpage,  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Heritage Grains at Hayden Flour Mills ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesinPhoenix

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Linda spiker
    October 11, 2015 at 7:12 am

    What a fun tour!

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      Michelle
      October 12, 2015 at 9:55 am

      It really was a lot of fun.

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    christine
    October 11, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Isn’t so fun to learn about your food? Sounds like a fun day.

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    The Food Hunter
    October 12, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Great post! Hoping to take this tour in December!

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      Michelle
      October 12, 2015 at 9:58 am

      I know you will enjoy it. Tell Ben and every one there Hello.

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    Ginny McMeans
    October 12, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Great information. I did not know about this place and I am not too far from Phoenix. Love their equipment and of course their flours. I will absolutely be visiting and watching for their products. Thanks!

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      Michelle
      October 12, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Thank you Ginny, It’s a wonderful facility and an even better group of people.

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    Tonia from TheGunnySack
    October 12, 2015 at 11:51 am

    What an awesome looking place and I love that they are going to be giving tours and offering cooking classes!

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      Michelle
      October 19, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      It’s a great place.

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    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
    October 12, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    This is so neat! What a fascinating place to have stumbled upon, I would love a tour of Hayden Flour Mills myself! My husband’s from Mesa and we regularly visit. We’re going to have to stop by next time we’re down there, thanks for sharing this!

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      Michelle
      October 19, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Next time you are out that way, you really should go check it out.

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    October 12, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    This is so interesting! I would love to take that tour!

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      Michelle
      October 19, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      It’s worth going for, hope you get the opportunity to go Dorothy.

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    Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)
    October 13, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I’d love to try that pizza flour!

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    Cookin Canuck
    October 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Yes, cacti and hot weather are exactly what come to mind when I think of Phoenix! It sounds as though you had a fantastic time on your tour.

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      Michelle
      October 19, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      I truly did! It was so much fun.

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