Wheat Montana In-store Flour Mill
I finally remembered to take a camera with me while grocery shopping this afternoon. For almost two years now I've been thinking "Gotta remember to take a picture to show the other Loafers." So, finally, here goes.
The Hy-Vee supermarket located at the intersection of 135th St. and Antioch Rd. in Overland Park, KS has an in-store unit from Wheat Montana that contains two micronizer-style mills. One is fed from a hopper with Bronze Chief wheat kernels (a hard red wheat) and the other is fed from a hopper with Prairie Gold wheat kernels (a hard white wheat). A customer places a bag from the center of the display on the stand beneath the wheat variety of their choice, and then pushes a button to grind the wheat into flour, which falls into the customer's bag. See photo below:
This particular installation is in the middle of the "health foods" section of the store, in case any of you are close enough / curious enough to go take a look at it.
If you want fresh-ground flour without having to splurge on a mill for yourself, you might want to see if you can cajole your local grocer into getting this kind of set-up for a store near you. Probably wouldn't hurt to check with the folks at Wheat Montana first to see if they are still making these units; no point in wheedling your grocer into getting something that isn't available.
Gotta run. The hamburger rolls are ready for shaping.