July 26, 2018 - 1:53am
How to find local farmers to sell you wheat grains (UK, Norfolk)
I've tried Yelp and cylex but they don't seem to accurately show the distance from farms when I give them my location, nor even necessarily farms that are in business still (some are listed as dissolved when I look into them further), so it would be a hassle to sort through them to find a viable actually close one . I don't have any farmers' markets that are near me, only in Norwich.
If not, then it might be a good idea. Chat to a few of the exhibitors of even the judges in the cereals section. They should be able to suggest a few farmers. In my experience, once you've got an 'in' then a whole load of surprisingly local suppliers turn up. Also it's likely there is at least one working stone mill in Norfolk (or Lincs or Suffolk). Get in touch with them to see where they source their grain from.
County shows didn't even pop into my mind, good idea!
I'll try stone mills too
I'm in an area with lots of family farms. Typically when the wheat is cut down the grain is collected into semi trailer containers. It is then loaded into silos at a grainery for storage until the farmer sells it. If it is the same where you are it might be difficult to get it straight from the farmer. You can call a grainery and ask if they have leads for you or ask a local flour mill if they have a bag you can buy.
Good idea, I'll try a granary!