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Wednesday, July 26 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Tour Somerset Gristmill, Downtown Skowhegan
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At the first Kneading Conference in 2007, it became clear to cofounders Amber Lambke and Michael Scholz that a resurgence of a local grain economy in Maine would require localized milling infrastructure. The Skowhegan area at one time produced robust amounts of grain, but the last mill had closed in 1955. In 1897 Somerset County produced 239,000 bushels of wheat. Wheat is 60 pounds to the bushel. This was enough to feed over 100,000 people. Seeing sturdy soundproof walls and multiple stories that would be perfect for a mill, the two purchased a 14,000 square foot historic jailhouse in downtown Skowhegan in 2009 for $65,000 and proceeded to raise $1.5 million to renovate the building and set up a mill. Equipped with Austrian millstones and other grain cleaning equipment, flour and oat milling, operations launched in September of 2012. Come see the facility and hear how the business continues to grow.

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Amber Lambke

Amber Lambke is president of the Somerset Grist Mill, LLC and its Maine Grains label, carried by specialty food stores and used by fine restaurants and bakeries throughout the Northeast. A driving force behind Maine’s sustainable foods movement, Amber has worked with local business leaders and community members to successfully bring the cultivation and processing of heritage grains back to Skowhegan, Maine. Her efforts through the Maine Grain Alliance have generated a broader understanding and appreciation of the nutritional and economic value of heritage grains and oats, as well as their exceptional flavor. The... Read More →

Wednesday July 26, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Maine Grains 42 Court Street Skowhegan, ME 04976