The Bucks County Foodshed Alliance closes its 2012 Summer Farm Evening Series with a tour of Castle Valley Mill, a refurbished historic grain mill now back in operation and stone-grinding grains from local and regional sources for local cooks and bakers. The New Britain mill at 1730 Lower State Road, Doylestown, is owned and operated by Mark Fischer, who welcomes BCFA members and friends to learn about the age-old processing of grains in the 21st century.
Please note seasonal time changes: Our pot luck begins at 5:00pm and the tour at 6:00pm. After the tour, Mark and his wife and son will answer questions and provide a brief presentation for those who want to learn a little more about the mill’s history. For this evening only, the Fischers are also offering 10 percent off the farmers’ market prices of any Castle Valley Mill products.
Visitors are expected to bring a dish to share with others and their family’s own beverages, eating equipment and folding chairs, along with marshmallows if they wish to roast them by the Mill’s fire pit after the tour. You are invited to stay and enjoy the charm of the property until 8:00pm. Besides adults, this educational tour is appropriate for high-school-aged and adult-accompanied 9-15-year-olds. Although these events are free, donations to BCFA’s programs are encouraged.
Located on the banks of the Neshaminy Creek along Lower State Road, Castle Valley Mill began grinding Bucks County grains in 1730 using water power. Purchased in 1947 by Mark’s grandfather Henry Fischer, a miller from Germany who loved the ongoing repair and restoration of the mill and milling machinery, Henry also collected many machines and parts as other old mills fell out of use. Those antiques now are back in operation, producing fine stone-ground flours, meals and grain mixes from the common grains, like wheat and corn, to the unusual – emmer and millet.
Processing slowly and at cool temperatures on antique buhr stone mills preserves the grain’s flavor, nutrients and texture and produces exceptional quality dishes and baked goods. Castle Valley Mill always grinds the grains fresh and, when able, uses local Bucks County grains. The only “preservative” used is refrigeration.