Bob's Red Mill cafe and store is an icon in Milwaukie, Oregon and well worth a visit, but you can also arrange group field trips to the actual factory! It's free and it's fun and engaging - a great way to connect with our food suppliers! Kids can learn all about the history of Bobs Red Mill, including the arson attack that burned down the original mill and left Bob and his wife to start over (teaching kids about perseverance!). Way too many kids don't know that flour comes from wheat berries and cornmeal comes from actual ground corn!
The tour is very informative: The kids get to interact with all the types of grain and products that the factory produces and you get to look through both the gluten free and regular sides of the factor. There are amazing old millstones and grain mills.
Don't miss the cafe and store just down the road. Be sure to sit upstair near the pianos - that's where we found Bob himself, who played us several tunes before handing out free cookie tokens to the kids! Be sure to sign up for their mailing list - I often get two for one coupons for products in the store and lunches!
Afterwards, pop over the road to Dave's Killer Bread factory store, where you can score $2 frozen loaves! (Buy 6 for $12 special)
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