February 2009


Hey, folks –

There are a couple good ideas floating around for April’s event (Sunday April 5th, 2pm). Which would you rather do?

Please vote only once!

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grain mill

Lee Purdy of Westwind Milling Company (Linden, MI about 40 miles north of Ann Arbor) will talk to us about different types of wheat, the kinds of wheat grown in Michigan, and his farm and historic mill.

Westwind is one of the few places in our area to buy locally-grown grains, and they are organic. If you would like to buy some flour or baking mixes from Westwind, place an order by phone or through their web site and Lee will bring your order down on March 8th. (Please pay directly to the mill when you place your order.)

You will also have a chance to try several types of home grain mills and learn about grinding your own flour from whole grains. If you can bring a grain mill to demonstrate, please let us know in the “additional information” box. (Don’t throw your back out bringing your cast iron Country Living mill, though!)

RSVP here!

When and where:

Sunday, March 8th, 2pm
Pittsfield Grange (map)
3337 Ann Arbor – Saline Rd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Note: You can take the #16 bus from the Blake Transit Center downtown Ann Arbor. Get off on Oak Valley Drive (the bus will pass Meijer and turn left). You’ll have to walk a couple hundred yards down Ann Arbor – Saline road; the Grange is on the south (left) side of the road.

Yes. We Can.The Preserving Traditions shop is now open! Come get your “Yes. We Can.” merchandise – shirts, mugs, and posters! Aprons will be posted separately; I’m ordering a bunch from a local shop in Ann Arbor for local distribution. Once those are gone, I’ll add aprons to the shop so folks from afar can order them, as well. (Please note: I will not be taking orders or shipping items – you will need to do all that through the online shop.)

All proceeds from sales go to support Preserving Traditions.

As an aside, if you are looking for small batches of imprinted items for your club, group, church, etc., do check out CafePress. They print on demand, so there’s no minimum order and no chance of getting stuck with back stock. It’s a breeze to get started; I think I put about 2 hours of work total into setting up this shop.

In the spirit of hope and service, I bring you this powerful statement of will:

Yes. We Can.