Relishelgin Fall 2014

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Small Farm Miller Big On

Whole Grain Goodness BY CHEF CINDY BIRCHAM

If you travel north of Highway #3, east of Aylmer, you will notice some of the gravel sideroads are devoid of hydro poles and instead are speckled with yellow horse and buggy signs. You don't need to visit Kitchener to find Amish country—it's here in our backyard. One resident living along the back roads of Elgin is a man by the name of Franz Seeberger. Franz is an Amish farmer and miller who has always had a passion for natural, unprocessed foods. A self-taught miller for 17 years, Franz developed this skill when he found himself frustrated by not being able to


source the kind of bread he was used to in Europe. He wanted wholesome bread and pastries that were prepared with whole grains; bread that would rise properly, perhaps a bit heavier but also rich in flavour with perfect nutrition. Over the years, what was once a side project has developed into a small business as Franz soon discovered his family and community also had a strong interest in nutrientdense "real food". At his family farm Franz operates a stone mill where he grinds whole grains (much of it organic) to stock his on-farm pantry store. Along with ancient


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