For the protection of our volunteers the mill will be closed until further notice.
Built in 1876, the Cedar Creek Grist Mill is now ran by volunteers as a working museum. Open every weekend for tours, see how a mill ran 100+ years ago
For the protection of our volunteers the mill will be closed until further notice.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Thanks to John Clapp and Randy Thompson, we now have new rock spread in our picnic area.
Some interesting facts.
🌾 Milling Idioms 🌾
Here are some interesting tidbits from our English language related to milling! Because we are all about milling here...😀
“Show Me Your Mettle”
When the millstone dressers were working on dressing the millstones (see previous posts for info!), the work caused small bits of iron from their tools to chip off. Many times these shards would be embedded in the dressers’ hands, arms, or even their faces! 🤕
If you couldn’t “show your mettle” you were possibly new to the trade and not likely to be hired if you were an itinerant dresser. Today we use this to mean to demonstrate your true character, but if a millstone dresser could endure what they went through, that would show some pretty strong solid character!
“Keep Your Nose to the Grindstone” 👃
The millstones have to be set just right - balanced and not touching each other. If they aren’t set correctly, the millstones could become too hot and the grain could become cooked, emitting a burning smell. You can imagine what that would lead to… the dreaded fire, as flour is so explosive. 💥 So the miller kept his “nose to the grindstone” to use his sense of smell to detect anything amiss. Nowadays we use the phrase to mean to apply yourself to your work with perseverance, which is what the Miller has to do!
Remember “All is grist for the mill” - meaning everything can be made useful, or be a source of profit. 😀
Any amount you can donate, small or large, to get our mill up and running again will be made useful! The link is below! ❤️
When my great great great grandfather Azro Church built the Lewisville Flouring Mill in 1881, I wonder if he would have believed his ggg grandson would be milling flour for what was once his competitor 138 years later.
For those who don’t know, Lewisville is a 13 mile drive from Cedar Creek Grist Mill.
A huge THANK YOU to Clint Medlock at River Valley Orchards for providing us apples for this Saturday’s Cider Squeezin’. Clint heard about the mill and what we do here and thought that was something they could get behind, and donated all the apples for this years event. Please check out their page and thank them!
UPDATE: a volunteer that is willing to bring his engine and work the event has been found! Thanks everyone for sharing!
The mill is in need of an old engine set up with a flat belt pulley to run the Apple washer during our cider pressing event on the 26th. Does anyone know of anyone that may be able to help us out? If so, PLEASE have them call or message me at 3606073568. Thanks!
Due to lack of water, the mill will be closed today. Sorry for the inconvenience!
On location at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill with https://m.facebook.com/MaysvilleTheMovie/
It’s time for blueberry pancakes at the mill tomorrow (Saturday July 27) 1-4pm. Come join the fun.
We are happy to announce our last Saturday Special Events will continue for the rest of the year!
June 29th- Strawberry Shortcake 1-4pm
July 27th- Blueberry Pancakes 1-4pm
August 31st- Treat Day 1-4pm
September 28th- Cornbread 1-4pm
October 26th - Cider Pressing and bluegrass jam. 9am until the apples are gone.
To prepare the return of our events, volunteers are gathering this Saturday June 22nd at 8am for a clean-up day. PLEASE consider joining us! A couple extra shop vacs and a weed eater would be a huge help.
The grist mill regretfully reports that we have had to cancel our event for this weekend. This is because the Clark County Health Department is imposing rules and regulations upon our organization that are not allowing us to continue with our monthly events as we have in the past.
The purpose of our monthly events is to provide a historical education experience for our visitors and local community. Once monthly we create food items from the flour that is milled fresh here at the Grist Mill and guests of the mill are allowed to sample these items if they so choose. These events are free for anyone to attend. The need for a commercial kitchen amongst other serving regulations are preventing us from allowing the public to sample these food items.
The rules which they are imposing are not consistent with our historic mission. Nor is it possible to comply with said rules and still provide the experience for which we always have. We hope to work with the county to resolve this matter as quickly as we can.
If you would like to help us, we suggest that you reach out to your county commissioners and local health department regarding this matter.
Clark County Council Office (564-397-2232)
Clark County Health Department (564-397-8083 or 564-397-8000)
UPDATE: Many have asked for further explanation of what’s going on.
What it amounts to is two of the events require cooking in a commercial kitchen, which means our fry bread event and our pancake event will not be possible anymore. We can continue some of the events such as strawberry shortcake, treat day, and our cornbread event provided certain conditions are met. Some things will have to be cooked in a commercial grade or a county permitted kitchen and then pre-packaged into small individual servings. We normally show how butter Is churned at our fry bread event. After the butter was made, anyone who wanted to try it we would allow to do so. We are no longer able to do that. We can show how it's done, as a demostration only, but if we want butter for putting on any of the fry bread or other bread items it will have to be the little pre-packaged packets. The last few years we have served a little chili along with the cornbread, to those who wanted it. We can no longer do that as that also is required to be cooked and served out of a commercial kitchen. We will continue as we always have in the past to get a permit for our cider press event. That one has always been permitted and handled with the utmost of care as the cider is being pressed and sent home with the individuals who come to get it. Beyond the regulations for serving and the cancellation of at least two events due to the commercial kitchen issue, we are also going to be forced to purchase permits for all of our events which as mentioned in comments above is rather expensive. The first year is the worst, following years are not quite as bad, but it definitely makes it difficult for a non-profit, 100% donation supported and 100% volunteer run organization.
The Mill got a bath yesterday. Sure is looking good in the sunshine.
Thanks for the photo Kevin Miller!
It’s Cider Squeezin Day!!!
Anyone up for a glass of fresh Washington apple cider?
Hello everyone! We hope you all are enjoying this amazing weather we have been having! Just a friendly reminder we have our first event for the year coming up the last Saturday of this month! (May) For those that don't know, our first event is our bread and butter day! Our awesome volunteers make fresh bread from the flour from our mill and we hand churn butter ! It's an amazing event to come check out the mill and try some tasty breads!
Join us tomorrow Saturday April 28th as we pick up trash along the roads near the Mill.
A nice read about visiting the mill
About 45 minutes north of Portland, after a scenic drive through the country, you will find the Cedar Creek Grist Mill. Built in 1876, the mill was restored to working condition by The Friends of the Cedar Creek Grist Mill in 1989 and it is now a working museum.
Hello everyone and good morning! Just a friendly reminder that we will not be open Sunday, April 1st, 2018. Hope everyone has a lovely day!
An amazing photo just shared by Rhonda Nutting-Studwell
Mill is open!
Hey everyone. We tried to wait as long as we could be we decided to close the mill today due to snow. We will try to have it open for tomorrow! Check back here for updates!
Fort Vancouver has an Awesome new website, check it out!
We are getting ready for our annual cornbread day TODAY at the mill. Join us starting at 1pm for samples of our volunteer's favorite recipes.
Strawberry season is here! And the means strawberry shortcake! Join us June 24th for the best shortcake around.
Getting ready for our first event of the season! Bread and butter will be held the last Saturday of the month! Feel free to come out and churn some butter and taste the breads our volunteers have made with our very own flour!
Shout out to First Call Septic for showing up immediately to take care of us when we REALLY needed it. Literally five minutes and they were on their way. Price was extremely reasonable. Way less than we expected for an after hours emergency call. Thanks guys!
We're just an old fashioned, small town, honest business. We repair, pump, and inspect all types of septic systems.
Coming up next weekend!
Hello everyone! We have an events coordinator that will be now in charge of getting into contact for weddings! My name is Ariel Valencia and if anyone has any questions please feel free to email me at [email protected] I'm am scheduling people to come take tours of the venue! Let's talk! :)
We love winter scenery at the mill. Anyone take any snowy pictures at the mill they care to share?
Due to all the ice and snow still on the road here at the mill we will be closed this weekend, January 14th & 15th.
We had the pleasure of witnessing Chris and Sierra Carrol begin the journey of marriage yesterday. CONGRATES!
I still have tons of 1/2 pint cartons of milk to get rid of. yes this means free . 1%, fat free, and chocolate. I will be at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill today from 1 until 4 (or I run out). Please bring your own bags, boxes, or totes. Feel free to share.
I recently heard one of the local schools was duct taping shoes together for students, and think as a community we can do better than that. Please check out this link and if you cannot donate, at least share it. Thanks.
I recently found out a local elementry school has been duct taping a number of student's shoes back together because parents can't afford to buy their kids shoes. My goal is to supply a number of local schools with a "shoe closet" so instead of a fresh wrap of duct tape they can give student's in...
Any ideas for wintertime events at the mill?
We are gearing up for this year's Cider Pressing and Blue Grass Jam coming up on the 29th. My favorite event of the year! I wonder if this little doll will be back to enjoy the music and apples again.
This Saturday is cornbread day at the mill. Come try all the variations of a longtime favorite. Open from 12:30ish to 4:00. Get here early for the biggest variety.
We are making blueberry syrup for today's blueberry pancake event. Come give it a try today starting around 12:30. It doesn't get any fresher than this!
I was lucky enough to enjoy an impromptu performance at the Mill this evening by the Hobe Sound Bible College Covenant Quartet. They are performing tomorrow night at 7 at Hazen Chapel 38813 NE 119th Ave in Amboy
The Music Ministry Teams of Hobe Sound Bible College perform in churches, schools, church camps, youth camps and conventions around the country.
Because we are normally closed dusk to dawn, a photography group approached us and asked permission to come for a night time shoot. I just received an image captured that night by Sharp Todd and I just had to share.
Did you know you can support the Grist Mill online by joining the Friends of the Cedar Creek Grist Mill? An annual voting membership is only $10 and gets on our mailing list for our quarterly newsletter. Join by PayPal [email protected]
We are suppose to have great weather this Saturday during our annual Strawberry Shortcake Feed. Whole wheat shortcake topped with ripe local strawberries, need we say more? Goes from around 1:00–4:00pm.
Join us to kick off this year's special events this Saturday.
You’ll be churning rich fresh cream into butter & spreading it on fresh made bread. Starts around noon.
AND WE HAVE A WINNER! I simply love this photo taken by Cristina Stroud. We have decided to chose a second photo but are waiting to hear back from the photographer share that one. Thanks Christina! And thanks to everyone who submitted photos. You made it hard for us to decide with so many unique shots.
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