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Peruse the baking or cereal aisles of just about any major grocery store chain in the United States and Canada and you’re sure to find Bob’s Red Mill products on the shelves. Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, founded in 1978 by Bob and Charlee Moore, offers over 400 whole grain products including specialty flours, cereals, beans, baking and soup mixes, and a diverse line of gluten-free and organic products. Unlike most millers today which use high-speed roller mills, their products are made using “old fashioned” slow-turning stone mills. The result is premium natural foods for customers who hunger for whole grain goodness.February 15, 2010 was a special day for Bob’s Red Mill. Not only was it Bob Moore’s 81st birthday, but he and his business partners surprised their employees with an Employee Stock Ownership Plan that made them an employee-owned company! In May of 2010, People Magazine spotlighted Bob Moore’s decision to share his company’s stock in an article titled “People Before Profit“.

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After the factory tour, take a short jaunt down the road to the store and visitor’s center, where you can grab a quick bite to eat in their café (featuring scratch-made bakery items), sign up for cooking classes in their kitchen classroom, or buy products to take home, including kitchen essentials and books. Of special interest are the Bob’s Red Mill Cookbook and Bob’s Red Mill Baking Book — both loaded with recipes to help you adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes plenty of whole grains.Every Monday through Friday at 10:00am, a friendly guide leads guests through a factory tour at their headquarters and manufacturing plant in Milwaukie, Oregon (13521 SE Pheasant Court). The informative tour educates visitors about the company, their production process, and how to implement their delicious, whole grain products into your diet. If you’re lucky, Bob himself may join the group for a few minutes to mingle and answer questions!

Try some Bob’s Red Mill flour in these recipes:

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
Pumpkin Ravioli
Peach and Pecan Galette