A quiet time at the mill

The last few weeks have been quiet at the Mill, not least because of the “Beast from the East ” but it has not stopped us milling as usual. The new electric drive gear has been further run in and the new Applewood teeth are wearing in nicely – we have probably milled about 75 kilo’s so far without a problem. The teeth were crafted and fitted by John Byrne who volunteered to carry out this difficult work and we are extremely grateful for his care and craftsmanship.

Dave Andrews our Millwright was at the mill last Saturday to carry out his monthly maintenance work. ably assisted by Jenny Hartland, and they took the opportunity to mill by wind and this has all now been bagged and delivered to one of our regular commercial customers Ainsty Farm Shop at Green Hammerton. This Friday we took the opportunity to strip and clean down the wind stones as part of our regular cleanliness regime.

We did have a grain delivery booked for Friday but the weather put paid to that and this has now been rescheduled for the coming Friday, hopefully there will be some wind so that we can use the sack hoist to lift the sacks up to the Dust Floor. We are getting another tonne of Sky Fall high protein milling wheat but we have decided to widen our flour for sale by trying a small amount of Spelt. This is expensive to buy and will cost more than our standard flour but it will be interesting to see how it mills and what the response is from our customers.

We now have an Instagram account so if you are an Instagram user you can find us at holgatewindmill.  Our website also has a recipes section if you click on More > Mill Recipes

Hopefully the weather will now start to improve and we can look forward to a busy open season with our next open day on Easter Monday 2nd April.