Slow Milled Peanut Butter by The Food Mill
Slow Milled Peanut Butter by The Food Mill: Oakland, CA
The Food Mill is a long time Oakland establishment, and has been in-house roasting and milling their peanut butter the same way since 1933. Available in smooth or crunchy, these exceptional peanut butters are the perfect pairing for you whole grain breads.
- Made from whole peanuts, milled on original equipment
- Peanuts are ground slowly, so they don't heat up and destroy the flavor
A Community Grains staff favorite!
About The Food Mill:
The Food Mill was established in 1933 during the heart of the Great Depression. John Denis, once a stone-mill salesman, was out of work like many others and had to get creative. He and his father (a steelworker who helped build the Golden Gate Bridge) set up a few unsold mills and began to peddle their own whole grain flours door to door. Eventually they opened a little shop on Hopkins Street (now MacArthur Boulevard), and The Food Mill was born.
As Oakland's first natural foods store and it was well received, run by the Denis family clan for 60 years. Primarily a grain milling business at the start, local farmers would bring in grains, nuts, fresh and dried fruits for milling or sale.
In 1969, a new member to The Food Mill family was introduced. The young 16-year-old Kirk Watkins began packaging Food Mill cookie bars part time, just as his older brother had done before him. Over time he worked his way up the ranks, eventually becoming the manager. After the passing of the original owner, John Denis, the family offered to sell the store to Kirk in 1993. Eventually his family would join him, including his brothers, wife, son and daugher in law, keeping it a true family affair.
"We stayed true to who we were, and everyone else kind of evolved to the commercial type of grocery store," said Kirk. "We have that old homey feel of a general store."