Kenyon's Grist Mill ~ About Us
A grist mill is a grain mill that turns whole berries of grain or whole kernels of corn into meal or flour. At Kenyon's Grist Mill, we still do it the old-fashioned way and continue to use the original granite millstones quarried from Westerly, RI. These huge stones produce the exceptional texture and quality not found in modern, steel ground flours. Single pass stone grinding also preserves the vital, natural nutrition of the grains. Kenyon’s offers the ingredients that health conscious consumers are searching for, ground the simple, old fashioned way of long ago. Click here to order online!
Our building is nestled along the banks of the Queen's River in the village of Usquepaugh. We are the oldest manufacturing business in Rhode Island, and the second oldest continuously operating business in the state. Although our current building dates back to 1886, we've been grinding meals & flours continuously on site since 1696. Our most popular items are White Corn Meal (or Johnny Cake Meal), Clam Cake Mix, Pancake Mixes, Corn Bread & Muffin Mix, Brown Bread Mix, as well as a variety of other meals, flours and other mixes. We encourage you to read about the difference between genuine stone ground products and steel ground products here.
Kenyon's Grist Mill is regularly inspected by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the FDA. This qualifies us to ship throughout the country and stand behind our products' excellence. Customers have sought Kenyon's products for generations because of our honesty, dependability, and high standards. We take pride in doing business the right way and feel honored to be preserving a piece of Rhode Island's history. Kenyon's Grist Mill is always looking for new sources of locally grown grain, especially the rare crop of Rhode Island Flint Corn. Although we try very hard to purchase our grains as local as possible, it is also important to consider the farming methods used. As always, we do not use, or source grain with any additives, pesticides or preservatives. For more updates on what we are doing, make sure you follow us on facebook here.
Hours of Operation ~ Visit Us
The shop is now open on weekends, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The mill and shop are open on weekdays, Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For directions, click here.
Lightfoot's Pine Soap ~ On Sale
Made in Rhode Island. All-natural, hard milled and moisturizing! 1 bar ~ $1.75 and 1 case of 40 ~ $50. Click here to order!
Explore South County's Pristine Rivers on Kayak
Queen's River Kayak Company is the outdoor recreation business behind Kenyon's Grist Mill. This is a full-service kayak rental company. Click here for more information on paddling the Queen's River, the Wood River, and Pawcatuck River.
Mill Events, Community Fairs & Demos
Join us during our Summer Tour Weekend & Kayaking Event at the mill on July 20 & 21. Enjoy free tours and Johnny Cake samples. Rent a kayak on the Queen's River for only $10/person and visit the mill store. Mark your calendars for the Annual Harvest/Johnny Cake Festival on October 19 & 20. This is our largest event with tours, Johnny Cakes, live music, local food and beverages, a variety of free samples, wine and beer, art, history, animals, and over 100 local vendors. This summer and fall, we will be once again traveling to several community events around New England where we cook our famous Clam Cakes & Chowder. Also, visit us at several, smaller Rhode Island events for Johnny Cake demonstrations and samples! For all dates, click here.
Going on Now...or Up Next
In the spring, summer, and fall months, we are always busy with several additional projects and events! In the next coming weeks, we will be giving several private bus tours of the mill. We enjoy meeting visitors from across the country. This is also the time when we start to rent many kayaks. Explore the many beautiful rivers of South County, RI! Make a reservation here. On June 8, we will be cooking Johnny Cakes at the Coastal Growers Farmers Market in North Kingston, RI from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Support local farms and artisans! Enjoy free samples. We will also be selling a variety of our all-natural products. For more information, click here.