About Kenyon's Grist Mill 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, Rhode Island. 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. We produce a variety of wholesome pancakes mixes, corn muffin mix, Johnny Cake Meal, bread mixes, jams, and other meals and flours. Browse our online store or visit the shop at the mill. Our hours of operation are listed below.
Kenyon’s Grist Mill is the oldest manufacturing business in Rhode Island and the second oldest continuously operating business in the state! We are regularly inspected by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the FDA, which 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 very 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. We encourage you to read about the difference between genuine stone ground products and steel ground products here. For recipe ideas, click here. For more updates on what we are doing, make sure you follow us on facebook here.
Current Hours of Operation ~ Weekdays and Weekends
The mill, office, and shop are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional weekend shop hours are Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until December 27. We are closed on national holidays and are closed or have limited staff during the annual, community fairs we participate in. These fun, New England events are where we cook our famous chowder and clam cakes (using our very own stone ground yellow corn meal). For a list of dates and locations, as well as information on events at the mill, click here. For directions, click here.
Kayak Rentals ~ Scenic, Southern Rhode Island Rivers Open now! Explore hidden gems on some of the most beautiful, fresh water rivers in the state. Choose between the Queen's River (right behind the mill) or the Wood River or Pawcatuck River. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.QueensRiverKayaks.com.
Lightfoot's Pine Soap ~ Unbeatable Price!
This light, fresh scent will remind you of walking through a pine grove. It is like taking in a breeze from New England Pines. Hard milled and moisturizing, it will last in your soap dish without dissolving and leave your skin feeling soft. Made right here in Rhode Island, Lightfoot’s Pine Soap is produced by one of the oldest soap makers in the country! Kenyon’s Grist Mill is the premier national distributor for this natural product. It is so popular; we even offer this soap by the case to wholesalers, country clubs, hotels, and retail customers alike. To order retail, click here. For wholesale, call 800-7-KENYON.
Tour the Mill by Video The videos below remind us of Paul Drumm Jr., who purchased Kenyon's Grist Mill in 1971. He was truly a caretaker of a Rhode Island tradition. His legacy lives on with us every day (June 9, 1930 - December 14, 2013).
Up Next ~ Public Events, Demos, and Happenings in May We like to keep our friends and customers updated on what we are doing next...right on our homepage. For a complete, annual list and more detail (descriptions, times, websites, etc.), please click here.
During the month of May, the flowers start blooming, the birds sing louder, the geese and ducks come to visit, the waterfall cranks, our large, white tent goes back up for tours, the shop opens again, we freshen up our Kenyon's Clam Cake Trailer, and begin to grind...a lot of corn! The aroma fills our historic mill. Ahh...spring is here.
Brief notes on what is going on in our neighborhood... May 28: Rhode Island Ag (Agriculture) Day - Providence, RI (Rhode Island State House) ~ Johnny Cake Samples/Demo
May 30 & 31: Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show, North Kingstown, RI ~ Purchase Clam Cake & Chowder