Update: The Shop will be open on Weekdays only until Saturday, October 4th Since almost all of our Kenyon's staff members are up at the Big E (Eastern States Exposition) in West Springfield, MA, we are unable to keep the shop open on weekends until Saturday, October 4th. The mill and shop will still be open during regular weekday business hours. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Visit us up at the Big E (look below for details).
Visit Us ~ Mill Shop, Kayaking, Events & More...
Our current hours of operation for the mill and shop are weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional shop hours are Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until December 28. We are closed on national holidays and are closed or have limited staff during the annual, community fairs we participate in. These fun events across southern New England 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. Visit Kenyon's Grist Mill during our Autumn Tour Weekend with Clam Cakes & Chowder Event on October 18 & 19. Free parking will be right at the mill. Enjoy free tours, Johnny Cake samples, demonstrations, and more. This smaller event will be taking place of the larger Johnny Cake Festival this year. For more information on the Johnny Cake Festival and cancelation for 2014, please look below or visit www.JohnnyCakeFestival.com. If you are interested in kayaking during the spring or summer months in some of the most beautiful rivers in southern Rhode Island, visit www.QueensRiverKayaks.com.
Up Next or Going On Now... The Big E (Eastern States Exposition) is going on now in West Springfield, MA until September 28. This is the largest fair in the Northeast - don't miss it! This will be our 57th year up here...always a very important event that helps fund this historic business. Visit us inside the Rhode Island Building (in the back left hand corner) on the Avenue of States. We are serving our famous Clam Cakes (made with our stone ground yellow corn meal, which was voted 'Best Food at the Fair' by MassLive.com), New England Clam Chowder, Rhode Island Clam Chowder, and Roasted Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Make any of our delicious chowders even better by enjoying it in a freshly made Whole Wheat Bread Bowl (made with our stone ground whole wheat flour). We will also have Johnny Cakes available (made with our stone ground white corn meal). Choose from a full variety of Kenyon's products (Lightfoot's Pine Soap too!) in the shop area on the left hand side of the booth. Our customers are like family... Thank you for your support. For more information, click here.
2014 Johnny Cake Festival Canceled We are sad to announce that the 2014 Johnny Cake Festival at Kenyon’s Grist Mill has been officially canceled. To ensure the success of this event, our small staff at the mill and two main coordinators begin planning and developing 14 months in advance. It is a monumental project! Over the winter, the Drumm family suffered a tremendous loss of a loved one – Paul Drumm Jr., caretaker of a Rhode Island tradition and owner of Kenyon’s Grist Mill since 1971. During a very long and trying time, amidst the most critical planning months, the difficult decision to cancel the festival was made. We hope to re-open the Johnny Cake Festival in 2016 with a big celebration, but there are a few changes that need to take place that will make the event even better. More information will be included in on our electronic newsletter that will be sent out in the end of September. To sign up for Kenyon’s Grist Mill’s Millstone Newsletter, please click here.
We apologize to all of our fans and friends who look forward to this unique and authentic event. We put so much passion, love, devotion, and time into re-creating it over the years and enjoyed working with and promoting so many wonderful, local businesses. Thank you for your support in the past and your interest in the future. We must now focus on our primary business, Kenyon’s Grist Mill, and continue to keep my dad’s legacy alive and strong.
Sincerely, Paul Drumm III
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, 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. To place an online order, please click here. We ship across the country!
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.
In Loving Memory of Paul Drumm Jr. (June 9, 1930 - December 14, 2013) Paul Drumm Jr. bought Kenyon's Grist Mill in 1971. He was truly a caretaker of a Rhode Island tradition.