The Grain Mill

The Setting

The Grain Mill is my local discovery of the season. I found it hidden behind the historic Thesen House in Knysna in an old, recently transformed building , which used to be Builder’s Express but now houses the new Knysna Indoor Market.

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The People

The purveyors, Adelheid and Stefan Schmidt came to Knysna from Germany about five years ago. Lock, stock and grain mill. Hence the name. They also brought seeds to grow organic spelt that they mill on the premises to make their tasty breads and pastas. Stefan was happy to show me how they get this…

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…from this…

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…and this…

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…using this…

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The Food

I have learnt that, with a few exceptions, when the menu offers “organic” and “local”, to prepare my inner hippie for “boring” and “skimpy”. What I got was a celebration of seasonal produce accompanied by their delicious spelt bread…

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That had me returning a few times to try this continental breakfast …

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…this vegetarian salad  …

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…this bacon & egg breakfast …

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… and this Caprese salad …

GrainMill (10)The Grain Mill promise is inscribed on the menu:

“All our products are organic or locally sourced. We don’t use any artificial flavour enhancers or preservatives in our meals or drinks. In our kitchen we use only filtered water. Our breads and pastas are homemade using organic spelt.”

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