CleanDirt Farm, a multi-generational, family-owned enterprise, was built on the homestead of Rob Knowles and Meryl Stern. They began the business to promote millet as a nutritious and sustainable ancient grain and to raise the level of industry processing standards. Bay State Milling will work with Knowles and Stern to integrate the local team and transition the business into Bay State’s array of specialty plant-based supply chains.
Bay State Milling offers hulled white proso, whole white proso and whole red proso millets in both conventional and organic varieties as well as non-bioengineered/non-GMO and gluten-free flour. Whole millet, whole millet flour, sprouted whole millet and sprouted whole millet flour will be available at Bay State Milling locations in Bolingbrook, Illinois, U.S., and Woodland, California, U.S.
The combination of Bay State’s flour mill in Platteville, Colorado, U.S., and the CleanDirt business will provide an opportunity to further partner with existing millet growers as well as new growers on their full crop rotations.
“Meryl and I are confident that Bay State Milling will continue to support the professional and personal relationships that we have worked hard to establish with both our customers on the one hand and our supplier/farmers on the other,” Knowles said. “We have always placed a high value on these relationships and believe that our success is a direct result of all the friends we have made along the way.
“For the next six months we will continue working in the office as key players in the ownership transition from CleanDirt Farm to Bay State Milling. We intend to make this transition as seamless as possible for all involved.”