Where can you find old-fashioned grits?

There are small, local area mills all over the south that have a long history of grinding corn into grits, cornmeal and corn flour for making all the traditional southern dishes that so many of us grew up enjoying. But if you don’t live close to one of those mills, or have moved away from the south, you may not have easy access to a source for stone-ground or cold-milled grits. If that is the case, here’s a list of purveyors of traditional, whole kernel, stone-ground grits from a variety of southern sources. Bradley’s is the mill in Tallahassee where I grew up and I love their grits. I’ve also tried several of the others on this list. You won’t go wrong with any of them, though you may find differences in the taste of the grits due to the corn used (all of these I believe are using old-fashioned “dent corn”, or a non-GMO variety) or the particular type of grind that the mill produces. You want to make sure you buy grits where the germ has not be removed from the kernel before grinding. This will require you to keep the grits in the freezer or fridge to prevent them going rancid, unless you quickly eat your way through a small bag of grits (which isn’t hard to do, by the way).

Anson Mills (SC)

Old Mill of Guilford (NC)

Beaverdam Creek Mill (TN)

Carolina Plantation (SC)

Weisenberger Mill (KY)

Palmetto Farms (SC)

Geechie Boy Mill (SC)

Old School Mill (NC)

Bradley’s Country Store (FL)

Barkley’s Mill (NC)

Woodson’s Mill (VA)

The Old Mill (TN)

Atkinson Milling Company (NC)