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#P6 Profile: Lonesome Stone Milling

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Lonesome stone millingLonesome Stone Milling of Lone Rock, WI (located along the Wisconsin River between Viroqua and Madison) is doing their darndest to fill the void that many locavores find when it comes to eating a local diet: grains.

The business formed in 2009 when Gary Zimmer and Gilbert Williams came together to purchase a closing seed and grain business in Lone Rock. Initially, they had wanted to open a new business that would clean a variety of cover crop seeds for area farmers. Soon after the business opened, the focus began to shift from not only seed cleaning, but to milling as well.

Today, Lonesome Stone Milling mills a variety of local grains, including rye, wheat and corn, which are grown by family farmers in southwestern Wisconsin. The majority of those grains are from local organic farmers: Tom Martin of Wauzeka, Dave Dolan of Dodgeville, Dennis Dochnahl of Dodgeville, and Larry Dammen of Argyle, WI. You can find the grains they mill as single flours and blends. Check out Lonesome Stone Milling Company’s products in the VFC grocery department in Aisle 2. We carry their organic pancake mix, cornbread mix, and cornmeal.

Lonesome Stone Milling is part of our P6 program at the VFC because:

Local: Lonesome Stone Milling is located in downtown Lone Rock, Wisconsin, about 43 miles from the VFC. They focus exclusively on milling grains grown by local farmers.
Small-Producer: Lonesome Stone is run by Gilbert Williams and a staff of three in Lone Rock, Wisconsin. They sell and distribute their products directly to the VFC.

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