A Visit to the Oldest Working Mill in Bucks County

Corn in Ball JarMark Fischer’s passion for milling runs deep in his blood. His grandfather, Henry, was a miller in Erlbach, Germany, before emigrating to Philadelphia in 1920. In 1940, Henry purchased a post-and-beam mill in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, that dated back to 1730. He named it Castle Valley Mill, a name that comes with a story all its own and dates back just as far. Thomas Meredith Jr had a dream to build a castle on the banks of the Neshaminy in order to break an evil spell. The castle was built, but we’re not sure about the spell.

Mark’s grandfather began collecting milling machines, pulleys, and gears from other mills that were being destroyed in Bucks County. He gathered this equipment and stored it in the mill, but did not operate the mill. Visiting the mill as a child, Mark dreamt of one day owning it and converting back to a fully operating mill run solely on water. In 2011, that dream became a reality when Mark sold his business and purchased the Castle Valley Mill property from his grandparents’ estate.

Mark began milling with just two smaller French buhr grinders that preserve the nutrients in whole grains, unlike more modern processing methods. His goal was to produce local, fresh grains and use any profits to restore the original mill. Today, the mill is powered by electricity but Mark hopes to completely restore the mill to operate on hydro power alone. He sources heritage grains grown on small farms that use organic methods in Pennsylvania–the farthest grains travel is from Harrisburg.

Castle Valley Mill’s commitment to local first is paying off, and Door to Door Organics is thrilled to be delivering such delicious freshly milled whole grains to your door. Swing by the Shop and check out Castle Valley Mill Stone Ground Hard Whole Wheat, Non-GMO Cornmeal, Spelt Flour, Grits and Farro. Then if you’re looking for new ways to cook these grains, head on over to the Kitchen for Castle Valley Mill’s favorite recipes.