There’s a food-based renaissance taking place in Texas, and it’s all being orchestrated by a man based out of Dripping Springs, TX. At the center of this renaissance is heirloom and heritage
grains like wheat, rice, corn and rye. And the man behind the renaissance is James Brown, head miller and owner of Barton Springs Mill. Barton Springs Mill
- the Hill Country’s first new mill in more than a century opened in 2017 and is located off of Fitzhugh Road by Treaty Oak Distilling.
After noticing a lack of high-quality flour
for his own baking needs, Brown started Barton Springs Mill and now provides ancient grains to bakeries, and restaurants all over the Central Texas area and beyond. Barton Springs Mill also holds classes and workshops on occasion so make sure to check their website for dates and times.
In the same building, you can find Abby Jane Bakeshop
, a delicious baked goods shop that uses heritage grains grown in Texas and milled in Dripping Springs at Barton Springs Mill. In fact, a nine-foot window from the bakery into the mill means when you come to get your latte and morning bun, you can sip leisurely while watching the millers doing their hard work. (Seriously, they love it. Do it.) Abby Jane offers a regular menu of breads, pastries, pizza, sandwiches, grain salads, treats, and sweets made with all the heirloom grains we can get our hands on.