We sometimes buy coconut and/or almond flour for paleo baking. We don’t bake very often, but I have been known to make waffles and fruit crisps. We also occasionally use arrowroot powder as a thickening substitute for corn starch.
In the past, we have often purchased Bob’s Red Mill coconut flour, almond flour, and arrowroot powder. It wasn’t long after we moved to Oregon that we learned that Bob’s Red Mill is actually close by, in Milwaukee, OR. And that you can purchase items directly from the Mill and take tours if you want to. We decided to check it out.
We enjoyed shopping for paleo-friendly flours and spices in bulk. I was rounding an aisle, when I suddenly froze. There was Bob himself! I knew it was him immediately because I had been looking at the side of a box with a picture of his face, and then there he was across the aisle, eating breakfast with his wife in the adjoining restaurant.
Well, I was starstruck. (Too starstruck to ask him to take a picture, which is why I just have this photo below from their catalog.) Bob is 85 years old, and for his 81st birthday, he actually gave the business to his employees. Pretty inspirational story, and good products, too.