Organic and heritage flour from the Seigneurie des Aulnaies, an exceptional product
A bag of flour from the Seigneurie des Aulnaies contains a journey through time.PHOTO: TurnedNews.com / Allison Van Rassel
At the western limit of the Bas-Saint-Laurent, the Seigneurie des Aulnaies produces from its ancestral banal mill flours that are certified organic and without preservatives, an exceptional product made from grains from nearby agricultural producers.
Built in 1845, the heritage mill was renovated at the end of 1970 and returned to its first artisanal vocation in 1980.
This summer, visitors will be able to see the mill’s bucket wheel, the largest in Quebec, in action after a long reconstruction, explains André Anglehart, general manager of the Corporation touristique de la Seigneurie des Aulnaies.
Each year, eight varieties of wheel-made flour are distributed in grocery stores across Quebec, for a total production of approximately 130 tonnes.
What characterizes our flour is really its particular taste, says artisan miller Steve Beaulieu, who fell in love with the trade a year ago. The man also provides interpretive tours of the mill.
Steps have been taken to include the mill in Quebec’s intangible heritage and to set up training to ensure the succession of millers in Quebec, a trade and know-how that is disappearing.