Friday, June 4, 2010

Meet the Vendors: FunderFarm

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 11:39 AM

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Many homes have attachments. Not so many have attachments that are FDA-approved.

Davy and Laura Funderburk of FunderFarm in Coldwater, Mississippi, use this room to grind whole wheat flours that they sell at area farmers markets.

Davy says the couple, who have four young children, started grinding their own flour about 10 years ago when they decided to avoid processed foods.

The grain is from Montana, and the Funderburks grind it on an electric mill, usually a day or two before the markets.

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The flours include hard white wheat, soft white (pastry) wheat, hard red wheat, buckwheat, spelt, kamut, triticale, barley, and rye. Three-pound bags run between $8.50 and $11. (Bulk orders are also available.)

"The fiber, the good stuff — nothing's taken out," Davy says of FunderFarm's flours, noting that commercial all-purpose products are bleached and enriched.

The flours are freshest one or two weeks in the pantry, two or three months in the fridge, or up to six months in the freezer.

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The Funderburks also sell muffin, pancake, and cookie mixes, $4-$6. The muffin mixes — you add your own fruit — is the most popular.

Davy says that the consistency is a bit different when baking with whole wheat. The taste is different too.

When a customer was concerned her family might reject her whole-wheat cookies, Davy jokingly advised, "Don't tell them. I'll give you your money back if they don't like them."

So far, no refund.

FunderFarm is at the Memphis Farmers Market through the summer, and the Memphis Botanic Garden through the month and every other week starting in July.

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