Barkley's Mill Gourmet Stone-ground Grits FAQs

What is the history?

Unlike modern mills, Barkley’s Mill preserves the 100% naturally robust flavor and nutrition of our grits by slowly stone-grinding our seed on our hydro-powered gristmill. The heat generated by this slow grinding process is greatly reduced; therefore, you’re guaranteed to get everything you want and need from every spoonful of our grits. Furthermore, each ear of heirloom corn is hand-selected for quality, so we can always hold true to our promise of mouth-watering goodness!

Where can I find more information about your grits and seeds?

So glad you asked! We have a full history and description on our gourmet grits on the Grits & Seeds page right over here. 

Is your product(s) non GMO? Sustainable? Organic?

Our mouth-watering "Stoned Happy Grits!" are made from gourmet quality heirloom, non-GMO, gluten free, pesticide-free, chemical-free, and germination certified Hickory King Dent white corn seeds. To bring you this quality, we pride ourselves in always practicing sustainable farming methods. We also promise to only stone-grind the corn seed that we grow on Southern Cross Farm at Barkley’s Mill; therefore, both of our gluten free and non-GMO promises will never be compromised. However, we are not yet certified as Organic.


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Where do you package your grits?

Our heirloom gourmet stone ground white corn grits are expertly packaged right on the mill property on Southern Cross Farm; we're located in western North Carolina. We pull the grits out of their 0 (zero) degree Fahrenheit freezer and place them in a high-quality cloth bag, pack them securely, and ship them directly to you and your family.

I would love to share a recipe; can I do that?

We would love to hear from you and taste your down-home grits recipes firsthand. For any of our customers, friends and neighbors or anyone with a tasty recipe to share, please email your request to customerservice@barkleysmill.com.

Who took all of the gorgeous photos I see on your website?

We owe the credit to all of the incredible images of our mill, our farm, and our life to photographer Keaton Edwards.

What are the names of your dogs? Do you have other animals on the farm?

Our dear farm dogs are named Brooklyn, Bonnie ,Greta, and Bessie Mae. Yes, we have goats and chickens, a cat here and there are a few the guineas. 

What are your milling methods?

 At Barkley’s Mill our methods are well researched, time-honored, old-fashioned, and carefully practiced.

We’ve gone back to gourmet quality heirloom white corn in order to find a truly robust natural flavor to delight your palate. In order to preserve the natural flavor and heirloom nature of our corn to its fullest we’ve gone through the process of growing our own seed corn. We’ve also arranged and plowed our own fields in a way to allow for open or natural pollination while preventing cross-pollination from other varieties of corn or other vegetables.

Once our corn reaches maturity, we harvest and shuck it in one step. Next we use a traditional corn crib to naturally dry our corn. After the Corn has dried, we inspect it by hand to protect the quality of corn we stone-grind and shell it before grinding. For our complete story of our milling methods please visit the page Our Methods on this website.

We would like to tour your property and learn about milling and farming; is this offered?

While we are working tirelessly to produce the very best gourmet stone-ground grits around, our time at the mill and the farm is currently devoted to our grits and seed production. However, we do anticipate offering tours of the mill, the farm and sharing our daily life with our customers interested in visiting in the future. Please check back later or email us to learn when tours will be possible.

I'm a market owner and a retailer; can we purchase your grits and seeds for our store?

We are not offering our grits, seeds or signature items at wholesale pricing. However, you can still purchase our Barkley's Mill products at retail pricing, please contact us at customerservice@barkleysmill.com.

What is your return policy?

You have our 30 day, 100% money back guarantee (on purchased products). No kicks, screams, or gimmicks; simply a straight up returns policy.

Barkley's Mill DOES NOT offer free return shipping on our stone-ground, heirloom grits or on our apparel or accessories sold in the Barkley's Mill store. Additionally, any seed order cannot be returned due to the nature of the product and our certification requirements. Please visit our Promise & Returns Policy page for additional information and our return request submission form.

Do you ship internationally?

Currently we do not ship internationally. If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you can stay up to date on any changes that may be made to international shipping in the future.