Albemarle Baking Company

Murphy & Rude Malting Co. founder Jeff Bloem malts only Virginia-grown grain, and sells his product to local breweries like Random Row and South Street. 
Photo: Eze Amos

Our daily bread: A new crop of farmers, millers, and bakers is working to restore Virginia’s local grain economy

When Will Brockenbrough walks across the sloping, wide-planked floors of his grain mill in Nelson County, he’s stepping through 225 years of history. Built in 1794, the mill was then a crucial link in the local farm economy, using water power derived from the Piney River to stone-grind grain from nearby fields. On this late-spring […]

Timbercreek Market and its affiliated restaurant, Back 40, have closed, but chef Tucker Yoder (pictured) has turned his attention to a big bike ride. Photo by Amy Jackson

On to greener pastures?

Was it really only a year ago that Timbercreek Market in the old Coca-Cola building on Preston Avenue was revamped, split into a retail farm store on one end and Back 40, the farm-to-fork restaurant manned by chef Tucker Yoder, on the other? Both spots have closed, and there’s no word yet on what’s next […]