Arva Flour Mills (Arva, ON)
2042 Elgin St, Arva, ON N0M 1C0
Arva Flour Mills, in Arva, Ontario, on the banks of the Medway Creek, is believed, to be North America’s oldest continuously operating water powered commercial flour mill. Originally established in 1819, unlike most other heritage mills, Arva Flour Mills have never ceased operations and continue to produce what is believed to be: “The Best Flour by a Dam Site!”
They mill a natural heritage flour from non GMO wheat from small nearby farms. Their vintage roller mills produce a heritage flour with no preservatives or undesirable commercial additives.
A visit to the mill will reveal grinders, belt-driven from beneath the floor, with wooden shutes extending up between the rafters. The Arva Flour Mill continues to thrive today, owned and operated by the fourth generation of the Scott family. For the most part, the mill operates virtually the same way it did in the early part of the previous century, with half the mill still running on water power; the rest on electricity. If you ever have the opportunity to visit the mill, they have two wonderful stores that sell a vast array of organic, natural and local products.