The McDowall family bought Mungoswells, an arable farm north of Haddington in the 'bread basket' county of East Lothian, in the 1920s and have been farming there since. They farm cereals, beans and clover on 550 acres, 160 acres of this is Organic and the rest Conventional (Non-Organic).
As well as planting modern strains of wheat, they introduced early varieties of the crop back to the land at Mungoswells to produce flour.
In 2008, they started building a small maltings to take their own barley and wheat grown on the farm and convert it to malt ready for brewers and distillers to make beer or whisky. Most micro brewers don’t have their own crushing facility so a small mill was bought as well.
Having bought the mill to crush malt, they now have a facility which enables us to mill wheat to produce flour. Being partly organic and having the maltings allows them to produce a wide range of flours, such at malted wheat Flour and the more common flours such as bread lour or plain flour. In total they have 14 types of flour, most of which can be bought either organic or non-organic.
Their flour is made entirely from wheat grown in East Lothian. We grow different varieties of wheat (some organic and some not) suitable for making different types of flour. Hard wheat varieties such as Paragon or Mulika are used for strong bread flour while soft wheats like Consort or Tuxedo make plain or self raising flour for cakes biscuits etc.
As far as they are aware, Mungoswells is the only flour grown, milled and packaged on farm in Scotland.
Unlike commercial white flour theirs has small darker flecks in it. These are tiny particles of bran, the outer protective skin on a grain of wheat which contains more protein and fibre and adds flavour. Their wholemeal flours truly have nothing taken out or put in, the flakes of bran can be seen throughout.
Whether you’re looking to make bread, bake cakes, or try your hand at pizza dough, Mungoswells flour can be used for a range of products and is found in homes across the UK. They sell to bakeries, cafes, farm shops and delis through the country.