Great News for Mushroom Growers

We have a good amount of BioGro/Demeter certified whole rye (maybe her a read more?) that is showing some sprout damage due to the very difficult harvesting conditions we experienced this summer. Unfortunately the damage is sufficient that the grain is not good baking quality but in all other respects is best organic material. It is a good growing substrate for mushrooms – we can supply it whole or kibbled as desired at the highly discounted price of $0.90 per kg plus GST, $010/kg on top for kibbling.

If you are interested, write an email to info@milmoredowns.co.nz

Sep 20, 2018



Getting short of Dinkel

From now on we sell only 5kg Dinkelflour maximum per order. Thanks for your understanding.
Jul 04, 2018



Milmore Easter Lambs!


Make your Easter into something special with a lamb for a family meal.

A box of lamb will last you through the year (freezer of course must be available).

The lambs grew slowly, naturally on our organic farm, which has been Demeter and BioGro certified for more than 30 years. The lambs are between 23 and 28 kg carcass weight, the price is $12/kg (this means around $300 for the complete lamb, cut and packed in a mix of chops and roasts).

Please ring Matt on his phone 0274373539 for delivery options; on farm pick up or delivery to addresses between the farm and Rangiora/Christchurch city.

Mar 02, 2018



The new season begins

Well what a year it has been – we’ve had everything thrown at us in a climatic sense! The spring was late, after a wet tail end to the winter which saw the Dinkel field turn into a lake. Waterlogged ground is not ideal for any plant, and so of course a part of the area was drowned out.
The Oats for our own green manure seed were sown, drowned, re-sown and in the end almost abandoned.
But then, come November, it all changed – blazing temperatures and not a drop of rain for over six weeks forced crops to an early maturity with small grain size. This hit the wheat and rye particularly. The potential to sprout in the ear should moisture arrive is also ever present under such conditions. January, and the next challenge – a tropical cyclone bringing some 120mm of rain over a week or so. And it wasn’t the only rain event that month so harvesting was a matter of high speed when the day permitted followed by waiting for the next window of suitable conditions to get started again. By the end of the month it was all in the silos, variable yields, variable quality but still offering us the hope of being able to supply you all over the next 12 months.
Parallel to the work in the fields, we have had two exciting new developments – both expansions - to the milling and the irrigation.
Both are still in the commissioning phase but we hope to be able to offer an increased range of grain products through the importation of a stone mill and sieving box from East Tyrol, Austria, and to ensure better success with the crops we grow by having a greater area able to be watered. We hope the investments mean we can better meet your needs looking into the coming years.

Feb 28, 2018



Expended range of different organic wheat flours

After our new mill is set up we can offer an expended range of flours.
Our wholemeal flour is Zentrofan milled as you know, the gently method of producing a finely milled product with the full range of nutritional value.
The other flours are reduced in bran (to different degrees - see price list), the texture is slightly coarser but still high in nutritional value and taste due to the bran content. The germ is not removed, the flour should be used as fresh as possible.
Jan 20, 2018




Exciting milling developments on the farm – the new mill has arrived!

Finally the two large crates have landed at Milmore Downs after travelling a long way out of the Austrian alps in East Tyrol.There will be some commissioning before it is all up and running for the first millings, but we hope to be supplying you with a fine light unbleached flour soon.
The mill is a two stone mill that delivers the flour to a sieving box which allows us to produce a range of new products. The sieves are interchangeable; we can take out all the coarse bran fraction, or only part of it, we can take out a semolina grade, we can offer a range of ‘whiter’ flours which will meet the varying requirements of bread and bakery goods production. It will suit both home and commercial production.

These will be high value organically certified products that still retain much of the whole grain nutrition advantages as the germ is still present and some of the minerals. The lighter nature without any protein reduction will extend the range of possible products like cakes and pastries. This option is in addition to our well-known and widely appreciated, finely milled ‘zentrofan’ wholemeal flour with its wholegrain, complete nutrition. We will post soon more information.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from the team of Milmore Downs

Dec 19, 2017



Cow Horn Manure Preparation

Lifting the cow horns filled with cow manure which have been put down in autumn
Sunday, 29th October 2017 on the farm, Scargill, North Canterbury
pm Shared Lunch (please bring a savoury dish - finger food would be the easiest – orsomething for the afternoon tea)
1.30 pm Lifting and emptying of the horns and a compost preparation, and preparing a CPP (Cow pat pit) with discussion and explanations
Maybe you are wondering what that is about or you might have heard about biodynamic farming, but don't know much about it? So come along and get an inside view, and enjoy getting a good job done in stimulating company!
About 4pm end with afternoon tea
If wet, contact us on 033143712.
Oct 29, 2017


Lambs for purchase available

if you want to buy a lamb, please contact us, we will put you on the list and we will send you a cutting form. Lambs are available in December. Orders please from now onwards, latest mid of November.
Oct 20, 2017


Demand for Dinkel 2017

This year the demand for Dinkel is unexpectable high. We hope you understand the need to share the Dinkel we have left. You can order max 5 kg flour/order, no hulled Dinkel. Thanks a lot for your commitment.
Oct 19, 2017



Autumn Biodynamic Preparation Day

Saturday, 25th March at Milmore Downs
12.30 Shared Lunch, please bring a plate, 1.30pm Discussion, filling and burying the horns.
Everybody is very welcome to join this event.
Looking forward
Mar 02, 2017
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