Our Roy’s Calais Flint Corn is grown by the Cornie family in Idaho. The corn is harvested, shelled and dried on the farm. It is then sent to Camas Country Mill in Eugene, Oregon where it is milled into polenta.
With an incredibly rich, buttery flavor, this polenta may be used interchangeably with grits, and is an excellent base for hearty meat and vegetable dishes.
Roy’s Calais is an open-pollinated flint corn originally cultivated by the western Abenaki (Sokoki) tribe in Vermont. It is said to be one of the only crops to survive the “Year Without a Summer” in 1816, when early summer snowfalls resulted in crop failure and widespread starvation. This corn was saved in the first half of the 20th Century by Roy and Ruth Fair, farmers based out of North Calais, Vermont. Eventually it found it’s way to farmer Tom Stearns, who selected seeds based on their outstanding performance in Organic conditions and worked to remove all inbred varieties out of the product.