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Some of Minnesota’s best popcorn comes from this organic family farm

October 5, 2018

Not many foods have onomatopoeic names, but popcorn pop! pop! pop! is one of them.

Americas favorite snack is one of natures minor miracles. Think about it: Through the transformative power of heat, seemingly indestructible corn kernels blossom into a delicate, cant-stop-eating goody.

Doug and Lin Hilgendorf and their family have been growing and processing organic popcorn on their Welcome, Minn., farm about 140 miles southwest of the Twin Cities since the late 1990s.

The couples top-quality product, available in yellow and white varieties, isnt sold in sleek packaging. Nope, it arrives on store shelves in modest white paper sacks bearing a simple Whole Grain Milling Co. label.

Doug is the familys popcorn fan he relies on his Stir Crazy popper and either olive oil or organic sunflower oil and thats one reason why they started cultivating what is now about 20 acres of corn alongside the farms oats, soybeans, spelt, buckwheat and rye.

But mainly, its because were organic farmers, and were always looking for more things that we can sell to our customers, he says. Id like to thank all the people that buy our product and support us, the people that want to know where their food is coming from. Theyre the ones that keep us busy and keep us going.

Whole Grain Milling Co. popcorn is available at most Twin Cities natural foods co-ops and at the Golden Fig, 794 Grand Av., St. Paul.

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