When my kids saw these photos, their first question was, "Bob is real?". Why, yes he is and I was lucky enough to go on a pre-International Food Blogger Conference tour with him. Bob does not normally give tours at his awesome Red Mill, but for myself and a gaggle of other food bloggers, Bob pulled out the red carpet. What an incredible morning we had. And yes, he played piano for us. He is quite musically inclined.
I was quite amazed to find out Bob was 83 years old. He surely doesn't look or act it. He works full time, adores his company, his job and his employees. The passion for what he does oozes out of him and it is truly inspiring to listen to him speak.
Bob loved showing and telling us about every aspect of grain processing. Those look like flaxseeds to me.
Bob's Red Mill is lucky enough to have a very large warehouse where they can process, store and package all of their products in one location. The place is massive, seven acres if I recall correctly.
We found ourselves in Bob's office for awhile.
In the holding area...look at all those bags!! You have no idea how many there were.
I have always been impressed by the Bob's Red Mill line of products, but now I know why my suspicions were correct. Only the highest quality grains go into these packages and a lot of love!
It was a great way to kick off the conference. Thanks to my friend Michelle from Je Mange la Ville for inviting me to this awesome tour, she gets to work at this fabulous place everyday. And it was nice to finally meet Cassidy, Bob's Red Mill's social media manager, she is a great supporter of bloggers! Thanks ladies!!
Bob's Red Mill also sent us home with an amazing swag bag of products, a generous gift card and an apron. Who am I to be so lucky?
To keep in touch with Bob's Red Mill, follow them on Twitter, @BobsRedMill, they would love to hear from you! Or visit when you are in Oregon.
Disclosure: Bob's Red Mill took us on this wonderful tour but did not ask us to write about them or their products in any way. All opinions are my own.
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