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Winter can be a time of baking providing goodies and warmth for the family. Most everyone spending time baking in the kitchen knows about the premier products of King Arthur Flour. They are an American retailer of baking ingredients, specialty flours, baking tools, cookbooks and baked goods. Wall Street Journal honored the company naming it as a ‘Top Small Workplace’.
Their line of flours are ‘never bleached or bromated including all purpose, whole wheat, white all purpose, bread flour, self rising flour, unbleached cake flour, gluten free multi purpose, and a variety of specialty and professional flours.
King Arthur Flour is Americas oldest flour company, founded 1790 in Boston. Henry Wood was an importer of English Milled flour. The company grew rapidly adding Benjamin Franklin Sands as a partner. There was a transition in ownership with a name change to Sands, Taylor, and Wood.
They decided to introduce a premium line of flour in 1896. After attending a musical performance of ‘King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table’ they were motivated to name the new product King Arthur Flour. The new flour was introduced at the Boston Food Fair on September 10, 1896 with great success. In 1978 the company was relocated from Brighton Massachusetts to Norwich Vermont.
At its facility is a retail store with a newly renovated Baking Education Center opening in 2012. The center conducts classes for bakers of all skill levels for adults and children. The classes are hands on ranging from introductory demonstrations to weeklong courses for professionals.
In addition to hands on classes they offer online baking classes to complete in your home at your convenience. Online classes cover a range of topics including expert bread making, mastering the piecrust, the secrets of tender scones, just a few of the baking topics at their website. Maybe the best part of these online courses is there is no charge.
Norwich VT is a town of 3,414 on the western bank of the Connecticut River forming the boundary between Vermont and New Hampshire. Hanover NH is across the Connecticut River via Ledyard Bridge with the Green Mountain National Forest to the west. The Appalachian Trail passes through Norwich on its way north.
Settlers first arrived in the area in 1763, building the first log buildings along the Ompompanoosuc River in 1765. The Ompompanoosuc River joins the Connecticut River in the town of Norwich. The Ompompanoosuc River is 25 miles long and a tributary to the Connecticut River as it flows to the Long Island Sound.
Norwich VT is a 4 hour drive of 352 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 east to Troy then route 7 northeast to Rutland and route 4 east to US 91 finally Norwich. Follow signs to King Arthur Flour, at 135 US Route 5, South Norwich, VT.
Here’s a participants comment after attending a class at the Educational Center.
“This was such a wonderful experience. I just can't say enough good things about it. “

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