Start your holiday shopping at Yates Mill

Stumped over what to get your favorite foodie or history buff for Christmas? How about a gift of freshly ground cornmeal from historic Yates Mill?

Come out to Yates Mill County Park on Dec. 10 for our annual holiday sale. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can buy white or yellow cornmeal, cookbooks, t-shirts, mugs, tote bags and more gifts. Proceeds from the sale go to the upkeep of this uniquely beautiful historic site.

Need proof that we have great gifts? Try making this delicious recipe for pecan sandies – it’s featured in the Yates Mill Cornmeal Cook Book, with dozens of recipes for only $10 per copy:

Yates Mill Cornmeal Pecan Sandies
Contributed by Jeanne Robbins
Third place, 2007 Yates Mill Cornmeal Cook-off

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Yates Mill white cornmeal
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together, add the egg and vanilla, and stir until well blended.
  • Sift the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until a dough forms.
  • Mix in the pecans until well distributed throughout the cookie dough.
  • Shape the dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter and then flatten the balls slightly on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes, until the edges are just browned.
  • Cool the cookies on the sheet for a couple of minutes before removing them to a rack to cool completely.

Our cornmeal is very popular so you’re welcome to order in advance to make sure we have enough for all your gift-giving. Each two-pound bag costs $5 and comes in a souvenir cloth sack that can be reused. Send an e-mail to or call the park office at 919-856-6675, and let us know how many bags and whether you want yellow or white cornmeal.

Come out to watch us grind cornmeal for the sale! Our final corn-grinding weekend of the year will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20. Bring your family to take a tour inside the mill with costumed historic interpreters. You can buy gifts on corn-grinding weekend as well.

On other weekends, please come visit us at 2 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday for hour-long tours of the mill and grounds. Our last mill heritage tour this year will be held on Nov. 27. The mill is closed during December, January and February, though the park is open year-round.

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