Sign up for this event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2124839734477865/
* FREE for Volunteers without beans
* $20 for those with beans which includes one pound of your bean flour and an aflatoxin test (to determine mold in beans).
Bring your dried Velvet Mesquite beans to grind into flour. Make sure you have tasted your beans to determine they are sweet. Make sure the beans are dry--they can snap in two easily so they won't jam the machines. Leaves and twigs should be cleaned out of your beans before you come. The beans should be beige/brown/red streaks. Not green. Cost of additional lbs. of flour after the first pound included in ticket price: $4 per lb. of additional flour. If you donate 1/4 of your total beans to Cactus Flower Co-op, your flour will cost $2 per additional pound.
We will give instructions and hands-on demos about how to mill your mesquite and paloverde flour at home, and how to juice prickly pear cactus fruits.
Up to 5 lbs. of beans can be processed for each person. If you have more than 5 lbs., bring them and we'll grind them toward the end if there is time. Expect to be here at least one hour while we all help with the process. We have the "Giraffe" and the Kitchen Mill machines to grind the beans. They are small tabletop mills that work fast (less than a minute to grind several cups). Then we will sieve/sift the flour so a fine flour is made. All attendees are asked to help with the sieving of their flour.
Please include your email address in your ticket signup so I can send you the exact address. If the event is full, please send me your email address and I'll let you know of our next event. We will have another event in October if there are a lot of people on the waitlist.
Please bring a healthy potluck dish.