Since lockdown began the Mill has seen a dramatic rise in mail order sales across the country, as well as an unprecedented demand from local stockists such as Cornhill Village Shop, Etal Shop and the Green Shop in Berwick. In part this is due to the difficulty that people have had in buying flour at supermarkets as well as a return to shopping in small local outlets, all of which are working hard to support their communities. However, a significant number of new customers have also noted that they find the flour is of a very good quality and has a distinctive taste, making their baking and bread making even more successful.
Mill manager Dave Harris-Jones said “We are very pleased to be able to play our part in feeding the nation and really hope that, after lockdown is over, customers will continue to support both Heatherslaw Mill and the local shops that stock our flour, along with other essential items. Of course, we have been impacted by the fact that we aren’t open as a museum at present and so don’t have our normal income from admissions and shop sales, but at least we still have our production side. In that respect we are much better off than many of the tourist destinations at Ford & Etal and around the county.”