About our History
In 1974, a small organic flour mill opened in the village of Fairhaven, part of Bellingham, Washington. Founded as a cooperative, Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill was owned and run by a handful of worker-shareholders. By the end of the 1980s only two remained and Bill Distler bought out his partner and ran the mill for nearly 20 more years.
In 2007, Kevin Christensen and his wife Matsuko purchased the mill and in the fall of 2010, after more than 36 years in Bellingham, Fairhaven Flour Mill moved to a new 7,500-square-foot space in Burlington, Washington, near I-5.
In 2019, a local group of farmers and visionaries purchased Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill with the goal of taking their predecessor's hard work to the next level, while supporting the local farmers and economy.