Wade’s Mill Wapsie Valley Grits are stone-ground from a heritage, open-pollinated, non-GMO yellow corn traced back to eastern Iowa in the 1880s. One farmer kept the local Native American corn variety under cultivation when the other farmers moved to hybrid corn. His farm was in the valley of the Wapsipinicon River (known locally as the Wapsi/Wapsie), for which the corn was named.
Wapsie Valley corn is bright yellow, with about one in every twenty ears a beautiful copper red or orange. Wapsie Valley Grits are a gorgeous deep yellow with prominent red flecks and have a sweet and mellow flavor. They make a coloful, cheerful dish on their own and will also brighten up any grits dish as a vibrant base.
In former days, the longstanding tradition at community corn-huskings was that the person who found and shucked a red or orange ear got to kiss the person of their choice!
Our Wapsie Valley corn is grown exclusively for us by a heritage family farm in Dayton, VA.
Wade’s Mill Wapsie Valley Grits are 100% natural with no additives or preservatives, stone-ground from non-GMO corn.