About 12 years ago I decided it was time to take better care of myself and my husband. I developed a passion for hacking through the jungle of “nutrition” information trying to discover the truth about the proper relationship to food and proper preparation of foods for the maximum benefit to our bodies. The more complicated the research, the more simple and clear the answer became – “Eat a variety of all foods God made available to us in as pure form as possible”. This led to more research into the preparation of foods before industrialization; during times when cancer and heart disease were rarities at best.
Armed with this wonderful information, I began counseling friends and groups wanting to make positive lifestyle changes as well. When I talked about the fabulous benefits of sprouted grains, the time-honored tradition of how our ancestors would harvest grains that had naturally sprouted in the fields and a modern way to sprout at home, the response was always “Can’t you just do it for me?” And so I did. And that’s how To Your Health Sprouted Grain Breads came to be.
Starting in my kitchen in 2005 baking for a few friends, word quickly spread and opportunities arose to bake for customers of several local and regional CSAs and co-ops. I wanted to make sprouted baked goods available to several additional markets and some retail outlets, so my husband Jeff built a commercial kitchen for my little venture in his new barn in September of 2006. The business then obtained state licensing as a food processor, hired two part-time employees and was “on the grow”.
In February 2008 the business transitioned to offer only sprouted organic grains and flours. In July of 2008 the business incorporated and became To Your Health Sprouted Bread and Flour Co., Inc., dba To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. (hereafter To Your Health or TYH). TYH currently employs 30 people in two facilities.
Jeff came aboard as COO in October of 2009 and has been instrumental in helping grow the business to our current 14,400 square-foot facilities, and landing accounts that have steadily increased production and profits for the company. Jeff now serves as CEO. When TYH transitioned to flour production average weekly sales were about 200 pounds. Current weekly sales average more than 50,000 pounds. Our current weekly production capacity is 70,000 pounds.
Eighty-five % of TYH’s annual sales are from large commercial companies and bake houses including Whole Foods Market (the world’s fifth largest retailer), Arrowhead Mills, the Hain-Celestial Group, Anita’s Organic Milling (Canada), LaBree’s Bakery, and Kellogg. About 15% of annual sales are internet purchases: the company’s parent site as well as two additional commodity sites including Amazon.com. The remaining sources of sales are small retail stores, buying clubs, and co-ops across the country.
To Your Health has automated its sprouting process with machinery specially designed for our application. We have engineered our own proprietary method of drying the sprouted grains to retain all the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes produced during sprouting. Even with all the new developments we haven’t lost sight of our individual customers.
To Your Health is a woman-owned business that has been built from the ground up by hands-on experience and research to create a quality product with very high standards of production. Although TYH may be a little out of the way for most people to find, America is beating a pathway to our door.
To Your Health began to attract global attention when we began selling to Whole Foods Market and other large commercial entities. We are exporting our products to several countries including Canada, Mexico, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
It’s always great to hear from our customers as they share their baking experiences and improved health from using our products. No matter how hectic it gets around the office I’m always brought back around to why I love doing what I do when customers share their positive experiences: from being able to enjoy bread again after years of digestive issues, to improvements in an autistic child’s behavior that wouldn’t have been realized with un-sprouted grains.
Some of TYH’s customer comments include:
“We are REALLY loving the flour! For years, I have “milled” wheat in my VitaMix and made whole wheat bread. I really didn’t think that I could improve the taste and texture of my bread. BUT… your flour has proven me wrong! There is a HUGE difference… primarily in the texture. My husband has called me every day at lunch time, telling me how much he LOVES how the bread is so soft and “like normal bread”. I also made a blackberry cobbler with the spelt flour… absolutely amazing. Really looking forward to trying all kinds of things with this flour!!!” – Angela
“I received my first sprouted flour order yesterday. I was so excited to try it, but to be honest a little worried that the bread would not be any good. I used the bread machine recipe and let’s just say, was blown away with the results. It tastes so unbelievable and not dry at all! So THANK YOU!!! I am a convert for sure to sprouted grains.” – Emily
“I’m a Registered Dietitian and reading about the sprouted flour really got my attention. I had never heard of it before and now I am excited about using it, testing it and spreading the good news!” – Andrea
Looking forward to future success.
Peggy Sutton, Founder and President
To Your Health’s passion is making organic sprouted grain flours for the traditional art of baking healthy, delicious, nutrient-rich foods. We believe good health requires nutritious food that both tastes good and is good for you. We believe in the traditional practice and artistry of preparing whole foods as God gave them to us to eat. We also believe that the traditional diet our great-great-grandmothers (and our ancient ancestors) served up is the same diet our bodies need today in order to enjoy abundant health.
To Your Health is a woman-owned and operated small business in a rural setting in Alabama. We offer freshly milled flours from organic sprouted grains. The sprouting, drying, and milling processes are all done in-house.
We are committed to the provision of healthy, nutritious, easily digestible, sprouted grains, legumes, and flours. Our products are organic, sustainable, non-GMO, regulated, and rated superior by AIB, tested and proven to contain all the benefits of the time-honored tradition of properly prepared grains for consumption by sprouting. We will never compromise the quality of our products. We will strive to continue to educate our customers on how sprouted grains play an important role as part of a balanced, nutrient-rich, traditional diet.
1138 Highway 82,
Fitzpatrick, AL 36029