During the summer and fall I try to buy our produce from local farmers markets. Tooele County has a handful of small markets and my favorite one is located at the Benson Grist Mill. My toddler loves to comes along with me so we often make an outing of it.
We bring a list of the produce we want for the upcoming week. My son loves helping me find the fruits and veggies we need. He is much more willing to eat the veggies he helped pick out! We always grab a couple extra pieces of fruit to have as a snack over at the grist mill grounds.
There’s a large pavilion with picnic tables where we like to enjoy our snack. We usually make a stop by the drinking fountain afterwards. I think my son would play at the drinking fountain all morning if I let him!
After our snack and drink we are ready to explore!
Originally built in 1854, the Grist Mill was in operation until the 1940s. In the 1980s a committee was formed to acquire the grist mill and surrounding property. They restored the grist mill and also relocated 17 other original 1800s-era buildings from the Tooele Valley to the property.
Unless there is a big event going on, the site is typically quiet and peaceful. There is a small hill my toddler loves to run up and down over and over. He’ll take little breaks from his running to pop in and out of buildings while I read the histories of the buildings.
We are gearing up for potty training over here so toilets are a hot topic these days. My son was especially interested in the outhouse after I explained what it was for!
Most of the buildings are unlocked so you can take a self-tour. If you’d like a tour, there are volunteers available to take you around the grounds. You can find the tour guides in the Mill House. While we haven’t taken a tour before, I love talking to the tour guides when we see them around the site. They are so passionate and knowledgeable!
There is a country store where you can buy sweets, drinks, and darling home decor and gifts.
Next to the store is a small playground with a very tall slide that my toddler is still working up the courage to go down!
We often just come to roam around the grounds and explore the buildings, but there are several great events that we make a point to get out to, too. There’s a monthly Living Grist Mill Day, annual outdoor musical, pumpkin walk, and of course, the farmers market!
- The Benson Grist Mill opens the first Thursday in May thru October 31.
- It is open to visitors Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- You can explore the grounds on your own or meet at the Mill House for tours.
- Event details can be found at bensonmill.org
- There are bathrooms and drinking fountain. Snacks and drinks are available to purchase from the country store.
- The grounds are stroller friendly but some of the buildings are not.
- You can camp!
- Family Reunions
- Company Parties
- Youth Conferences / Youth Groups
- Church Groups
- Boy Scout Functions
- Eagle Scout Ceremony