Amber Waves of Anthem Oats with Fifth-generation South Dakota Farmers

Roots go deep at Anthem Oats. Come with me to meet fifth-generation farmers, Taylor and Cassandra Sumption, the founders behind the premium, gluten-free oat company.

The couple grows and packages premium oats for retail on nearly 400 acres near Frederick, South Dakota, 27 miles north of Aberdeen on US Highway 281, just seven miles south of the North Dakota border, and their packing and offices operation in Frederick.

Taylor Sumption of Anthem Oats on John Deere combine in oat field

Listen to Taylor and Cassandra on Funeral Potatoes & Wool Mittens Season 2 Episode 23 anywhere you get podcasts. We even talk about mycorrhizal fungi.

Taylor’s great, great grandpa homesteaded in the area in 1882 so Taylor and Cassandra are keeping the family agriculture business alive in what’s now 142 years!

Taylor and Cassandra Sumption in a field holding Anthem Oats packages

They’re focused on value-added agriculture and vertical integration to build their legacy-based, farm-to-table company—this means we can count of them for many years of delicious steel cut, old-fashioned, and quick oats and instant oatmeal cups and packets in flavors like vanilla chai, peach and cranberry, dark chocolate brownie, super fruit, pumpkin spice, and my personal favorite, maple pecan (with a heavy drizzle of Adee Honey Farms honey). 

Anthem Oats products sitting on the ground in a farm field

Oats Recipes from Cassandra

Cassandra shared her recipe for cheeseburger meatloaf with secret sauce (at the end of this post), Tiramisu-Inspired Overnight Oats from Eating Well and Energy Balls from Tastes Better from Scratch.

Even though Mary Bjerke uses bread or panko crumbs in her meatloaf recipe (pictured below), you could substitute with oats.

plate with mashed potatoes and gravy, a slice of meatloaf and green beans

Random Sweets Recipes with Oats

I’m a baker so I go through a ton of oats for sweet treats.

Here’s my recipe for Honey Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Balls.

Where to Find Anthem Oats

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Sweet wishes,


Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Staci at Random Sweets
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 385 kcal



  • lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup Anthem Oats, minute or old-fashioned, uncooked
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

Secret Sauce

  • cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup


  • 8 large slices of cheddar cheese
  • 8 strips of bacon, cooked and halved
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced



  • Heat oven to 350℉. Spray 9 x 13 metal baking pan with cooking spray. 
  • Combine all meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl, mix lightly but thoroughly. Press mixture into pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until the meatloaf is to medium doneness (160℉) and center is no longer pink. Drain off any juices. 

Secret Sauce

  • Combine ingredients in a small bowl, mix well. Spread over hot meatloaf, completely covering, cut meatloaf into 8 rectangles. (Do not remove from pan)


  • Top each rectangle with cheese, 2 half pieces bacon and tomato slice. Cook for an additional 5-6 minutes or until the cheese is melted.  
  • Note from Cassandra: I've never put the tomatoes on top, primarily because my kids aren't huge fans. But it would probably be good. I usually crumble my bacon rather than halving it. 


Recipe courtesy of Cassandra Sumption of Anthem Oats.


Calories: 385kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 20gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 435mgPotassium: 493mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 448IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 3mg
Keyword 9×13 pan, bacon, ground beef, oats

All text and images © Staci Mergenthal • Random Sweets

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