We’ve been traveling the past few weeks, visiting family and friends, so I haven’t done any weekly grocery shopping. I DID, however, visit a couple of my favorite places while we were back in Michigan (where we used to live).
We discovered the Amish bulk foods store by accident one day, years ago, when driving around. It is not advertised and doesn’t have a phone number or website! It is the cheapest place I have ever found wheat kernels (no tax or shipping!), and I have been a loyal, happy customer for many years.
I divide the 50-lb bags into ziptop bags and store them in the freezer
Countryside Bakery and Bulk Foods
(2204 29 Mile Rd, Homer, MI 49245)
1 50-lb bag Prairie Gold Hard White Spring Wheat Kernels – $27.95
1 50-lb bag Oats – marked down to $16.95
1 3-lb bag Cocoa Powder – $14.95
(16 oz Cinnamon – $2.49) My sister-in-law actually bought this for me and gave it to me ahead of time – but I am including it in the picture because it came from this store and I was planning on purchasing it.
4 oz. Ground Ginger- $1.99
J and D’s Honeybees
(13521 Allman Road, Concord, MI 49237)
1 gallon (12.5lbs) of Raw Honey – $37.50 (We actually bought four gallons while we were there, but only one is for us. This is the best, cheapest place I have ever found raw honey. We’ve paid as little as $25 a gallon over the years we’ve been buying from them, but apparently this was a really bad year for the bees and there is a shortage of honey so the prices are up. It’s still worth it to this honey-loving family!)
2 (54-oz) jars Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil @ $15.00 each – $30.00
Grand Total for all Bulk Purchases: $129.36
I didn’t plan a weekly menu this week as my kitchen is undergoing a major renovation over the next few days and it’s almost impossible for me to cook in it right now. My older three children are staying with grandparents all week, so my husband and I are kind of in eat-whatever-you-can-find-that-doesn’t-require-kitchen-prep mode, supplemented by the occasional out-to-eat treat. Looking forward to getting back to a more normal schedule soon!