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Every so often I get an email as...

Posted Sep 29 2008 9:14pm

Every so often I get an email asking me where and in what quantities I buy my grain.

I buy 50lb bags of both soft white wheat and hard white or red wheat. In general I get these from Eden Organic Foods in Clinton Michigan. I buy them there because I drive by the company headquarters on my way to work and back each day. I notice that they also have quinoa and popcorn (and pearled barley). I recently discovered that you can get Eden products cheaper. Zonya Foco has a 15% off coupon code for Eden on her website. (I discovered this because Zonya attends my church.)

Once per year, my family and I make a trek to Battle Creek Michigan for a biking/camping trip at Fort Custer State Recreation Area. While there, I generally pick up an order of bulk grains and other things from Something Better Natural Foods. They have unbelievable prices and a large selection. Last summer I got a large quantity of hard and soft wheats, barley, oats, and corn. I also picked up some spelt and kamut. I must say the kamut is my absolute favorite grain. I wish I had bought more.

I buy lesser used grains (e.g. quinoa, rice) in packages at my grocery store.

Because of the volume I purchase, it is impractical to have these things shipped. Most places will ship, but the costs are prohibitive. It is important to try and find something local if at all possible to keep costs down. Unbelievable prices aren’t so unbelievable after you add shipping.

I go through about 100lbs of soft wheat and 100lbs of hard wheat per year. I make bread once per week from the hard wheat and make quick-breads (e.g. biscuits, scones, muffins) throughout the week with the soft wheat. I make pancakes and waffles with oats and barley. I occasionally make hot cereal with whatever grains I have on hand.

UPDATE (2/29/2008):  I recently went to the Eden site to order some grain, and discovered that their prices have nearly doubled. I will be looking elsewhere.

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