Shopping at the Amish Store!
Shopping at the Amish Bulk Food Bakery Store!
Have you ever shopped at an Amish bulk foods bakery store? It is a real experience for everyone, full of interesting products and AMAZING prices, if you shop carefully. By visiting an Amish bulk foods store, you can get access to a wonderful variety of foods at fabulous prices. It’s also possible that you will get to take a peek into a lifestyle that is very different from your own. I don’t know much about Amish philosophy. My only understanding is that the Amish lifestyle is based on Christian values, with an emphasis on doing fair business and spending time with family.
Bulk doesn’t always mean bulk . . .
Some years ago, my dad introduced me to my first Amish bulk food store in Penn Yan, NY. Since that time, an Amish bulk foods and bakery store opened in Lyndonville, NY. This is about a 40 minute ride from my home, so we make a bit of a day trip out of it. There are so many different kinds of foods available that it is nearly overwhelming on the first visit.
The Amish tend to style the stores as ‘bulk food stores,’ there is usually no need to buy in bulk quantities. What, you say? How can that be? It is a ‘bulk foods’ store! Yes, but the key to enjoying the Amish bulk food store is to understand that the Amish store owners buy in bulk and repackage it for retail sale. We are able to buy foods at bulk food prices without having to buy in bulk. If you can use food in bulk quantities, you will find that the prices are even lower than the repackaged items.
Ingredients, ingredients, ingredients . . .
I love to cook and bake, and I love to offer my family with the best foods I can for the best prices I can. It’s become an obsession to eat cheaply and yet deliciously! I also care deeply about WHAT we eat, and I generally do not buy pre-made items at the grocery store. We all are aware that there are risks associated with eating processed foods, whether that risk be food poisoning or poor health. Because of this, I like to actually prepare most of our food myself.
Shopping at the Amish bulk foods store, I have access to an incredible variety of supplies for baking at equally incredible prices. Many of the flours that are so popular today are available there, such as rice flour, spelt, white whole wheat, and many others. About the only flour I haven’t yet seen is the sprouted wheat flour.
Here’s a photo of some of the truly BULK flours that you can buy. These are all 50 pound bags, so bring your strength with you!
As mentioned above, you don’t really need to buy in bulk. All of the flours are available repackaged into smaller sizes. You can try different ingredients without investing a lot of money.
In these photos, the light buckwheat flour is $1.95/lb. Compare that to Amazon’s Bouchard Family Farms Gluten-Free and Kosher Acadian Light Buckwheat Flour, 3lb Bag, which costs $5.00/lb. You just can’t beat the price!
So many bargains for the adventurous baker!
Have you ever wanted to try paleo baking, or whole grain baking? You can buy almond flour, or white whole wheat pastry flour at the Amish bulk food stores. You can also buy some of these flours at your local grocery store. However, you will probably pay a lot more money at a grocery store than you will at the Amish bulk food stores.
I wrote an article comparing flour prices between Sam’s Club and Aldi USA. You can read that for more informatio about different flours and their costs here.
There are so many other bargains at the Amish stores. Rice, pastas, spices, cake decorating supplies, baked goods, and even delicatessen meats and cheeses are just a few examples. Here’s a photo of the deli counter pricing board, so you can see for yourself how cheap the prices are!
Amish stores, whether they are bulk food, lumber yards, furniture, or any other kind of store, tend to be in a rural setting. There are usually no restaurants in the area. Turn this disadvantage into an advantage for your day trip! Get a sandwich at the bulk food store – they’re cheap, delicious, and made to order on homemade bread!