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Where to buy wheat berries in the Northeast?

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cjjjdeck

Where to buy wheat berries in the Northeast?

I am a new member and this is my first post.  This site seems to have great information and the members seem very knowledgeable and are quick to help.

I didn’t find a more recent post of this subject (2009/2010 posting is what I found) and the one I saw didn’t really help much for the Northeast area.  So I figured I’d post it myself.  I apologize if I missed a more recent post on this subject.

I’m venturing into the world of fresh ground flour to bake bread.  I live in Northern NJ and am finding it hard to find/buy wheat berries within the state (or tri-state even).  I ordered my first batch of hard red and white wheat berries that I’m experimenting with from Amazon (being a Prime member helped the overall price).  I obviously will be interested in buying larger quantities if my experimenting is successful (my first seed culture seems to going OK so far....). 

So here’s the obvious question:

Where do members from the Northeast, that mill their own flour, buy their wheat berries from?  

I’m struggling to find sources that aren’t from the Mid-west and/orPacific Northwestareas to maybe save on shipping charges and get better pricing on bulk purchases.

 

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

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barryvabeach

I have had success with a local organic food store - they don't stock berries, but I can order them and have them by the next week.  You can also check to see if there is a local coop, it might offer a similar service.  Other posters have had luck contacting their local Later Day Saints to try to order through them ( and found they could even though they weren't a member )   Based on some post elsewhere, I just ordered some from Walmart-  the shipping was high but still ended up with a cost below a dollar a pound.  If you can get them to ship to the Walmart to pick up, that would be pretty inexpensive.   The walmart search function is pretty weak but here is one http://www.walmart.com/ip/Augason-Farms-Hard-White-Wheat-26-lb/22001478      This is for 26 pounds,  I bought the 45 pound containers, but don't see them now. 

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cjjjdeck

I just went on their site.  Pretty good deal if you take the order over $45.00 and pick it up at the local store.

I'll definitely put that one on my list. 

 

Thanks very much for the response!

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pepperhead212

and shipping can be as much or more than the cost of some of these things. However, a good source I have found, with a flat shipping rate of $4.49 for any order, is Honeyville Grain. They have whole wheat and rye berries, as well as some other grains, and flours, as well. I use their artisan UB flour, which has great flavor.

Dave

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cjjjdeck

When I'm ready for the "big" order, this looks like a pretty good source.  Good price on product and I really like that flat rate shipping price, since it's coming from Utah.

 

Thanks for the response Dave, it's much appreciated.

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pepperhead212

The order I made from them I got at 15% off, with a promo code around the holidays. Looks like about every 2 months they do this. I got on their e-mail list and got another a couple weeks ago for 10% off. And it's not the type that sends ads constantly, which is good.

Dave

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bread basket

Amish Bulk Food store.

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pepperhead212

But not everyone has an Amish market nearby. Too bad, as they carry a lot of good ingredients.

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cjjjdeck

There is an Amish Market closer to the Central/Northern NJ border, but not really near by unfortunately, and the bulk food they offer is minimal for that location.  The more I look, the more I sense the internet will give me my best sources.  I would have liked to support local/state agriculture.

 

I appreciate all the replies and help!

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swtgran

The absolute cheapest place I have found to buy wheat berries, is from the canneries that the Latter Day Saints run.  There have either dry or wet canneries.  If you can find a local dry cannery, you can get great deals.  Not all canneries allow non members to purchase things there.  The one we have locally does.  You can buy it in large bags or you can buy it already in #10 cans. 

If you search for LDS canneries on the internet, there should be a list with those local to you.  You can call and find out their hours, which are limited, and if they sell to non members. 

They have the cheapest I prices I have found anywhere for dry foods, such as beans, apples, milk, potato flakes, white rice,etc.  If you want cans, sometimes you have to can them yourself, but they show you how.  terry r.

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cjjjdeck

Thanks for the response and suggestion, terry r.!

I'll definitely check into that source.  I recently got back from a trip visiting friends in central PA and picked up a 50lb bag of Montana Bronze Chief (hard red) wheat berries from an Amish market at what I thought was a very reasonable price ($34.95).  So I'm good for a while.  But I'll continue my search for a local source.

 

Thanks again!