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Name your favorite companies, I need recs

butterflygrooves's picture
butterflygrooves

Name your favorite companies, I need recs

#1 Does anyone know of anywhere in Southern California that I can buy flour in bulk?


#2 If the answer to #1 is no, can you give me the names of places I can order from that have decent prices and the shipping costs that aren't horrible?  Links to websites are appreciated!


I am looking into buying a range of different flours (eventually) and yeast.

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Chuck

Maybe things are too different here on the right coast  ...but then again maybe not, maybe my experience will be helpful to you anyway.


I've found locating a source that will sell retail in bulk (other than the local organic mill) to be quite frustrating. Many months of searching, finally a hit, and then what seems like only a few months later they either change their prices and sales strategy drastically or go out of business altogether.


What seems to work a whole lot better is to strike up a relationship with a small local baker. Lots of them seem amenable to a deal like "next time you get a truckload of flour, order four extra 50# sacks, then 'unofficially' sell them to me retail for cash - you win because you make a little extra money on the deal, I win because I can get items and quantities I don't have access to otherwise".


(There are some threads here on TFL about excellent mills in northern California that welcome retail buyers, even those who only want one sack; I suspect -but don't really know- that the southern California climate isn't amenable to wheat though. How often do you drive 400 miles, and how much storage space can you access?-)

butterflygrooves's picture
butterflygrooves

Is that the Northern California mill you are talking about?  I haven't been up north in 2 years...  I thought about that but it's not something that would happen often enough.


There is a local baker from our farmers market who is really cool, I will shoot him an email and see what he says!

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OldWoodenSpoon

but I've read here on these TFL pages about Goldberg & Solovy as a Southern California source of King Arthur Flour products in big bag quantities.  You are also near to New York Bakers, based in San Diego and run by Stan Ginsberg (elagins) a respected contributor to this site. NYBakers has a small but growing array of products that fill many of the mainstream, and some of the more difficult to find niche needs of avid hobby and pro-am bakers alike.  I am no more than a satisfied customer and have no problem recommending you give them a try.  Shipping costs from so near by should be minimal compared to more distant options.


Good Luck
OldWoodenSpoon

butterflygrooves's picture
butterflygrooves

We are in San Diego at least once every other month, I could always pick flour up from there!

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CraftyKat

I just found a store in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif; Honeyville is on Milliken Ave and they sell wheat in bulk !  hopefully this may be local for you.