Indianapolis: supplies, Group orders, split orders.
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A. There is an informal buying club here in Indy for Country Life Natural foods, www.clnf.org , where we get free shipping for orders over $400/$450. Send an email to them, or use contact form at web site, to get in touch with the lady in Indy who makes the group order. She does it twice a year, but could do it more often with a larger group. This has to coincide with their company truck that makes scheduled runs throughout the midwest.
B. Want to split a 55 pound bag of Caputo flour? I'll take 15-20 pounds, and let you do the ordering and splitting. Probably need 3 people. Can be ordered from Amazon, or a leeetle cheaper at www.brickovenbaker.com. They have smaller "re-packs" but are much more expensive per pound.
C. Patel Brothers, at Lafayette Square and at Castleton, has 20 pound bags (no smaller) of two kinds of durum flour, actual flour, not semolina, from Sher Brar Mills. One is low extraction, one is high extraction. They have 10 pound bags of Temple brand durum, but it is reconstituted. Wanna split a 20 pound bag of durum?
D. The Amish-owned store called "E & S Sales" in Shipshewana is a baker's and cook's DREAM! (Look it up on yelp.com.) About 3.5-4 hours drive from Indy. Cash only. No credit cards. (They're Amish.) REASONABLY priced smaller repacks of EVERYTHING you can think of. EVERY type of flour or mix, hard winter, hard spring, white, red, flour, spelt, rye, etc., etc. VWG, xanthan gum, guar gum, gluten free, buttermilk powder, cheese powder. Has a good assortment of whole berries, too, for us home millers. Spices and baking supplies GALORE! You could spend at least 2 or 3 hours browsing that store. Plus have lunch in their deli.
I'm in the NE quadrant of Indy/Marion County. I plan on making a trip to E&S within 30 days. I could shop for you, or you could shop for me.
What other lesser-known suppliers are there in and around Indy, where you buy baking supplies?
Gold Medal Products on Shadeland ave, www.gmpopcorn.com , has cool popcorn seasonings, 4 pounds for ~ $32, that can be used for baking. For even better prices on the popcorn itself, go down the street to Indianapolis Concession Supply, for 35 pound bags of white and yellow popcorn.
Indo-Pak stores, such as Patel and many others, have many types of flour, yellow millet, finger millet, bean, teff, sorghum, brown rice, white rice, soy, and many exotic spices and oils.
True "corn sugar", aka Dextrose, aka Glucose Monohydrate? It's at Great Fermentations, E 65th street, in 3 pound and 50 pound bags.