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flour distributors in Philadelphia

Windischgirl's picture
Windischgirl

flour distributors in Philadelphia

Hi: Given the 3-5 loaves per week that get inhaled around here, I need to find a bulk flour source.  KA has officially hit $1/lb at my local supermarket.

I'm open to ordering online and having it shipped, (and have searched the archives for all your suggestions--Thanks!)

but would prefer to buy locally.  The best KA could offer me was a distributor in Lancaster PA...about 2 hr drive away.  But I live near a city of over 2 million people...with a healthy bunch of local bakeries.  Tell me there isn't a distributor for high quality flour closer!

I have googled "bakery supply" and "flour mills" for this area and have been frustrated.  I can easily get a conveyor oven to fill my living room, but flour in bulk...no good hits.

 Any sugestions?

 Gotta go check on Aunt Carmine's light rye currently in the oven!

 

thanks

kmp's picture
kmp

Try www.localharvest.org and search for "flour;" that's how I found my local farm/mill source for organic flour & grains.  

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sphealey

Note that King Arthur is probably giving you the name of their regional wholesaler/rep agency. That entity in turn most likely supplies local distributors in your city. It would be worth calling the number that KA gave you and asking if they have a local distributor or rep.  They would also know if any of their bakery customers are willing to sell bags of flour out the back door.

sPh

Windischgirl's picture
Windischgirl

kmp, sphealey:

thanks so much: Great ideas!  Will have to follow up and let you know.

We were looking into joining a local csa this year...something else to consider.

Just got a request to make some Burli (little Swiss rolls).  The rye bread is half-gone already! 

 

 

Paula F

Philadelphia PA

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nonstopflights

Paula, 


 


Did you ever find a place? I am just really getting into baking bread (every weekend now!) and need to get flour in larger quantities. Did you find any in the city? 


 


Also how have you learned? I would just about kill to have a day with a pro baker to ask questions and watch. 

kmp's picture
kmp

This will be our 3rd season with our CSA and I can't recommend it more. Even my fiance', who, when I met him subsisted primarily on buffalo chicken pizza and hamburgers, now longs for the start of fresh veggie season every bit as much as I do.

The reconnection with the seasons, giving our food dollar to a local farmer, the amazing freshness & taste of the veggies, the fact that we are so much healthier in Summer/Fall because we are eating mainly vegetables - it's all a plus. Besides that, I got a whole bunch of free organic fruit last year, from a fellow CSAer who had more than her family of three could eat, so I made preserves, jam, sauces, salsas, marinades and canned them all. And now I spread them on fresh homemade bread!