finding flours in los angeles
hi everybody! i am banging out a menu for what i hope will be my bakery/catering business. i am still pretty early on, but i have been home baking seriously for 3 years, and going pro would make me 4th generation. however, i am getting kinda frustrated that LA (which i love), seems not too friendly to the budget-minded, experimenting baker. by that, i mean most flours are criminally overpriced, and sometimes there seems to be only one game in town (whole foods) for anything other than white and whole wheat flours. not to mention natural ingredients for cookies, cakes, etc.; just try finding non-hydrogenated peanut butter chips for less than $4 a bag.
there is a distributor of king arthur (my preference) wheat flours close by, but i really want to be able to go nuts and make tons of practice loaves of all types, especially rye and gluten-free, without having to worry about spending $3 for another paltry 1.8 lb. bag of rye. in that vein, i LOVE KA flour, and plan to use it proudly and exclusively at my bakery, but right now, $6 for 3 lbs. of first clear is outrageous!
maybe i am being lazy, but i thought i would ask you, the fresh loaf crew, for help. i know i should be pounding the pavement and hitting up bakeries, especially jewish bakeries, for flour, but i feel like such a mendicant. i guess it's what i have to do for my passion, but does anyone know of any bakeries or distributors, especially for King Arthur, in LA that can help me out? i might even be willing to help establish some sort of cooperative or buying club to get any other LA area bakers and oven jockeys the flours and ingredients we are jonesing for, at acceptable prices.
anyway, sorry for being so long-winded. i am extremely appreciative in advance for any help offered. THANK YOU!