Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wholesale Buying

With a family of 11, the only way my mom can afford to feed us healthy, and plentiful, is to buy a lot of our foods wholesale. The prices are usually 30-40% off what you'll pay at the stores. You can find conventional, natural and organic products; fresh and frozen produce, bulk flours and nuts, gluten free products, beauty products and supplements.

For years we have used two different wholesale companies. The first is UNFI (previously Mountain People's Warehouse). However, you cannot order or pay online and you have to buy cases at a time.

Most of the time we prefer to buy from Azure Standard. You can order and pay online, or you can pay when you pick up your order. You can buy 1 or 2 of something, or a whole case if you would like. You can place an order once a month and the orders are delivered to a location in your area where you meet the truck. If your order is under $50 you are charged a processing fee, so let me know if you want to combine orders and I'll match you up with someone. To find a drop location in your area visit the Utah/Idaho website or to set up an online account contact Heather at 208-429-1989.

Another great resource is Bountiful Baskets. You get a basket full of fruits and vegetables. The conventional baskets are delivered every week and are $15. The organic baskets are usually delivered every other Saturday and are $25. You never know what you are going to get, but it is always a great deal. The site is really confusing. Here is a page with good step-by-step instructions.

Local Harvest is a website source of local products including produce, eggs, honey, meats, etc. Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to get great local organic produce. You buy a seasonal “share” and get weekly baskets full of great produce.

Utah Co-op is a non-profit store located in Murray, Utah. All proceeds from sales go back into buying more inventory. Their prices are usually 15-20% off retail. If you want a specific item, request it and they'll do their best to fulfill it. They usually have Pasture Pride cheeses, $1.00 for 8 ounces.

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