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Old 05/11/07, 01:32 PM
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Where can I buy bulk grains locally?

I have a grain mill but can't find a local source of bulk grains (50# bags). The last time I bought a 50# bag was through the internet from a place in Northern Indiana. (I'm in Louisville, KY) The 50# bag of wheat grain was something like $10.00 and the shipping was around $30.00. I thought I would be able to buy in bulk from a local natural food store but the ones I called didn't carry grains in bulk. They did carry flour in bulk but not grains. Does anyone know of a source where I can get bulk grains within 50 miles or so driving distance from here?

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I don't know if this place will sell you bulk unground grains but it's worth a call. I found their products at Kr*ger and recently emailed the company to find out if they use US grains or imported. They emailed right back that it's local only.
Let us know if you find a place.
http://www.weisenberger.com/

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Old 05/11/07, 03:00 PM
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You could do a google search on feed stores in your area.

Or, if you have a Whole Foods store, you could ask them if they could get you in a 50 pound bag and if so how much it would be. I once bought sugar in bulk that way from the local grocery when I was selling jams and jellies: they were perfectly CHEERFULL about ordering me bulk sugar!

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Even if they don't carry bulk it's worth a question to ask if they can special order it. I buy 25# bags of organic brown rice and millet locally. They order it specially for me at a price cheaper than if I bought the small bags off the shelf.

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Old 05/11/07, 03:09 PM
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I don't know if this place will sell you bulk unground grains but it's worth a call. I found their products at Kr*ger and recently emailed the company to find out if they use US grains or imported. They emailed right back that it's local only.
Let us know if you find a place.
http://www.weisenberger.com/
Thanks for the link cider. I checked out their site and it looks like they don't carry 50# bags of grains but I sent them an email asking if I could get that size.
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Check www.bulkfoods.com

Shipping is only around $5 or so.

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Check and see if there is an LDS drypack cannery in your area - they might be willing to sell you wheat in bulk. Limey

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Old 05/11/07, 03:21 PM
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Thank you everybody for your fast responses. There has been lots of good leads for me to look into. I'll check them out and post a follow up to this thread later.

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Our eldest son now lives in Kansas. He drives long haul trucks. He has made us a standing offer, to rent a grain truck, buy any grain we want to drive it here [Maine]; if we could find enough folks to Co-op together to handle such an order. He can get grain really cheap. Every little community there has silos filled with grains, waiting for a buyer.

The problem is that he is talking about a lot of grain [80,000 pounds].

If you would like, I can set you up with him. He would gladly drive to your address some grain.

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Old 05/12/07, 07:10 AM
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Do you have any food co-ops or buying clubs around? That's where we find our bulk grains in 50 pound bags.

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Try http://www.clnf.org/ . You can call them and they will hook you up with a co-op in your area.

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FarmerDave, I'd also like to find a bulk supplier without the bulky delivery fee. Would you be willing to partner up to put together a bulk order from a supplier? I'd even be willing to make a drive to pick up an order, depending on the distance. Anyone else in our part of Kentucky interested, or know of a close source?

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Can the wheat, corn, etc. found at the grain mills (feed mills, co-ops) be used for home consumption? I used to get whole grains and mix my own animal feed, but I now want to store wheat berries and oats for our use....

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Old 05/12/07, 05:35 PM
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Are there any Mormons near you? How about Amish? Either of them would have a source and would probably help you either find some or they might order extra for you.

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http://www.localharvest.org/

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Someone asked about eating feed grains from the feed store. I can't really recommend it for the following reasons.....1) it may have been treated with a pesticide for storage purposes that is not suitable for human comsumption, 2) it may not be very clean, as in, it may have rodent leavings, or excess extraneous plant materials, and 3) if you are buying corn, please be aware that most farmers are now planting GE corns. If you want corn that isn't GE it must be organic.

All that said, if I were desperate and hungry I would take the feed store grains, winnow them, perhaps wash and re-dry them and then eat them. It all depends on the situation.

In about a month, or less in some places, wheat harvest will start. If wheat is grown in your area try to find a farmer and arrange to buy wheat right off the combine. Most will sell you whatever you need.

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Old 05/14/07, 11:33 AM
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I got an email back from Weisenberger Mills and they will sell a 50# bag of whole wheat grain even though they don't list it on their web site.

BUT even better, I called a Whole Foods Market here in Louisville that has 50# bags of grains. I'll have to check them out asap and see what other grains and seed they have available. Thank you Terri.

Thank you to everyone for your help and suggestions!

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Dave- what did you find out about prices at the two places?
When you find out about other grains at whole foods would you report back?
Thanks!

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Old 05/14/07, 06:42 PM
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You might try these folks

Pro-Liquitech
809 South 8th Street
Louisville, KY 40203-2024
Tel: (502) 266-7377

OR

Consolidated Grain & Barge Co
1047 South 15th Street
Louisville, KY 40210-1320
Tel: (502) 585-5321

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Old 05/14/07, 10:46 PM
 
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I have a grain mill but can't find a local source of bulk grains (50# bags). The last time I bought a 50# bag was through the internet from a place in Northern Indiana. (I'm in Louisville, KY) The 50# bag of wheat grain was something like $10.00 and the shipping was around $30.00. I thought I would be able to buy in bulk from a local natural food store but the ones I called didn't carry grains in bulk. They did carry flour in bulk but not grains. Does anyone know of a source where I can get bulk grains within 50 miles or so driving distance from here?


Back in 1999, I wanted to purchase a huge quantity of grain, so I called up to Montana Wheat Company (which I found out about through the merchant who sold me my Whisper Mill), and they told me of a customer of theirs that they drop shipped large quantities of 50 pound sacks of whole wheat to.


I then called that customer -- a man who ran a small bread bakery at his home in Defeated, Tennessee, which is not too far from Nashville -- and asked him if he would be willing to sell me 10 sacks of wheat. He was willing to do it, and even though he marked it up from what he paid Montana Wheat for the grain, it was still much cheaper than any other option I had for whole grain.


I'm still using some of that 500 pounds of wheat.


Anyway, you might try calling Montana Wheat Co. Or, Louisville is not that far from Nashville, you might just see if you could locate that baker in Defeated, Tennessee and ask him directly.
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