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Stringtown Amish Bulk Food Store in Kalona Iowa

Kalona Iowa has lots of fun Amish stores including Stringtown Grocery – one of my favorite bulk food stores around. Some of my favorite things to buy at Stringtown change depending on the seasons, but some are always the same. Wondering about Stringtown? Here’s what to know!

Stringtown Amish Bulk Food Store in Kalona Iowa

Stringtown in Kalona is not your typical grocery store. If you’ve never been to an Amish store before, you might not know what to expect. But if you have been to an Amish bulk food store, you probably have a pretty good idea of the type of food you can find at Stringtown. I love shopping at Stringtown for certain items, but tend to be more careful about other things. Here’s what you need to know about Stringtown and the stuff you’ll find there!

Location and Hours:

Stringtown’s address is 2266 540th SW. Just down the street from the Kalona Cheese Factory, Stringtown is outside Kalona and off Highway 1 on the way to Iowa City. It keeps pretty typical business hours, except that it’s closed on religious holiday and on Sundays. The hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 am – 5 pm

Tuesday, 10 am –  6 pm

Friday, 9 am – 6 pm

Saturday 8 am – 4 pm

 Stringtown Amish Bulk Food Store in Kalona Iowa

I was most excited to find 50 lb of Hard Red Wheat Montana for $23. I stocked up on hard white wheat for a little less in Missouri, but I’ve really been wanting some hard red wheat. I like the hard white wheat for artisan bread, waffles, cakes, and pancakes, because it is more similar to unbleached flour, but I love the red wheat for my 100% Whole Wheat Bread.

tattler lids from Stringtown Amish Bulk Food Store in Kalona Iowa

I also found BPA-free canning lids! sells them, too, but Tattler Reusable Regular Canning Lids & Rubber Rings – 12/pkg were quite a bit cheaper at Stringtown.

I was so excited to find rye berries for super cheap – .43 / lb!!!
rye berries from stringtown

And finally, I got some more black beans and some RAW almonds. Did you know that nuts are pasteurized unless they specifically say raw? Yup. I just found this out recently. The “raw” nuts I’ve been buying from Sam’s Club are not raw at all. So I added a bag of raw almonds to my purchase. A couple dozen farm fresh eggs rounded out the purchase. I spent just over $60.

raw and black beans from stringtown grocery

Of course, I cross-referenced their prices with prices on my Grocery Price-Point List. Most of them are still good! 🙂 Do you shop at Amish bulk food stores? I highly recommend them. They have great products and super prices.

What’s your favorite store in Kalona Iowa? I’d love to hear!

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theresa grieder

Sunday 15th of June 2014

I also like the community country store located a mile or two down the road and then about 1.5 miles to the right, and the central discount store located further down the road from stringtown check it out. They also have a small store that sells farm supply and boots check at the cheese factory for maps. Another great place is the kalona bakery in town where they make the noodles, they also have a sandwich shop. The antique stores are great in the town of kalona as well as the hardware store.


Sunday 1st of December 2013

Springtown grocery opened up there new facility last fall and have added many more products. I have been shopping there for 3 years now and just love the store and the people. Their butter is the best in the world. There dried fruits and wonderful with no additives. Also the pastry flower is wonderful. I have found there spices and herbs are very reasonable as is there grain products. I winter in South Carolina and wish I could find one here........

Julia @

Tuesday 13th of September 2011

How big was Stringtown? I've visited at no frills bulk store in a small town with my SIL, but I'm wondering if I could find some place with more selection.


Tuesday 13th of September 2011

It's not super big. But I thought they had a nice variety. They had all kinds of grains, rice, pasta, nuts, baked goods. They had some 50 lb bags of wheat berries from Wheat Montana - my personal favorite. They also had a nice big chilled room to walk in full of produce, cheese & butter. I reccomend you check it out. Let me know if you want to knew where it is. It's pretty easy to get to if you know where to go! :-)

Learning the Frugal Life

Monday 12th of September 2011

Looks great. Didn't know that about the almonds. Interesting little tip. Was the flour the berries or already milled? That is a good price. Never visited an Amish store but would love to go to this one. Maybe another road trip in my future!


Monday 12th of September 2011

I bought berries. They had 50 lb bags of flour too, but I didn't pay attention to the prices.


Saturday 10th of September 2011

In my area (Northwestern PA), we have some Amish communities and there are several discount grocery stores/bent-n-dent stores run by them. I buy tons of stuff there and often find organic pantry items for WAY cheap.....Newman's Own, Cascadian Farms, Muir Glen, Simply Organic. Some items are past the sell by date but many have 2 years to go still. I buy all my hubby's coffee there. He'll only drink Starbucks and I often find whole bean bags for $3.00 or less, so I stock up. I figure I save between 50-75% on everything I buy. It's my favorite way of saving money on food!


Saturday 10th of September 2011

I found a store like that not too far from where my parents live in Missouri. I love going there and stocking up on fun food items.

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