Stringtown Amish Bulk Food Store

My friend Michele and I went to an Amish produce auction this morning in Kalona, Iowa. It was a lot of fun and I brought back some great produce. I’ll share the details about the produce auction later, because, even though I had enough foresight to take my camera, I left my memory card in my computer. DOH!

Luckily, Michele is not as scatterbrained as I am, and she had both her camera and memory card! She took pictures and I hope to get them later on today.

After the produce auction, we decided to hit up the Amish bulk food store called Stringtown. Oh what fun! They had so many delightful things for sale!

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.

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!!!

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.

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.

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    • Word of mouth, mostly. Amish markets don't really advertise. Lots of people told me about this place before but I never knew where it was until today. We lucked out and found it! We stopped at a store and asked where this particular one was located. Sometimes, towns have brochures with places of interest noted, if you have any Amish/Mennonite areas in your locale. You can also try google, but I've had less success with that. Good luck!
  1. 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!
  2. 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!
    • 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! :-)
        • Barb, if you're in Kalona, head north on Hwy 1 (towards IA City). Look for the Cheese Factory. It will be on your right. Take a right to get to the grocery store. It's just a block or so on down so it's pretty close. When we were there, they were doing road construction though, and we had to detour through country roads. If they're still doing road construction instead of taking the right at the Cheese Factory, you'll take the right just BEFORE the string factory and you'll basically be going around the mile square and looping back at it. There are detour signs to direct you. It's not too hard. The Cheese Factory people can help you too, if you miss the signs. :-) Good luck! So, if they're still doing the construction, if you're headed north on Hwy 1 from Kalona and you get to the Cheese Factory, you've gone too far. Make sense?
          • Thanks for your directions Michelle. I'm sure that I'll be able to figure it out once I get to the area. Thanks again. :-)
  3. 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........
  4. 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.

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