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Where to buy Wheat?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by manakiah, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. manakiah

    manakiah Issaquah Wa Member

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    Where is the best place to buy wheat in bulk in the Northwest? Not looking for flour. Winter Hard wheat or something close to it. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance
     
  2. atypicalparkie

    atypicalparkie sowfeast poetland, ohraygun Member

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    This is mail order and you'll definitely pay a premium (I think, if my rural upbringing-memory serves me... 'course prices have gone up in the last 30 years:) )Hard Red Spring Wheat | Buy wheat berries. Your best online source for organically grown non-hybrid wheat berries in bulk.
    or there's this co-op that I think is based here in Oregon but delivers routes in WA too..
    Azure Standard: How Does it Work? | Heavenly Homemakers

    When my Dad was driving wheat harvests back in N. Idaho, we'd buy bags from the local farmer's grain elevator co-op; reckon there's one (or many) close to you too? Dunno if any of that helps...
     
  3. Decidion

    Decidion Washington county, Oregon Member

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    Try the LDS Family Home Storage center nearest you. They will be cheaper than anyone else and a nicer group of people you would be hard pressed to find. You can either use their canning equipment (they charge you their cost) or buy it by the sack and bring it home and package it yourself. I'm not sure which one is closest to you, so here is a list of all of them in Washington:

    WA - Bremerton
    Phone (360) 373-6028
    Address
    288 Wilkes Ave
    Bremerton, Washington 98132

    WA - Kennewick
    Phone (509) 735-6455
    Address
    6501 W Deschutes
    Kennewick, Washington 99336

    WA - Kent
    Phone (253) 852-8552
    Address
    1412 West Morton
    PO Box 825
    Kent, Washington 98035-0825

    WA - Mt. Vernon
    Phone (360) 424-0335
    Address
    1524 Riverside Drive #14
    Mt. Vernon, Washington 98273

    WA - Mukilteo
    Phone (425) 315-1514
    Address
    4215 C Russell Road
    Mukilteo, Washington 98275

    WA - Spokane
    Phone (509) 928-1035
    Address
    E 9423 Fourth Avenue
    PO Box 141308
    Spokane Valley, Washington 99214

    Unless you can't find what you need elsewhere, I would avoid using Azure Standard. In the last 4 or 5 deliveries we ordered from them, half our order didn't get shipped. Apparently, their order group cannot truly tell if they have something in stock and if it doesn't get shipped, it get completely canceled and they don't even tell you. So essentially, when you order from them, you don't even know if you will really get your order. I am through with them.

    25lbs of white wheat at the LDS storage center is $5.80
    25lbs of white wheat at Azure Standard is $10.80

    It's your call :)
     
  4. Guilty

    Guilty Salem, Oregon Active Member

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    I have seen Montana Hard White Wheat in 25 lb. bags in the flour isle at Wal-Mart SuperStores. Price is $13.00-$16.00. It appears that they only have space for about 2 bags on the shelf. They also have ground whole wheat flour in 5 lb bags.
     
  5. simpleguy

    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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    I buy it at Bob's Red Mill as it is close to me, but expensive, what I really should do is contact my local grange hall and I bet there is a farmer that will sell me a few buckets for 3X what he normally does, we'll both go away happy and I'll save a ton.

    Here's a grange near you, even though they may not have it, I bet one farmer knows another who does....

    Issaquah Valley #581
    105 Newport Way SW, Issaquah, Wa.
    Meets 2nd & 4th Mondays at 7:30pm
    Rental contact-Florence-425-392-3013

    http://www.wa-grange.org/localgrange.html
     
  6. atypicalparkie

    atypicalparkie sowfeast poetland, ohraygun Member

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    ah, decidion and simpleguy give much better suggestions on this than I did :D
     
  7. The Cheese

    The Cheese somewhere special Member

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    just be aware that, according to what I was told by a wheat farmer in Arlington OR, that most of the wheat grown in OR is soft white. Which is good for pastas, but isn't so great for bread. He gave me a bunch that I think I will grind up and see how it does in bread. But he told me that its too wet out here to grow hard wheats or something like that. I take his word on this as his family has farmed in OR for a freaking long time and I imagine he knows his business.

    Oh, and +1 for the LDS cannery. Cheapest hard wheat around. Bobs is good too, and if you call them you can ask to get a price sheet on bulk purchases. I think, IIRC, that its like by the pallet or 7800lbs or something like that. Either way its a boat load of stuff, but the pricing is pretty decent. And you can get things like Spelt and other non-wheat grains.
     
  8. manakiah

    manakiah Issaquah Wa Member

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    Thanks for the info!!
     
  9. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    I bought a case of hard winter wheat that was 6, 1 gallon cans (#10) with oxygen absorber inside for $17.50 in Kent.

    SF-
     
  10. manakiah

    manakiah Issaquah Wa Member

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    I will give them a call on monday!
     
  11. SheepDog223

    SheepDog223 Salem Well-Known Member

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    wheat is a seed right? I would start by asking Wilbur Ellis in Woodburn or Suver Oregon.


    Edit: Or find a seed cleaning place up in Wa. I'd try to get as close to the supply chain as I could. Paying retail sucks.
     
  12. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    LDS does not mark up for profit. All items are sold at cost.

    SF-
     
  13. mxitman

    mxitman N. Seattle Member

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    I've done several purchases from the LDS cannery in Kent, I didn't realize there was one in Mukilteo which is closer for me. I'm not Mormon and it was pretty straight forward, they are only open on Tuesdays for the public and you simply grab a cart and load up.

    Fill out a form what you bought and then pay for it. My favorite is the Apple Pieces, nothing like dehydrated apples for a snack. Best prices by far, We spent around $200 and probably could live off that for a few months if I needed to....of course Costco is good too for the other stuff.
     
  14. Sense Amid Madness

    Sense Amid Madness Oregon Member

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    I did this same search a couple of years ago for our group. We ended up buy one pallet each of hard red wheat, soft white wheat, and rolled oats from Bob's Red Mill, all in 40# and 50# bags. The price was great, but that was 6,000 pounds! We then bought two pallets of food-grade plastic buckets and gasketed lids real cheap through a connection that one of us had with a chemical supplier in Portland. We rented a bottle of nitrogen, bought a bunch of dessicant packs off ebay, and spent weekend repacking all 6,000 pounds into buckets. We divided it all up according to family size. We still had dozens of spare buckets left, so we filled them with beans and rice out of 50# bags from the wholesale grocery. Total cost was less than half retail. Find a group of like minds that you can buy bulk and share with.
     
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    packman coast Active Member

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    we had our local feed store check with their supplier to make sure the wheat and oats had not been treated with anything after harvest.it had not and we paid $15 for 50lbs hard red wheat.
     
  16. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    There is a farmer who sells wheat near Sherwood, OR. "Schlichting Century Farms" 503-936-3637.
    A full 50 gallon blue barrel costs under $60.00. Less $10.00 if you bring your own, or you can load up pails or bags yourself for an even better price.
     
  17. Sense Amid Madness

    Sense Amid Madness Oregon Member

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    That seems like a great deal. Hard to beat buying direct from the grower. Can you say how many pounds of wheat are in the drum?

    Don't forget about a way to grind the wheat. I have the Country Living Mill that I motorized myself. I can fully recommend that mill. I can hand-crank it in a crisis, but that makes for a REALLY good workout.

    Learn how to sprout the wheat also for good nutirition, and a different taste.
     
  18. HossBluto

    HossBluto Tri-Cities New Member

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    You can buy wheat at Winco I believe for cheap. You can also get any of their bulk goods in 15lbs. bags.