Bounty of Bulk: 20% OFF Earth Day Sale

Go Green for Earth Day and buy in bulk. This coming Saturday, April 22nd the Co-op is having a special, one-day 20% OFF Earth Day Bulk Sale. All bulk items will be on sale all day with the exception of pre-packaged bulk items, water, and the olive bar.

If you’re new to bulk buying, don’t be shy; Co-op staff will be happy to help you get started with weighing and marking your items.

Why Bulk?

Save money and reduce waste by shopping in bulk. According to a recent study conducted by Portland State University’s Food Leadership Center in Progressive Grocer, shopping in bulk can save you money and the environmental benefits are clear. The study estimates a shopper can save an average of 89% by purchasing natural and organic food in bulk.

Researchers also evaluated the environmental advantages of buying in bulk and found several. According to their findings, if coffee-drinking Americans purchased all their coffee in bulk for one year, nearly 240 million pounds of foil packaging would be saved from landfills.

Meet Your (Bulk) Needs

Start by stocking up on staples: our bulk section is full of great buys for your pantry, like beans, nuts, cereals, flours, and grains. Take advantage of the bulk section to sample small amounts of pastas, teas and coffees before committing to a large quantity.

Whatever your recipe, herbs and spices can be bought in just the amount you need for a fraction of the price of whole jars. Buying in bulk makes it easy and cheap to explore new cuisines that call for small amounts of herbs and spices you don’t stock in your pantry.

Besides being cost-effective, buying bulk allows you to experiment with new foods. Bring home just enough quinoa for one meal, for example, or enough currants to substitute for raisins in your oatmeal one morning, and then come back for more when you know it’s a winner.

What’s In Bulk?

Explore the Co-op’s bulk section and you’ll find a wide variety of high quality ingredients. Save money and reduce packaging by bringing your own reusable container and buying exactly what you need. Simply record the empty container’s weight on the scale, and write down the bulk bin number.

From grains and nuts to dried fruit and snack mixes, we offer dozens of healthy bulk foods at affordable prices. There’s grind-your-own organic nut butters, as well as organic oils, sweeteners and baking supplies. We also carry a selection of tea and coffee, including the Co-op’s own coffee and espresso beans, roasted in-house everyday.

Don’t forget to stock your spice cabinet! From arrowroot powder to xantham gum, find herbs and spices to fill your pantry with flavor and nutrition. We also carry dried medicinal herbs, roots, and flowers suitable for homemade infusions and teas. Find bulk personal care and supplements items in Aisle 3, across from the boxed cereals. Bulk personal care items include soaps, shampoo, and laundry detergent as well as beeswax, benotite clay, and protein powder.

New in Bulk

Our Bulk Department staff stocks hundreds of items every day. Stop in and check out these recent arrivals:

Bin #7747 – Superfruit Mix – An all organic blend of mulberries, raisins, blueberries, cranberries, goji berries, golden berries and pomegranate seeds. Enjoy this intensely flavored, nutritious berry combination on it’s own. Or add it to muffins, trail mix, cheese platters, granola or pancake recipes.

Bin #7307 – Cairnspring Mill Edison Bread & All Purpose Flour – Freshly milled at Cairnspring Mill in Burlington, this flour is ground from organic hard white wheat grown in the Bow/Edison area of Skagit County. It’s a type 85 flour, ground from the whole grain with little extraction. It’s higher in protein, germ and bran than standard all-purpose flours. This results in more flavor and better nutrition in baked goods. Soft yellow in color, it has a slightly sweet, nutty flavor and makes exceptional breads and pastries. 12% Protein.

Bin #7308 – Cairnspring Mill Pacific NW Espresso Bread Flour – Ground from organic hard red wheat grown in Skagit Valley and Eastern Washington, this flour is also type 85. The flour has a soft brown color and robust flavor well suited to rustic style loaves and sourdough bread. 13-14% Protein.

Bin #7388 – Cairnspring Mill Valley Cream Pastry Flour – Ground from Cara Club Wheat grown right here in Skagit County. It’s a type 65 flour, with some germ and bran extracted to create a refined flour. Very finely ground, use this soft, silky white flour to make waffles, scones, cookies, and pastries. For a stronger gluten structure, blend it with Edison Bread Flour. Protein 8%.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.