New Feature: The Bounty of Bulk

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A world of wonderful bulk items!

Oh, the Co-op’s Bulk Department. A mysterious, magical place of over 650 items, many of them organic, including flours, grains, dried cereals, pasta, teas, herbs, and coffee. Because the Bulk Department can be a confusing place — even for those of us who work here — we’ve decided to start a new web & e-newsletter feature to get you (and us) better acquainted with all that Bulk has to offer. Each post (save this one), we’ll focus on a particular section of the Bulk Department (i.e. liquids, or herbs), and give you a few insider pairing recommendations from staff and customers.

Bulk Teaser: Get a bit of our grind-your-own almond butter (bulk #0350), and a few (ahem, many) dried unsulphered Black Mission figs (bulk #7763). Dip figs in the almond butter. Devour. Bliss!

Shopping in bulk is a great way to save money, reduce packaging waste (by bringing your own container), and buying exactly what you need. We’ve got the best selection of bulk foods around — from whole foods, staple ingredients, snacks, and more for your pantry.

Stop by and meet our bulk specialist Ian or another grocery representative. We are happy to help you find what you need and address any questions  comments or concerns.

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Use the handy scale to weigh up reusable containers.

Buying in bulk is an interactive experience. Here’s how it works: Select the item you want, take what you need and write down the bulk bin number on your container. If you bring your own container from home (we encourage it!), please include its tare weight by using our handy scale, located underneath the almond and peanut butter grinders. Use the designated oil pen and mark your tare weight on the container — it’s that simple! Or you can use the plastic bags or containers that we have on hand throughout the department.

Our Bulk Department is extensive and offers many certified organic and gluten-free options. We offer bulk baking flours and sweeteners, dried fruits, beans, rice, soup mixes, salt, chocolate, grains, cereal, and granola. That’s not all — we also have nuts, seeds, and naturally sweetened snacks and candies. View our entire list of our Bulk Grocery List here.

And don’t forget about our liquid bulk items. The following liquid items are available in bulk: extra virgin olive oil, organic wheat-free tamari sauce, organic canola oil, blackstrap molasses, organic agave syrup, Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids, organic vanilla extract, and raw local fireweed and blackberry honey.

We also offer grind-your-own organic peanut butter and almond butter. You’ll also find natural instant soup, plus falafel and dip mixes alongside nuts, seeds, beans, legumes. We carry a selection of organic, fair trade, and locally roasted coffees (including the Co-op’s own coffee & espresso, which we roast in-house daily), as well as black, green, and herbal tea blends. We also stock select personal care and supplements items in bulk: liquid soaps, shampoo, conditioner, and laundry detergent, as well as beeswax, benotite clay, and protein powder.

Check out our Bulk Herbs and Spices department as a great source for a wide variety of items. From arrowroot powder to chia seeds to xantham gum, you’ll find what you need to fill your pantry with flavor and nutrition. We also carry dried medicinal herbs, roots and flowers suitable for homemade infusions and teas. View our complete listing of our Bulk Herbs & Spices List here.

Posted by Claire

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.