Source (online?) for whole wheat flour

I was reading reviews of bread machines at Amazon.com and someone said they bought 25 lb. bags of organic whole wheat flour for ~ $0.50/lb. net. The post was in 2006. I don't recall the name of the company, but going to their website I see that the cheapest organic whole wheat flour there now is ~$0.80/lb for 25 lb. and that's before shipping.
I live in Berkeley CA and am looking for an economical source of whole wheat flour. I've been getting mine at the Berkeley Bowl, but the cheapest they have is $1.39/lb. What are some good sources?
Dan
PS I've been getting bread flour at Costco in 50 lb. bags, but I don't believe they sell whole wheat, at least economically.
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dmusicant
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Is there a food co-op where you could check? Mine gives a discount for a case purchase (maybe a 'case' of whole wheat flour is a 50# bag or something like that -- just an example). Prices have gone *way* up in the last 6-9 months or so.
Any farm towns nearby (all things are relative)? Try to find a feed mill and see what they've got to offer.
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Melba's Jammin'
Good luck. I work in food manufacturing, and the company I work for buys flour by the rail car loads. Which is how I happen to know that flour costs have risen dramatically in the past year.
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Tony Sivori
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:>I was reading reviews of bread machines at Amazon.com and someone said :> they bought 25 lb. bags of organic whole wheat flour for ~ $0.50/lb. :> net. The post was in 2006. I don't recall the name of the company, but :> going to their website I see that the cheapest organic whole wheat flour :> there now is ~$0.80/lb for 25 lb. and that's before shipping. :> :> I live in Berkeley CA and am looking for an economical source of whole :> wheat flour. I've been getting mine at the Berkeley Bowl, but the :> cheapest they have is $1.39/lb. What are some good sources? :> :> Dan :> :> PS I've been getting bread flour at Costco in 50 lb. bags, but I don't :> believe they sell whole wheat, at least economically. : :Maybe you can make a deal with the local bakery? : That may be the best idea. The online sources I've managed to find have a hefty shipping fee. For instance, I found a 25 lb bag of whole wheat flour for 12 dollars and change, but the shipping brought the 50 cents/lb up to $1.36/lb. I can buy organic whole wheat flour at my local market for $1.39/lb (as stated above), and any quantity I want, so it's not worth it for me to buy online unless I can find a much better deal. I figure I'll have to avoid shipping to get good deals. I know there must be many local people who bake in their kitches regularly and some of them have certainly looked into this. I just don't know right now how to meet these people.
Dan
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Anonymous
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Have you tried calling wholesale grocery distributors?
Ask your local Subways where they get whole-wheat flour?
Ask bakeries where they get their supplies? (Might help if you're buying something, like a few dozen donuts.)
Gary
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Gary Heston
The price of flour has more that doubled in the last year. The owner of a "country store" showed me a 50 pound bag of flour that used to cost about $15. It was at that time $45. You will probably be better off buying locally since shipping is so expensive.
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The Cook

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