Where have all the flours gone?

It seems flour, especially bread flour but also everything else,
has gotten extremely scarce in the last few weeks. I can't even
find it on-line.
My needs aren't urgent, but when the stock gets below a couple
5-lb bags I start looking to replenish. Not possible right now.
Anybody got a hint what's going on? I can't believe all that many
folks are actually making their own bread.....
As an unrelated aside, there's a nice, if sentimental, article on
French baking culture in:
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Thanks for reading,
bob prohaska
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bob prohaska
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Yes, folks are simply baking more. Bread is one of those comfort foods that almost all enjoy. And now where picking up fresh loaves multiple times a week at the market, well it's just not the best idea.
My college kids are home. Taking classes online. And when they're bored, it appears, they like to cook and bake. I've not made dinner in weeks! (On to dishes duty for me - that's ok!). My son has baked breakfast sausage loafs 2-3 times in the last month. His last loaf was truly picture worthy. Daughter made Kaiser rolls for a pulled pork shoulder I smoked. Delicious.
We burned through our ~10 lbs stash fairly quickly, early on. Were lucky enough to get another 5 lbs at the grocery - but that went quick too. A friend was lucky enough to score a 25 lbs bag for us from Costco, which we're sharing. A neighbor has given us a sample from her Sourdough starter, which I've been feeding 50g of flour and water each day, building it up enough for some loaves. Been ages since I played with sourdough - before said college kids were born. Should be a fun learning experience.
I only hope I can up my excercise routines up enough to offset all the additional calories from all this good cooking. ;)
Hope all's well for anyone in this (mostly) silent newsgroup..
Regards, Mark
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Post about bread on rec.food.sourdough and alt.bread.recipes too as they are also struggling.
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I have been able to find flour, but I have a baking business and can go to a store geared for people in the food business, However, you have to buy large quantities. Yeast is difficult to find though. I think a lot of people are home and baking more. You may enjoy this recioe (I hope its okay to share it here.)
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Flour is available in some stores near me, but yeast is more challenging to find. If anyone is interested in an easy bread recipe that does not need a bread maker, you might enjoy this
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(I hope it is okay to share here.) I appreciate you taking a look and hope you try it.
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