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Feb 16, 2009 03:55 AM

Buy in Bulk?

I recently moved to NJ from Chicago area. Back home there's stores called The Home Economist owned by John B Sanfillipo (Sanfillipo Nuts) with locations in Skokie, Westmont and Elk Grove Village.
They sell sundry 'gourmet' items (mustards, teas, cheeses, etc) but the bulk (no pun intended) of their items is nuts, grains, candy, pasta, snacks, spices sold in bulk, by the pound. Wonderful if you only want a 1/4 cup of couscous or need 3# of oat bran or have a jones for pumpkin seeds or Jelly Bellys or just want to get different colored sugar or sprinkles for cookies/cupcakes.

My question to you:

Is there any place similar to it in New Jersey/New York that is designed for the home consumer & isn't a big-hassle wholesaler?

Thanks for any info.

Here's an info/review page from YELP to give an idea of what I'm looking for:

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  1. Your link is broken (gave me an error message)
    there's a few dozen answers to your question
    you could start with
    Sahadi's in Brooklyn
    even Fairway's (various locations)

    both have websites you can Google

    Fairway Market
    2350 12th Ave, New York, NY 10027

    187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Fairway Market
    480 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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    1. re: pitu

      I love Sahadi's, but note that for a while now they have been selling some of their bulk (by the pound)items: grains, dried beans, spices, etc. pre-packed and weighed, so that you have to take the sizes they have made up. Their cheeses are also pre-packed. They continue to serve and weigh their vast array of nuts, snack mixes, coffees, olives, candies and dried fruits.

    2. D'Vine Taste in Park Slope has spices and grains in bulk. Great little shop. Doesnt carry teas, cheeses, etc in bulk, but it's where I do all my spice shopping.

      1. Im not aware of a lot of places in NYC other than Sahadi and D'Vine that sell dry stuff in bulk. I think the tide has washed in and mostly washed out again on this concept, at least for self serve or say for wrapped candies, although there still are definitely some bulk sellers among health food stores - tho I think Id prefer Sahadi, with their big turnover for the items they sell over health store bins.

        IAn exception - think Eagle Provisions (5th Ave and 18th St in Brooklyn) sells various kinds of Jelly Bellies out of dispensers behind the cash register - Im sure these are also available elsewhere.

        On the other hand, given small NY apartments and families, plenty of places sell relatively small packages of high quality grains, spices, etc. Im thinking , in addition to the above, particularly of Kalustyan on Lex in Manhattan as well as many Indian stores. For decorating supplies, NY Cake in Manhattan is tops.

        1. International Foods on 9th Avenue in Manhattan in back of the bus station sells spices, beans, flour, grains, etc, out of big barrels and smaller bins...they also have great yogurt and Greek appetizing items.

          1. the market at Integral Yoga (right across from St Vincents) is excellent for bulk grains, seeds, etc.

            Integral Yoga Natural Foods
            229 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

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            1. re: bigjeff

              Topps market on N. 6th in Williamsburg has a bulk section. Turkish groceries do lots of bulk nuts, legumes, dried fruits, spices...try a shopping excursion to 86th Street near Bay Parkway, lots of choices for ethnic groceries down there. And what about the co-ops? Does Flatbush Food Coop have bulk bins?

              1. re: PAL

                Yes they do. They even sell olive oil and maple syrup in bulk.

                1. re: PAL

                  does anyone know where I can find Turkish yogurt? Preferably in Queens.