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pmarlowe May 31, 2011 01:06 PM

Hello Hounds,

I was wondering whether any of you had recommendations for buying cheap quinoa around the Bostn/Cambridge area or thereabouts. I found a 25 lb bag of Roland's prewashed on Amazon at about $2.40/lb a couple of months ago, but that seems to be the best I can find (and that deal doesn't seem to be available any longer either). Anything closer to $1 or $2/lb in the area or online?

Thanks,
Phil

(Please be gentle because this is my first post).

  1. StriperGuy May 31, 2011 01:46 PM

    Welcome to chowhound. I recently read an article that Quinoa is getting expensive...

    Have you tried the Harvest Food Coop in Central Square?

    These guys have a location South of Boston and recently purchased Boston's biggest Wholesale flour distributor. I bet they have it.

    http://www.perkins1.com/bakerspantry.htm

    Or these guys in Needham. You need a tax ID number to shop there. But it is REALLY easy to get one:

    http://www.restaurantdepot.com/

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      pmarlowe May 31, 2011 02:10 PM

      Thanks for your response!

      1. When I last checked at Harvest, their Quinoa was around $4/lb.
      2. Perkins doesn't have it on their catalog: http://www.perkins1.com/catalog.html
      3. I have no way to get a business tax ID number, unfortunately, so I don't think it's an option for me!

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        emannths May 31, 2011 02:26 PM

        I think you can get a EIN for a sole proprietorship. But call RD first to see if it's worth it!

        Also, check Costco, BJ's, and Trader Joe's.

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        Trader Joe's
        1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

        1. re: pmarlowe
          StriperGuy May 31, 2011 02:33 PM

          I bet Perkins has it. Give them a call and make sure you talk to their MA location south of Boston..

          Anyone can get a tax ID. Just google it.

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        bear May 31, 2011 02:43 PM

        Welcome! When I bought it at Costco a few months ago, it was 4 lbs. for $9.99. Of course, you have to have the $50 membership, which adds a bit to the overall cost depending on how much you shop there.

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        1. re: bear
          GretchenS Jun 3, 2011 07:50 AM

          And yesterday Costco had it 4 lbs for 9.35.

        2. trufflehound Jun 1, 2011 02:42 AM

          Trader Joes sells it at $3.99 for 1 pound

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          Trader Joe's
          1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

          1. Kirs Jun 1, 2011 12:47 PM

            Quinoa is getting ridiculously expensive these days. I did, however, get a good price on bulk from Whole Foods a couple weeks ago. It does go on sale on occasion and is quite reasonable (I can't remember the exact price I paid- but it was way less than buying it prepackaged.)

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            1. re: Kirs
              fesenjan Jun 1, 2011 06:31 PM

              I also buy it at Whole Foods in bulk, and I've also seen it (hit or miss) at Ocean State Job Lot for a low price.

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                galleygirl Jun 1, 2011 06:56 PM

                Last time I bought it at WF, their 1 lb. packages, in plastic bags, house-brand, were actually cheaper than bulk.

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                mc 11 Jun 2, 2011 04:59 PM

                ocean state job lot has Roland Quinoa $3.00 for 12 oz.

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