When you shop Bulk Foods at any of the six markets that make up the Town & Country Market family—Ballard Market, Town & Country Market Lakemont, Town & Country Market Bainbridge Island, and Central Markets in Shoreline, Mill Creek and Poulsbo—you get to choose the quantity you want, and use less packaging.
They have hundreds of items in their Bulk Foods departments, including organic and whole-food choices. Bulk foods, on average, are much lower in price than packaged goods. Since the foods are constantly rotated for optimum freshness, you can discover new flavors and foods with minimal investment.
They have spices, grains, flours, granolas, snacks, trail mixes, nuts, beans, rice, pasta, and candy. You can even pour your own oils, vinegars, maple syrup, honey and other liquids. You can grind your own nut butters, too, and it doesn’t get much fresher than that!
Clear bins make it easy to select what you want, scoop it into bags in the quantity you need, and mark the tie with the bin number. It’s a great way to try recipes without having to invest in a large quantity of a spice or ingredient you don’t typically have around until you know if you like the recipe!
Significant savings can be realized when it comes to buying spices in bulk. For example, a particular dried herb is available in a .75-ounce jar on the grocery aisle, for $5.89. But at $14.49 a pound, the same amount of the same herb costs about 70 cents in Bulk Foods. If you only need a tablespoon, then just buy a tablespoon!
Herbs and spices are available in many forms: powdered, full leaf, mixes, and blends. Offerings include organic, fair trade, and fresh choices from around the world. You can choose to buy a pinch (they have bags in a variety of sizes) or a pre-packed pound (10% discount on many of those).
Town & Country’s suppliers offer full disclosure of all ingredients. One of those suppliers is Frontier Natural Products Co-Op, a 30-year-old business that is committed to sustainability for the environment and communities. Another is Aunt Patty’s Spices, a Pacific Northwest business based in Eugene, OR, that has strict purity and taste standards and always uses organic and all-natural ingredients. They also work with Market Spice Herbs, a Pike Place Market presence since 1911.
The granola, snack and trail mixes include Pacific Northwest-produced peanut-free, preservative-free, GMO-free, and artificial sweetener-free, fresh, handmade choices.
Grind your own almond butter or peanut butter right in the market so you always get the consistency and quantity that you want. Or grab a pre-packed, freshly ground container.
The peanuts are roasted in Kingston by CB’s Nuts, a small, family-owned business that roasts organic and conventional peanuts, pistachios, and other nuts. To coax out the flavor potential of each and every nut, the nuts are brined and then roasted in small batches in a custom-made barrel roaster.
The nuts and seeds in their Bulk Foods area come in a multitude of styles: roasted, salted, roasted and salted, raw, candied, shelled, in-shell roasted, in-shell raw, in-shell roasted and salted, ground, organic, slivered, sliced, diced, whole, pieces, halves, and mixed.
If you only bake cakes, cookies, muffins, or bread once in a blue moon, why buy five-pound bags of flour or sugar when you can get exactly the amount you need in Bulk Foods? Saves you from having to store all that food, too!
You can bring your own bottles, jars and containers to refill—just ask a Bulk Foods clerk or checker for a “tare weight.” They’ll weigh your empty container and mark the weight on it so it can be deducted from the total weight when you check out. The container must be clean.
For Town & Country’s handy guide on how to shop bulk for the best results, click here!