Our federal tax check had come so not only did we have gas money ($3.38 per gal.) and had spending money. Did I mention that there was no teenagers in the back seat ?
First stop was @ the Genesee Valley Regional Market out in Henrietta, New York a burb of Rochester. It's warehouses with loading docks. No frills bulk & specialty shopping at it's best. You have to know your price points if an item can be a better deal @ a retail store on sale with coupons, but we were here for items to stock our primarily scratch cooking pantry. Items that are hard to find @ Tops or Wegmans. More long term storage staples.
First store that we visited was Nibblack Foods a primarily dry goods store that stocks an unbelieveable amount of spices & extracts along with flours. The store itself is about 500 or 600 sq. ft. with shopping isles made up of heavy duty green metal shelving ten feet high. On this Saturday afternoon the store was staffed by two very helpful & knowledgeable women. We spent over an hour shopping ... well I actually shopped, Woods stood drooling in the hot sauce section followed by canoodling with the woman who was handing out sauce samples. He's a Dutchman with a hispanic tongue.
We also went across the lot to Lori's Natural Foods Center an organic grocery store. Another place on our "been meaning to visit" list. Bought 49 cents worth of organic lentils for an upcoming new recipe, a couple pounds of raw buckwheat groats for grinding (buckwheat pancakes !) & Colloidal Silver (working on alternative health care). Oh bottle of H2O my blood sugar was up extremely parched.
Next we headed in to Palmer's Market, meat, poultry, & seafood. Apprently we were on a time table as the bulk food section of their biz closes @ 1600. Was hoping to score whole fat powdered milk. If it was economical enough then everyday use if not as an emergency back up when there is no fresh milk for drinking.
Bought 5 log rolls of 80% lean ground beef & 5 log rolls of pork sausage which were a buck a piece.
Haven't tried the sausage yet but the ground beef was good. Should have bought more.
~~ pelenaka ~~