Costco: I am not a Costco member because the closest Costco is still an hour's drive for me, so I don't go there very often, but I do like the company. They seem to operate much more ethically than Sam's Club and Walmart. They don't always have every item that I have bought there on previous trips -- it can be hit or miss, and I do need to pay attention to where items are from -- some of their organics are from China -- which I won't buy. But every so often friends make it possible for me to shop there and then I stock up on the following:
Organic Carrots, 10 lb bag is about 6 dollars
Frozen organic green beans 5 lb bag 6.69 dollars
Frozen organic sweet corn 5 lb bag about dollars
Frozen organic peas 5 lb bag is 6.39 dollars
Organic Chia Seeds 2 lb bag 8.79
Organic Short Grain Rice 12 lb bag 13.99
Raw Walnuts 3 lb bag 12.99
Organic Quinoa 4 lb bag 11.99
Organic Maple Syrup 1 quart about 13.00
Organic Lemon Juice 2 quart package 7.89
Green Tea from Japan 100 tea bags is 11.99
Namaste Gluten-free flour blend 5 lb bag 8.99
Checkers Grocery Store: This is a locally owned non-chain large grocery store. They do an amazing job of selling foods from smaller and sometimes local food producers, and often pass on great savings to their customers on fresh produce. The great deals are always different. A few days ago, they had incredibly sweet, large, red, juicy grapefruits for 25 cents each! A few weeks ago, I got delicious Pink Lady Apples for a dollar a pound. I usually find red cabbage for about 70 cents a pound too.
Natural Grocers: This is where I buy organic potatoes, lettuces and greens. They typically have raw cashew peices for about 5-6 dollars a pound and this is also THE source for my very favorite tofu -- Wild Wood Organic Super Firm Tofu, which I prefer over other available tofu, ever since finding out that some tofu is manufactured in PLASTIC VESSELS. (BPA/BPS anyone?) I called Wildwood and they told me that when the hot soy milk is being coagulated, this is done in STAINLESS STEEL containers. It also is a GREAT price -- just 3.19 for a 20 oz block of the firmest tofu I have ever found.
Azure Standard out of Oregon (via a local buying group) does have tax and delivery charges on top of these prices, but it allows me to get:
tricolored organic popcorn 25 lb bag for 38.00
1 lb of onion powder for 5.30
5 lbs of cashew pieces for 22.00
5 lbs of whole raw golden flax seeds, for 12.00
Mori Nu silken firm organic 12 x 12.3 oz for 17.00
15 pounds of pitted dates for 38.00
Dillions Grocery store on 6th and Lawrence Avenue. Has great tasting purified water (RO and UV treated) for 40 cents a gallon some well priced fresh organic produce and an amazing selection of packaged gluten-free vegan convenience items.
HyVee on 6th street is the only place in town that I know of that carries ALL FOUR varieties of Daiya Cheesecakes-- and right now they are on sale for under six dollars each -- if you are looking for something sweet and easy to take to an event -- this is what I recommend -- it really impresses people -- including those who think something dairy and gluten free couldn't possibly satisfy them.
There are a variety of internet options for buying things like sorghum flour, buckwheat flour, xanthan gum, guar gum, agar powder, organic corn starch, sea vegetables, vitamin B-12, and one pound bags of herbs and seasonings, and personal care items. In general there is no shipping and no tax, when you order at least 50 dollars of stuff, but special deals and shipping times vary quite a bit. Here are some to check out:
Sprouts Farmers Market, Sometimes has terrific bargains on specific items (I once got the largest sweetest mangos I've ever tasted for 25 cents a pound!) but overall I find their prices higher than most other places and when I have requested that they get products I wanted, (like Daiya Cheesecakes) they were the least responsive retailer I have ever attempted to deal with, so I don't shop there too often.
If you know of some good deals that others might be interested in -- feel free to post them as comments here.