So, now that I’ve told you what wheat berries are and how to store them, how to grind them into flour, and why you should have them, I should probably back track a little and talk about where you can find wheat for sale.
It has only been a few months since I myself learned about wheat berries. Before then, I’d never even heard of such a thing. I had no idea how we got our flour, or that I could grind my own at home for that matter. And if I hadn’t had friends to point me in the right direction, I would not have known where to find wheat to stock my cabinets with.
Rest assured. Even though you may have never noticed, you probably have a source of wheat nearby. If not, the internet will be your best friend.
You have a few options to get you on your way. Here are some places to scout out for wheat:
Feed Mills– If you live in a rural area, chances are there may be an old mill somewhere nearby. If you don’t have any farm animals, you may have never even noticed it before, though it’s been there for a century. Finding wheat at a mill is going to be one of the cheapest options, though selection will be very limited. They will probably only carry whatever type of wheat grows locally.
Our mill only carries soft white wheat (pastry wheat). I cannot make a loaf of bread with only this type of wheat, so I had to find a source for hard wheat as well. If you find a mill to buy wheat from, you’ll need buckets with lids to store the berries in so that bugs do not spoil your purchase.
An Amish or Mennonite Store– Amish and Mennonite communities are nestled all over the US countryside. You may have one in your own town and not even know it if you’ve never looked. These stores will most likely have wheat berries for sale, and the kind people will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
A Mormon or LDS Cannery– If you have a cannery in your area, you’ll be able to find wheat at a good price. You may have to be a church member, or know somebody who is in order to get in. I think they all work differently. We found a cannery about a half an hour from our house, and they were happy to let us shop their warehouse at wholesale prices.
Whole Foods or other Natural Foods Stores– Although these stores will carry wheat berries, they will be the most expensive option. Not a practical choice for large purchases of wheat.
Costco- If you have a membership, Costco.com has cans of wheat available for purchase, though they are quite pricey compared with local and other online resources.
Purchasing Online– This may be your best option! After searching everywhere in my area for wheat berries, I finally decided upon ordering my hard white and hard red wheat from an online source. The local mill carries the soft white wheat I wanted, but the only place locally I could find hard wheat was in the Amish community. After calculating the driving expense, the buckets and oxygen packets I’d need for storage, plus the cost of the wheat, I came to the conclusion that ordering off of the internet was my best option.
The two places I have ordered wheat from and have been extremely happy with are Shelf Reliance and Emergency Essentials. What I love about ordering from both of these retailers is that the wheat comes already packed in food grade buckets, sealed in a mylar bag with oxygen absorbers for long term storage.
The buckets from Shelf Reliance actually come with a gamma seal lid as well- LOVE THEM- super easy to open and close. Buckets of wheat from Shelf Reliance are a little more expensive than Emergency Essentials, but they do come with the gamma lid (which EE sells for an additional $7.50), and the wheat from Shelf Reliance is non-GMO!
After shipping expenses, the full 6 gallon SuperPails of wheat only cost a couple more dollars per bucket than what I could find locally. The time and effort saved was worth the extra little bit of money to me.
There are many places to find wheat berries, so get out there and start looking! Grinding your own flour is healthier, cheaper, and just plain tastier!
Do you have a favorite place for purchasing wheat? Let us know where you find wheat berries for a great deal!