Monday, September 12, 2011

By The Pound

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that summer was racing to a close and, even though we had done some very summery activities like the waterpark, the Alpena trip, the bus ride, Camp Create, and berry-picking, there was still one field trip that remained on my Summer List.

In my quest to reduce our trash and recyclables, I had come across the recommendation of a little mom-and-pop bulk store called By The Pound. It's in the next town over, not particularly on the way to anything in my day to day, so I really had to make a point to get over there.

But it was worth it.

I took my own jars and it didn't even cause me to earn myself a nickname.

They had lots of flours, nuts, beans, teas, snacky things, spices, oats, mushrooms, dried fruit, and some other stuff that I'm forgetting. The owner helped me navigate the scale.

Because I was just checking out the place, I didn't do any earnest shopping. But I came home with some fun treats just the same.

For the kids: some pretzels and chocolate covered peanuts.
For our home state: some Michigan dried cherries.
For me: some falafel mix.

It looked so pretty in the glass jars that for a brief moment I contemplated tearing the doors off my kitchen cupboards and going bulk for absolutely everything. Just to see it in jars.


But I'm definitely headed back to By The Pound. On the list is oats, nuts, barley, lentils.


  1. Do they have locally grown/made bulk items like flour, etc? It sounds like an awesome store!!

  2. HI Arika, Yes, they do have some Michigan items, not a ton. They carry several Westwind goods (flours, cornmeal, etc), a few beans, and dried blueberries and cherries. It's definitely worth a fieldtrip out there :)

  3. Just discovered this place. definitely like it, they have good prices that beat grocery store prices for flours, sugars... at least for me. The owner seemed willing to give additional discounts or match discounts on things in cases, depending.