I have a dream - a dream to own my own bulk food store one day. Yes, it's a little bit quirky, a little bit strange, but it also has been on my brain for the last 6 years. I'm pretty sure it stems from two things:
(1) A love of buying in bulk - how I miss the Bulk Store (Canada only?), Tara Natural Foods in Kingston, ON and First Alternative in Corvallis, OR. It's so very practical, thrifty, and seems less wasteful (especially when you just need a cup or two of something - like flour - for a new recipe).
(2) My experience packing food for my canoe trips from "The Commissary" at the Boy Scout base - pretty much a huge room of bins, buckets and shelves with pastas, rice, baking mixes, trail mixes, spices, dehydrated fruits & veggies, granolas, etc. How wonderfully simple!
And so it came to me that my love of both buying in bulk and the outdoors & outdoor cooking could be combined into a wonderfully earthy, wholesome, and satisfying retail experience! Even though this isn't the right time (both for me and the economy) to undertake such a venture, it is simmering on the back burner and smelling better and better as time goes on and the daydreams become more vivid.
Check out my bulk store inspiration - gleaned off the net - below. I might be crazy, but I can picture rows of flours, baking mixes, cereals, sugars, dried eggs and dairy and meats (perfect for camping!), dressing & sauce mixes, nuts, spices, seasonings, drink mixes, syrups and honey and nut butters, and even pre-packaged meals for backpacking or other treks... I can almost taste it - and it tastes like a dream come true.