Where to shop for bulk, package-free, zero waste foods in Minnesota: a state-by-state grocery store guide | Litterless


-Harmony Co-op: Stocks grains, flours (including a certified gluten-free section), beans, nuts, dried fruits, spices, coffee, snacks and sweets, liquids, and freshly ground peanut butter.


-Valley Natural Foods: Has a bulk department that sells rice, grains, flours, pasta, and snacks as well as liquid sweeteners, cooking oils, and even liquid soap.


-Whole Foods Co-op: Different from the Whole Foods Market stores, this local business offers bulk dry pantry staples staples, peanut butter, cooking oils, liquid soap, shampoo, and even kombucha on tap! Bring your own containers to one of their locations and stock up.

Grand Marais

-Cook County Co-op: Lone of the steps of shopping in bulk as "High Five with another bulk shopper – because you guys are THAT cool." Love 'em. Bring your own containers here to shop for dry pantry staples such as grains, beans, legumes, nuts, herbs, and spices.


-Spiral Natural Foods: Offers dry bulk goods such as grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, baking supplies, herbs, spices, and teas.


-Cub Foods: A good selection of bulk beans and grains.
-Eastside Food Co-op: You can bring your own container to purchase bulk flours, nuts, granolas, snacks, grains, beans, pastas, and coffee.
-The Foundry Home Goods: At this beautiful lifestyle store, you can stock up on refillable hand soap, laundry soap, and all-purpose cleaner, purchase compostable wooden brushes for cleaning, package-free candles, wooden kids' toys, and much more for your simple, sustainable home.
-Linden Hills Co-op: Has one of the biggest selections around, featuring dry goods, tea, coffee, cooking oils, syrup, honey, nutritional supplements, and home and personal cleaning products.
-Seward Community Co-op: A great resource where you can fill containers brought from home with pantry staples, fair trade coffee, loose leaf tea, dried fruit, soap (liquid soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, and dishwasher detergent!), liquid sweetener (agave, molasses, honey), soy sauce, and several different types of cooking oils. You can take a look at their full list of bulk products here. They currently have two locations.
-Wedge Community Co-op: Sells bulk dry goods, herbs, teas, coffee, freshly ground nut butters, maple syrup, and honey.


-Lakewinds Food Co-op: Stock up on bulk herbs and spices, grains, beans, flour, pasta, granola, nuts, sweeteners, bran, flax, and yeast, as well as liquid bulk items such as oils, syrup, honey and vinegar. They also have bulk lotion, castile soap, cleaning supplies, package-free bar soap, and shampoo and conditioner. Additionally, they carry an array of zero waste supplies: glass jars, cloth produce bags, stainless steel food storage tins, and other containers. Visit one of their three locations in the Minnetonka area.


-Pomme de Terre Foods: A small but mighty bulk foods section featuring grains, baking staples such as flour and sugar, nuts, and spices.


-Just Food Co-op: Has got you covered with their bulk coffee, spices, teas, beans, grains, snacks, seeds, nuts, mixes, flours, and sugars.


-People's Food Co-op: Choose from many different bulk items, from pantry staples (beans, grains, nuts, pasta, and more) to liquids (molasses, tahini, vanilla extract, olive oil, tamari, peanut butter, and more) to products that are harder to find, as seeds for sprouting and planting! You can peruse their full list of bulk products here.


-Fresh and Natural Foods: Pick up bulk dry goods like grains, beans, flours, nuts, trail mix, snacks, and more.

St. Cloud

-Good Earth Food Co-operative: Features bulk grains, flours, beans, rice, pasta, granola, nuts, seeds, snacks, dried fruit, candy, coffee, tea, herbs, spices, nut butter, local maple syrup, local honey, molasses, and cooking oils, like a locally made sunflower seed oil. They also offer bulk soaps, shampoos, bath products, and household cleaners.


-River Market Community Co-op: You can find rice, flours, nuts, teas, coffee, peanut butter, beans, grains, spices, herbs, popcorn, dry soup mixes and more!

St. Joseph

-Minnesota Street Market: Pantry staples such as grains, beans, and baking supplies - even locally milled flours!

St. Peter

-St. Peter Food Co-op: Encourages customers to bring their own containers, and sells tea, grains, baking supplies, pasta, chocolate, and more.

St. Paul

-Hampden Park Food Cooperative: This small but mighty grocery store offers package-free pantry staples (grains, beans, flours and baking supplies, nuts, seeds, snacks), specialty food items (chia seeds, bee pollen, spelt flour, etc.), chocolate chips, herbs, spices, tea, coffee, and even oils, soy sauce, and vinegars. Package-free and bulk soap options are available, as is a wide selection of package-free produce.
-Mississippi Market: At their three locations, find grains, rice, beans, pasta, nuts, coffee, tea, spices, granola, dried fruits, candy, and even liquid bulk items like maple syrup, honey, cooking oil, soaps, shampoos and laundry detergent. At their West Seventh location, you can also find fresh bulk peanut and nut butter.


-Natural Harvest Food Co-op: At this spot in Virginia, Minnesota, order whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, dried fruits, trail mix, granola, herbs, spices, vanilla extract, coffee, tea, freshly ground nut butters, and more.

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