Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sauder's Store

 Sauder's is a Mennonite-owned dry-goods/meat/lots of other things store outside of Seneca Falls, about a 55-minute drive from Rochester.  The variety of products is incredible--every kind of flour you can think of, spices, grains, home-style candies, baking necessities (soda, yeast, cocoa, brown sugar, etc.)--all neatly bagged in different sizes and on the shelf. They also have a deli (I'm not a meat connoisseur, but apparently you can get German specialty meat that is hard to find), inexpensive cheeses, fruit preserves, home-made syrups...the list goes on! 

Here's my best price summary: their big bulk items (50 lb bags of sugar, beans, etc) can generally be found for less at other places (Aldi, LDS Storehouse),  but Sauder's prices for baking supplies are hard to beat (and they sell them in hard-to-find quantities). 

Even aside from all practical matters, Sauder's is a very fun place to visit.  The distance is a drawback, but it's one exit away from the Waterloo Factory Outlet Stores, so you could definitely make a day of it (the flour picture is just a random one I found online, but Sauder's is so great I thought it deserved a graphic). 

3 comments:

esodhiambo said...

Lantz's in Warsaw NY is similar, just in a different direction. I think the best buys at these Mennonite stores is the spices. Lantz's has fantastic baked goods and plan to eat at their little deli for lunch--it's fantastic and cheap.

The area at Saunders I found most fascinating was the bookstore corner. Lots of chaste (I'm sure) Amish romance novels.

gillian said...

That's funny...I didn't notice the Amish romance novels at Sauders, but they used to have a rack of them at a grocery store we went to in Washington, and I always had a strange urge to buy one but never did. Now I still can....

Rachel Howell said...

What type of Baking goods did you find there? It sounds like a fun excursion. Thanks I will go try it out.