Whenever we visit Dylan’s parents, who live in the San Diego area, a trip to Henry’s is foremost on our itinerary. Henry’s, a family chain which was acquired by Wild Oats in 1999, calls itself a “farmer’s market store” and in many ways the description is apt. It has a sizeable, cheap produce section, friendly service, and a homey atmosphere. But what really keeps us going back is the bulk foods section, an amazing array of grains, rices, flours, nuts, granolas, and dried fruits. Okay, there’s a large bulk candy section, too, including treats like chocolate covered honeycomb, but we try to avoid that section lest temptation get the best of us.
Some of our loot from our most recent visit last weekend is pictured above. We replenished our supplies of arborio rice, jasmine rice, cocoa powder, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and rolled oats, all for much cheaper than you could possibly find at Whole Foods, Wild Oats, or other similar competitors. I was disappointed not to find Israeli couscous and kasha in stock this time, but unless you’re looking for a really obscure grain or flour, Henry’s is likely to carry it.
It’s also worth looking at the fruit in the spring and summer…they have amazing sales on peaches, nectarines, plums, etc…we stocked up last year and used the fruit to make jam for wedding favors. Even this past weekend there was a 2 lbs. for $.99 sale on lovely Braeburn apples. But I should stop, for fear of sounding like an advertisement for the store.
Apparently there are 28 Henry’s now, mostly in Southern California, so check the website to see if there’s one near you.