Like many co-ops, Weavers Way began as a buying club, with members realizing savings by dividing up cases of fruits, vegetables and other products. That economy is still at the heart of what we do, but nowhere is it more evident than in our bulk department.
The second floor of the Mt. Airy store houses our bulk department, which is one of the largest bulk departments in Philadelphia. There are nearly 700 square feet of food products, cleaning supplies and more. We carry locally roasted coffees and as well as medicinal, healthy teas, like rooibos and green, and "afternoon" style teas. There are many varieties of granolas, grains, beans, and bulk pasta to choose from, not to mention the harder-to-find items such as dried black trumpet, crimini and shiitake mushrooms, and chipotle, habanero and ancho chiles. We also carry a great selection of chocolates and all natural candies. Several types of oils, vinegars and liquid salts, such shoyu and tamari, are available too.
We encourage shoppers to bring their own containers in which to package their items; this cuts down on our costs and disposable plastic use considerably. When you bring your own container, be sure to “tare” it, so you don’t pay for the weight of the container. By re-using that same container, you only have to do this once. In addition, please write the item number that’s on the bin on your container or bag or twist tie so our cashier can look up the item when you check out. If you forget your container we’ll have a selection of bottles and bags available both for one-time use and to purchase, suitable for re-filling.
Bulk is a great way to sample small amounts of items you'd like to try with little commitment. And because you buy only the amount of items that you need, it helps reduce food waste, too. We are always expanding our product line, so please let us know if there is an item that you would like us to carry.