One of my favorite places to shop at this time of the year is a place called We Are Nuts. Open from October to early January, it's a great place to stock up on holiday baking nuts and foodie gift items. (I like making large batches of homemade granola with walnuts and almonds, pumpkin pies with pecans, spicy mixed nuts and hazelnut spread to have during the holidays or to give away as gifts.)
It's not a large place - only about 5-6 aisles, but it's jam-packed with product. You have to walk through several times so you don't miss anything.
Let's see... for my first trip of the season I stocked up on shelled sunflower seeds, raw peanuts, whole cashews, pine nuts, whole almonds, pecan baking pieces, walnuts, mixed nuts. Also dark chocolate espresso beans and candied ginger.
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Yes, they sell every kind of nut you can think of, but they also have other baking supplies - candied ginger, raisins, dried fruit, baking soda, spices, bulk chocolate, and honey. One of their specialty items is a Gourmet Berry Blend. Cranberries, blueberries and WHOLE cherries in this mix.
They also have several aisles of canned goods, storage containers, snacks, spices, jars of pickles, olives and artichokes. They have a freezer case with some meat and dairy items, and I've also found some gluten free things as well, including some frozen pizzas. And there's always something new.
My sister-in-law told me about We Are Nuts a few years ago, but they've actually been in business for 27 years. You can read all about their history on their website http://www.wearenutsmn.com/about/our-story. Long story short, they are a family-owned business that started selling to 3M employees and they did so well, they decided to expand.
Finding the store is a little tricky but not impossible. In St. Paul if you go to the corner of University and Cretin, (green line) go north (at that point the street turns into Vandalia). Keep going north for several blocks until you think you've gone too far, and then on the left, in the middle of the warehouse area, you'll see their sign.
I talked to some of the employees, and they said that for next year they might move to a different location because they are running out of space.
If you go after Christmas, they reduce their prices even further, 10% each day or so, while supplies last.
What a great business. Friendly people. Great products. Nutty prices.
I don't mind sounding like a commercial on my own blog because they deserve the press. Besides, Mom would be proud. And she'd probably be over there more than I am.
931 Vandalia Street, St. Paul, MN 55114
Mon, Tues, Wed 8AM to 5PM
Thurs 8AM to 7PM
Fri 8AM to 5PM
Sat 8AM to 2PM
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You can also order online.