IMG_1632 (2)Rising Tide began in the early 1970s as a bulk buying club. Over forty years later our bulk section remains an integral part Rising Tide’s retail identity. It features everything from flour and dry beans to apple cider vinegar and almonds and includes many Maine-made products like granola and other snacks from GrandyOats, maple syrup from Strawberry Hill Farms, and chai tea from Chai Wallahs.

We love bulk because it allows us to buy at a lower cost, passing on the discount to our shoppers. Our Member-Owners and customers enjoy the opportunity to buy their snacks, spices, and staples by the pinch or by the pound and appreciate the chance to cut down on packaging and plastic use.

New to bulk buying?

  • If you choose to bring your own container, please weigh it before you fill it. We have scales, stickers, and pens available for you to use. Feel unsure? Ask a Rising Tide staff member! We’re happy to help. We also have free plastic and paper bags on hand; and glass jars and cotton bags available for purchase.
  • One you’ve filled up your container, record the PLU (the five digit number located on the product sign) on to a sticker. Our cashiers will do the rest!

Our Maine-Based Suppliers:

Oyster Creek Mushroom Company – Damariscotta
Strawberry Hill Farms maple – Skowhegan
Chai Wallahs tea – Blue Hill
Maine Coast Sea Vegetables – Hancock
GrandyOats granola – Brownfield
Wicked Joe coffee – Topsham
44 North coffee – Deer Isle
Coffee by Design – Portland
Crown of Maine grains and dry beans (buying cooperative) – North Vassalboro
3 Rivers Farm dry beans – Milo

Additional Resources:

In the Bulk Section
History of Co-ops
Bins of Beans and Why My Co-op Matters to Me

Interested in learning more about other Maine-made products we carry? Check out our interactive Maine Suppliers Map!

Are there other local products you want to see on our shelves? Let us know!

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