If you live in the Mesa, AZ area you MUST try Alpine Valley Bakery! This outlet supplies breads and other baked goods for stores such as AJ's Fine Foods, Sprouts, and Sunflower. At any of these locations you will pay around $3.59 for a loaf of bread. At the outlet I can pay as little as 50 cents for the same loaf.
Today I picked up 7 loaves of bread (thank goodness for the freezer Daniel purchased when we replaced our refrigerator), a package of hamburger buns, 2 loaves of dessert bread (one pumpkin and one lemon poppy pound cake), AND two loaves of sugar-free blueberry loaf cake. What did I pay? A grand total of $10! I don't know about you, but that spells a GREAT deal to me!
The bakery uses quality ingredients, and even their white bread feels nice and heavy and is not a big ball of sugar. The normal breads I've looked at don't have any added sugars, though there is in the dessert breads. That is to be expected.
The only downfall I've found is the hours of the bakery. Thank goodness for school breaks. They are only open Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 2:30 PM. This makes buying bread difficult for anyone on a standard work schedule, but I do take advantage of my freezer when I have days off. And, I take advantage of my mom and dad also shopping at the same bakery as well! I can ask them to pick me up a few loaves if I am running low and don't have a day off coming up.
Here is the link for anyone interested in going:
When I went to actual bakery's website I found out they will do gift baskets, too. Of course, you wouldn't get the "day old" pricing like at the outlet, but this would make a fantastic gift for a loved one. If you do food gifts, they should be good quality and as healthy as possible.
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