What does 2/10lb or 6/32oz mean?

The first number is the case count and the second is the individual weight. In this example, a case would be two 10 lb bags or six 32oz quarts of product.

Why is there no shipping quote on certain items?

You may see that certain items like our deli offerings and beverages in glass bottles, offer Local Pickup only in the shipping quote calculator. These items are deemed too fragile or perishable to ship. We do not have a dry ice agreement in place with UPS nor the logistics to handle shipping these items. Our apologies in advance for the inconvenience.

Products in recyclable bottles cannot ship to the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Vermont.

Do you accept returns?

Unfortunately the co-op cannot personally sample/vouch for taste or be an experts on each of the thousands of products we have available. It’s been our experience that all the products carried by The Grain Mill are as good, if not better quality than top retail brands. Please make sure that you’ve done due diligence regarding the type of food and storage requirements for your purchase.

All sales are final unless there is an issue with the quality of the product. If there is an issue, please contact us within 14 days. You will receive an RMA number and return label. Once we receive the product, you will be issued a full refund via the payment method you used.

How does local pickup work?

When you check out, please choose Local Pickup as your shipping option. During checkout, you will be asked to specify which pickup location you prefer; NC or PA.

Myerstown, PA Warehouse Pickup: Our warehouse hours are 7:30 – 4:30, Mon – Fri. All warehouse pickups must be prepaid. There is no retail center, only a pickup dock, at the PA warehouse. Orders are available 4 hours after you receive the email that we have received your order and are in the process of picking it.

Wake Forest, NC Cooperative Pickup: Members and customers place their orders online, in-store, or via phone at (919) 526-4573, during the week. Once the cooperative order hits $800 in value,which occurs every 2-3 weeks, it is placed with the warehouse on Friday at lunchtime. A running tally will be kept here to assist. To check your order status, please log in to your account here.


When the cooperative order is placed, it’s loaded onto an 18-wheeler horse and buggy and delivered to the co-op location Wednesday or Thursday the following week. We will then send you an email, or call you, to let you know that your order is ready for pick up. Our self service pickup is available 9am – 9pm Mon-Fri. If you require assistance loading your order, please email david@grainmill.coop to coordinate a pick up time after 4pm.

On occasion an item will go on backorder with the warehouse after you have placed your local pickup order, but before the cooperative order is placed. We will contact you if this happens, and will attempt the item on the next cooperative order. We try to keep the website updated regularly so that this doesn’t occur often, but it will happen from time to time.

Can you ship on my UPS account?

Yes. Please choose include your six-digit UPS account number in the optional order notes field on the name and address page of checkout.

Why is UPS so expensive?

2020 UPDATE: All the major carriers have lowered their overweight package threshold from 70 lb to 50 lb. Many of our items come in 50 lb bags, and when you add the weight of the packaging, brings the shipment to 52 lbs; just over that limit. UPS Made a small consolation by offering a 25% discount on the overweight fees, but it’s still a more expensive proposition than it was in 2019.

UPS charges based on weight, distance, and size. Our shipments come from our PA warehouse. As such, a customer in NY or OH will pay significantly less than a customer in CA or WA. Most of our business is done east of the Mississippi River.

Additionally, UPS may charge based on the space that the package requires in their truck, rather than the actual weight of the product. This is called the dimensional weight. For more information about how dimensional weighting work, please review this page on the UPS website.

Do you offer free or reduced shipping?

Short answer: No.

We could if we increased the price of our products and charged everyone a $119 annual fee.

We only charge our customers and guests the actual cost of freight that UPS charges us to ship. We do not mark up our shipping.

Do you offer samples? Can I split a case?

Unfortunately splitting cases or offering samples would leave us with an amazing amount of unsalable inventory. As such, we are unable to offer those options to our members and customers.

For locals in the Raleigh, NC area, we have a case splitting software available if anyone would like to manage product splitting and distribution. Please email david@grainmill.coop if you’re interested in helping initiate that program.

How long will it take to ship to my location?

Orders typically ship the next business day. Grocery and bulk goods items that have a 6 digit SKU ship from our PA warehouse and botanicals with an 8 digit SKU from CA. Below are the charts for standard ground delivery.

Grocery and bulk dry goods
Health and botanicals

Do I have to be a member to shop?

Our co-op is open to all, members and general public alike.

There are a few benefits that come from joining, including 10% off on case goods and 5% off on in-store purchases. To join the co-op, please see this page.