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Stringtown Grocery

Make a trip to the Stringtown Grocery.

The Stringtown Grocery in Kalona, Iowa has no web page. When I posted about it on my blog, it became one of the most frequent hits from search engines looking for the address, hours of operation and other information about the store. As a public service, I created a page for the store.

Why should people in Iowa City care about Stringtown Grocery? It is a small, retail store that specializes in bulk foods and local items... and in keeping the cost low. An occasional trip to Stringtown is a way of getting out in the country side and who doesn't need that from time to time?

From seeds and onion sets in the spring to locally harvested apples in the fall, the produce follows the season and helps us appreciate the cycles of nature.

The store carries items you might not normally think of, like dried chervil for soups and a number of different kinds of wheat flour. My favorite is bulk oatmeal for  making granola, but they also sell ready to eat granola at a premium price.

There is a host of locally produced items available, from the typical fare of pies and pastry, to canned goods like apple butter and preserves, to hand-made noodles and pasta.The shelves reflect the industry of the community.

So get away for the supermarkets for a change and get the full Iowa City experience by making a trip to Kalona and the Stringtown Grocery.

Here is their address and hours:

Stringtown Grocery

2266 540th Street, Kalona, Iowa

Hours of Operation

Closed Sunday and Tuesday.

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

SAT – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

~Paul Deaton is a native Iowan and regular contributor to Patch.com. He lives in rural Iowa. E-mail Paul Deaton here.

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Carlos C. Parscal June 22, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Been to Stringtown many times, I find things I never heard of and things you can't find anywhere else.
sharon September 05, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I have been here once when on vacation this past summer, loved it and it will now be one of the "have to go to" when in that area of Iowa.
Maria Houser Conzemius December 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Stringtown Grocery used to sell black boots and black baby shoes, years ago. I loved the prices, especially when I had small children and was in grad school.
Ronnie Wright December 19, 2012 at 07:41 AM
Black rubber overshoes can be found "next door" at the Central Discount, also owned by same Amish family. For other wares and clothing, drive to the Country Store on Orange Avenue (one mile north of Kalona, on gravel road). Red Wing boots, leather gloves, socks, pans, cheese, etc. Basically a general store for Amish (and English too).
Maria Houser Conzemius December 31, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Ronnie Wright, yes. I think I was getting Stringtown Grocery and Central Discount confused. I've been to both stores and really like them. Bring CASH when you go to Kalona. It's hard to find stores that take checks or credit cards, although it's easier now than it used to be.
Mary S. February 12, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Does this store and others they own near by support their church?
Ronnie Wright February 12, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Not sure whether you mean "does the church use this store as a revenue-stream" or "do the owners of the store contribute to/support their church." It is not a church-affiliated venue. Perhaps you are thinking of "Crowded Closet," the second-hand store in Iowa City that is run by the Mennonite Church. The staff is all volunteer and all sales go to support Mennonite Relief programs in countries around the world.
Madison March 16, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Central Discount Grocery Store's hours (right next to Stringtown Grocery Store): MW: 8 A.M. - 5 P.M. Saturday: 8 A.M. - 3 P.M. Closed Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays

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