I have seen Ca nitrate in medium-sized bags (maybe 10 pounds) at stores specifically for gardening (as opposed to big box stores with a garden center). If you have friends that raise orchids, maybe you can split a bag.
Another thing to consider - I talk about using gypsum to provide Ca. Well, plaster of Paris is just gypsum with the water driven off by heat. I have enough pelleted gypsum to last me a while, but next time I run out, I'm just going to use plaster of Paris (note: this is different from "lime plaster"). Plaster of Paris is often sold in boxes or cartons of a few pounds each in hobby stores. I would still dissolve plaster of Paris 1 teaspoon per gallon of water.