The Locavore Challenge – Local Dried Beans

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September 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

@ChicagoZilla asks on Twitter, “who knows a hook up for locally grown/organicish dried beans/legumes? Oh Please Oh Please!”  It is a please-please question because local, dried beans, can be a challenge to obtain.  We do, of course, have ideas.

One of the few (if any!) farms that sells dried beans is Three Sisters Garden, who can be found at Green City Market.  As far as we know, the only beans they sell dried are black beans.  In past years, Green City Market has also brought in other sources for dried beans during the Locavore Challenge, but we have not seen any reports of that this year. 

We know you can get local beans via Irv and Shelly’s Freshpicks.

We hate to say this, but our favorite source for locally grown, dried beans is all the way in Ann Arbor Michigan.   A good selection of Michigan beans can be found at the Sparrow Market just around the bend from Zingermans (making it a very productive roadtrip!).  We also think you can find dried beans at the Dane County Farmer’s Market in Madison, but we are slightly less confident in that recommendation.

If anyone else has sources for locally grown dried beans, let us know.

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One Comment

  1. Wendy Aeschlimann says:

    Michigan is second only to North Dakota in producing dried beans, so finding local dried beans *should* be a cinch.

    Here is a link to the Michigan Bean Commission — http://www.michiganbean.org/. Perhaps contacting them directly might lead to some places to purchase.

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