HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >

ISO Heirloom Dried Beans or Rancho Gordo Beans in Toronto

To Market To Market Mar 2, 2010 08:53 PM


I was wondering if anyone has seen the delicious looking Rancho Gordo heirloom dried beans anywhere in Toronto? I am kicking myself for not buying some when I was last in the USA!

If not, does anyone know of a source for interesting or heirloom dried beans in the city?


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. l
    lilaki RE: To Market To Market Mar 12, 2010 06:31 AM

    wow - timely post! i too am looking for heirloom beans ...

    has anyone tried to order from rancho gordo??


    4 Replies
    1. re: lilaki
      ehmi RE: lilaki Mar 12, 2010 11:28 AM

      Haven't called yet, but the Rancho Gordo website says:

      Canadian orders:
      call 707/259-1935
      for more information

      Maybe good news?

      1. re: ehmi
        lilaki RE: ehmi Mar 12, 2010 11:43 AM

        just called...products are shipped via UPS ... shipping depends on weight. the person i spoke with said that shipping + duty averages about $5 - 7 per pound.


        1. re: lilaki
          ehmi RE: lilaki Mar 12, 2010 12:12 PM


          Thats some new math I don't want to learn!

          1. re: lilaki
            CookatHomeinLondon RE: lilaki Mar 14, 2010 10:12 AM

            That's because UPS charges a fortune for brokerage fees. See if the company will ship USPS, which generally charges no brokerage.

            As for me, I ship regularly to Port Huron, MI and pick it up myself (an hour drive from London)

      2. l
        lilaki RE: To Market To Market Mar 12, 2010 06:38 AM

        i found this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/482430

        i'm really hoping things may have changed in the last year or so ... :(

        1. jayt90 RE: To Market To Market Mar 12, 2010 05:12 PM

          This thread smacks so much of "the grass is greener on the other side of the fence".
          Beans and peas are well suited to southwestern Ontario growing conditions, and we should be seeking out these varieties from local farmers.
          I am surprised Chowhound has not eliminated these posts because they do not point out good chow now at hand.

          5 Replies
          1. re: jayt90
            Katzen RE: jayt90 Mar 14, 2010 09:51 AM

            Check out http://www.frontdoororganics.com/Groc... - they are a fantastic organic company (I've been getting my organics from them for a year now), and they carry local heirloom dried beans.

            1. re: Katzen
              lilaki RE: Katzen Mar 15, 2010 06:44 AM

              great - thanks, katzen. i'll look into FDO.

              1. re: lilaki
                Hmm RE: lilaki Mar 15, 2010 06:53 AM

                FDO looks cool but is there any way of getting beans from them w/o a monthly subscription?!

                1. re: Hmm
                  lilaki RE: Hmm Mar 15, 2010 07:36 AM

                  i just called ... any orders must be accompanied with a fresh box - even if it's just a one time order of produce. i'm already getting my veggies from another delivery company so i don't want to double up right now.

            2. re: jayt90
              CookatHomeinLondon RE: jayt90 Mar 14, 2010 10:31 AM

              Not sure the thread smacks of anything other than chowhounders trying to help one another find sources for heirloom dried beans. I live in SW Ontario, and while conditions are great fir growing beans, most farmers grow soy beans as a cash crop and the focus of most of the farm industry is on quantity over quality. So I appreciate the suggestions and questions in this thread -- Katzen made a nice one for those in Toronto.

              Why shouldn't the OP kick him/herself for not getting a great product while he/she was stateside? One reason I love to travel is to sample and bring back exciting food from around the world. While SW Ontario has a good growing season, the total farmable land here is a tiny fraction of what exists in the U.S., and while most of that land to the south is used to grow the most at the cheapest price, there are still a wealth of quality growers.

              When it comes to finding great food, I think our horizons shouldn't end at the border.

            3. a
              Atahualpa RE: To Market To Market Mar 14, 2010 11:07 PM

              I recently bought small bags of heirloom dried beans from Big Carrot. They had several heirloom varieties available. I bought 'painted pony' beans (see photo – not mine).

              They were not cheap: c. 1 lb for $5-6, if I recall correctly. Very tasty though!

              3 Replies
              1. re: Atahualpa
                lilaki RE: Atahualpa Mar 15, 2010 06:44 AM

                hi atahualpa,

                thanks for the reco for the big carrot ...i've really got to make an effort to get out that way!

                1. re: lilaki
                  To Market To Market RE: lilaki Jul 31, 2010 08:36 PM

                  To reply to the poster who suggested supporting local sources, I almost always do and have still always found interesting heirloom dried beans difficult to find, hence the post for suggestions on where to find some. Atahualpa posted a picture of Jacob's Cattle Beans, which are beautiful and easy to grow in Canada (especially in the Eastern part of Canada), but I wanted something new. If this post should be deleted because I want something from out of the country, than I would imagine a lot of posts would need to be deleted on this board.

                  For those who may be looking for heirloom beans, I have since found some pre-packaged mixed local beans available at the Rowe Farm stores in Toronto, but they are not available by individual bean type.

                  Rowe Farms
                  912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                  1. re: To Market To Market
                    Atahualpa RE: To Market To Market Jul 31, 2010 09:18 PM

                    Just for the record, the photo I posted and the beans I bought were "Painted Pony beans". These are distinct from Jacob's Cattle Beans.



              2. m
                myriam5555 RE: To Market To Market Feb 11, 2011 05:13 PM

                Vendors at the Wychwood Barns market tend to carry several interesting varieties of dried beans grown on their farms.

                1. a
                  afternoonveggiedelight RE: To Market To Market Apr 21, 2014 12:25 PM

                  Just came across these guys recently. I wish they sold their beans without the mixes.


                  I see this thread is several years old and was hoping to find some other local heirloom dried bean sellers here, but it looks like there still isn't much in southern Ontario.

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: afternoonveggiedelight
                    lilaki RE: afternoonveggiedelight Apr 22, 2014 09:29 AM

                    i've seen some heirloom dried beans @ william sonoma ... usually pretty pricey.

                  2. jayt90 RE: To Market To Market Apr 22, 2014 11:14 AM

                    Great Northern white beans are a heritage variety I really like. Creamy and smooth with thin skins.
                    There is no need to import these as they are grown in Ontario.
                    I get 900 grams for $2.50 from Loblaw's PC Blue Label brand.

                    4 Replies
                    1. re: jayt90
                      lilaki RE: jayt90 Apr 23, 2014 09:08 AM

                      great to know! thanks.

                      what do you use the beans in?

                      1. re: lilaki
                        jayt90 RE: lilaki Apr 23, 2014 09:24 AM

                        My bean dishes generally have herbs, garlic, sausage, and leftover lamb or ham added in at the end of cooking. I think these PC beans are fail safe but can't guarantee.

                        1. re: jayt90
                          Sadistick RE: jayt90 Apr 23, 2014 11:45 AM

                          Curious - why at the end of cooking? Especially say, smoked ham.

                          1. re: Sadistick
                            jayt90 RE: Sadistick Apr 23, 2014 01:17 PM

                            It's an old habit, the way I learned to make cassoulet, assembling the parts for a final bake.

                    Show Hidden Posts