Where can I find a wide variety of dried beans in the DC metro area (MD preferably)?
Most places sell dried beans in plastic bag-like containers and they only sell the usual kinds (black, kidney, chick pea, butter). I am looking for loose beans that are more exotic- heirloom, cranberry, and stuff like that....
If you're looking for more exotic beans, I think your best bet would be to order them from Rancho Gordo http://www.ranchogordo.com/ instead of looking for them in stores.
I've been very happy with the quality and variety of the beans. They're not cheap though, averaging about $5/lb.