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Local source for Sea Beans/Sea Asparagus/Salicornia?

soypower May 20, 2010 03:46 PM

So my mother went to pick seaweed with a bunch of her friends and came back with a bag of Sea beans. Wow! This stuff is delicious! Now I'm wondering if I can pick some up at a local store instead of planning a huge trip to the coast.

Any ideas where I can find this wonderful new-to-me vegetable? In bulk? Bonus points for stores in the Bellevue area.

Thanks in advance!

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    robca May 23, 2010 06:28 PM

    I bought them (and some fiddlehead ferns) at the Bellevue farmer's market (Thursday afternoon). They also had gret morels. According to the owner of the stall, he'll have them again next week

    http://bellevuefarmersmarket.org/

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      soypower May 24, 2010 09:18 AM

      Fabulous! I've lived in Belleve off and on my entire life and I never knew we had a farmer's market. Very exciting. Thank you!

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        soypower May 30, 2010 10:50 AM

        Thanks so much for this tip. I was able to make it to the farmer's market this last Thursday and saw that the seabeans were selling for $10/lb. So I think I will go ahead and make the trip out to the coast as it seems it would be quite worth it. I believe my mom brought home about 5lbs last time, and she said there was quite a bit more, so we may even have to get a stall when we get back! :o)

      2. soypower May 22, 2010 11:48 AM

        Thanks for all the tips...I will look for 'Foraged and Found'. Very exciting!

        1. frygirl May 21, 2010 11:32 AM

          The "Foraged and Found" booth at the University Farmer's Market had a huge pile of them last Saturday.

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            Kaelin May 21, 2010 12:08 PM

            The Ballard Farmer's Market on Sunday had a slew of sea beans -- I think it was "Foraged and Found".

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              jenn May 21, 2010 03:53 PM

              yup. thats where I get mine..............

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              Daniel May 21, 2010 06:40 AM

              Uwajimaya has them pretty consistently

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              Uwajimaya
              600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

              1. voodoobec May 20, 2010 07:31 PM

                Oh, gosh, I don't know the name of the guy but the "mushroom man" from Arlington who sells at farmers' markets has them on occasion. I also saw them at Sosio's Produce at Pike Place Market recently, I believe.

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                Pike Place Market
                1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

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                  Lauren May 21, 2010 10:28 AM

                  Foraged and Found is the 'mushroom man'.

                  I love sea beans!

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                    voodoobec May 21, 2010 03:03 PM

                    Nope, not Jeremy. This is a slightly older fellow named Kurt.

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