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fresh vanilla beans inquiry?

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At what stores on Staten Island, NY can a fresh vanilla beans be purchased?

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  1. I bought some from the Waldbaum's Tomkins Ave store last year. But be warned: there has been some kind of blight or disease in the tropics that has devestated the vanilla orchid so the beans are scarce and expensive. I had to find a manager to procure them and paid, I believe $18.00 for two.

    I think you are not likely to find them sitting on any shelf of spices in any store. Good luck.