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Jan 31, 2014 11:06 AM

Soldier Beans, ISO

Anyone seen soldier beans (dried) for sale lately?

Finding a source in Greater Nashua/Manchester area would be ideal; but over time my route takes me pretty much anywhere in NH south of the White Mountains, or coastal Maine or Seacoast NH, and less often the Upper Valley or Southeastern VT.

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  1. Try calling the concord nh food coop. It's open to the public and has a large bulk dept

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    1. re: dfrostnh

      Haven't been in that store in ages, was it always a co-op?

      1. re: qianning

        Yes, from the time it was a tiny place on South State Street. It was recently remodeled and has an extensive fresh produce, cheese, dairy. Also meat and fish dept, including sushi. It's on South Main Street with it's on small parking lot. Also has prepared food/Celery Stick café. Nice small grocery store now. Great place for bulk herbs and spices as well a grains. It is open to the public. Members get a discount.

        1. re: dfrostnh

          Oh, think maybe I had it confused with the place across Main Street from Gibson's--which is not a co-op, correct?

          1. re: qianning

            Yes, it's across from the former Gibson's and Red River Theater location. It's a co-op but open to the public. Gibson's moved a few months ago further south on Main Street in case you are looking for it. I can't remember when the co-op moved from South State Street to South Main Street. It could have been 20 years ago or more.

    2. Harman's Cheese & Country Store, Sugar Hill, NH
      Little far north for you but............

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      1. re: chefj

        Good to know. We don't get to Sugar Hill often, but it does happen once in a while.

      2. I've bought soldier beans at Hannaford supermarkets in Maine. I'm not sure if other regional Hannafords carry them because the Soldier/Yellow Eye bean is such a Maine specific thing, but I've bought beans at the Forest Ave Hannaford in Portland and in Calais. If you google around, you'll see mail order options, too.

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        1. re: sultanaboudreau

          Hannaford--great idea! I'll check around here, if its a no go at the locations in NH, I'll check a Hannaford in Maine next time I'm there. I can get Yellow Eye beans around here pretty easily, but much grew up on Soldier beans, and would love to find them,

        2. I'm pretty sure I've seen them at both Hannaford and Shaw's in West Leb.

          1. Shaws in South Burlington (VT) carries them. Looked just for you ;)

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            1. re: bm_vt

              thanks! Shaw's and Hannaford have both fallen out of my regular routine the past few years. Looks like there may be reasons to put at least one or the other back into the rota.