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Soldier Beans, ISO

qianning Jan 31, 2014 11:06 AM

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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    dfrostnh Feb 1, 2014 02:31 AM

    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
      qianning Feb 3, 2014 05:08 AM

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

      1. re: qianning
        dfrostnh Feb 3, 2014 09:35 AM

        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
          qianning Feb 3, 2014 09:46 AM

          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
            dfrostnh Feb 3, 2014 12:57 PM

            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. chefj Feb 2, 2014 02:35 PM

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

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      1. re: chefj
        qianning Feb 3, 2014 05:07 AM

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

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        sultanaboudreau Feb 3, 2014 04:32 AM

        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
          qianning Feb 3, 2014 05:06 AM

          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,

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          MollyCatherine Feb 3, 2014 06:27 PM

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

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            bm_vt Feb 4, 2014 09:26 AM

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

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            1. re: bm_vt
              qianning Feb 4, 2014 09:47 AM

              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.

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