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Best place to buy cheap bulk staples? (e.g. dried beans)

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Hi.

I go through a lot of dried beans.

I'm basically price-shopping against my local Fine Fare.

I'd love to buy local-farm dried beans from Cayuga (NYC Greenmarkets), etc, but it's not in the budget.

My Haitian housemate, for example, goes to a little shop up on 181st and broadway. Buys the pintos I get for 1.39/lb for .89.

I'm expecting the best sources to be in "ethnic" neighborhoods.

Any advice?

thanks!!

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  1. Outer boroughs will likely be the best resource, did you already post there?
    Or just go shopping with your housemate....

      1. re: UES Mayor

        My recollection is that Costco has a very limited variety of beans; canned and dry.