I know about Rancho Gordo but I’d prefer not to make such a relatively large commitment. Can anyone recommend somewhere retail to buy some interesting obscure heritage beans?
There are retailers in and around LA that carry Rancho Gordo:
Zürsun is another good brand you can find locally:
Thank you! This was really helpful.
Yeah, there used to be great vendor called Rice and Beans at the Mar Vista Farmers Market. Sadly, they closed.
It’s kind of a trip but if you’re up near Santa Barbara anyway: Lompoc Beans
And if you’re up that way, try out Industrial Eats in Buellton. I had a crazy good smoked pheasant salad there.
Forgive the poor photographs.
This stand is at the Santa Monica Farmers Market on Wednesdays.
Looks like fresh cranberry beans as well.
Excellent!!! That was just like Rice and Beans! I loved that I could just buy one cup or something for Casoulette or soup!
Good eye @robert. They usually have fresh shelling beans for lots of cultivars and, for those that have tasty pods, some fresh whole pods to treat like green beans.
@Dommy! Exactly. The beans are incredibly fresh and buying in bulk is where it’s at.
All that said, the selection isn’t as wide as Rancho Gordo and other specialty purveyors. I still use those companies for certain beans.
Here is another vendor at SMFM on Wednesday, though I haven’t tried them.