Originally posted by V960
You are basically paying two dollars for a package of bullion. Have at it folks.
At least around here it includes the beans too. It does cost a little more than if you made it yourself, but then you would have to keep 15 little bags of different beans on hand. It is worth it to me to buy the one little bag of mixed beans when I need it, make the soup, and be done with it.
There was a very nice IH pull type bean combine on eBay a few weeks ago. I bid, but lost. It was the model (no longer made) that most dry (soup type) beans are picked with. A lot of dry beans are grown by small farmers in Maine and upstate New York. Big farmers, with big machines can't be bothered growing a few acres of an obscure type of bean, for a very limited market. Small growers can make a few bucks at it, but only if they are close to a buyer. If I had bought the combine, I'd have had to haul my crop several hundred miles to one of the 2 "local" buyers that I know of. I'm glad that I was outbid (lol)