At Cote’s in Lowell, beans reign supreme
Besides groceries and candy bars, you can buy beans at Cote’s Market, now run by the fourth generation, any day of the week (except Sundays and Wednesdays, when the store is closed), though Saturday is peak. “Bean boy” Kevin Brunelle, who works behind the counter, scoops out some 300 pounds a week. In the basement, down a staircase with treads worn smooth by nearly 100 years’ use, are tons of California small white beans, awaiting their time. At the moment, Levasseur stores about 1,600 25-pound bags.