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No garden is complete without these easy to grow and prolific garden vegetables. I love the pole sorts best climbing on my bamboo teepees and fences. These members of the legume family also have the added benefit of the ability to enrich the soil.The are only hand grown and selected seed but due to space concerns, all of my rare and heirloom melon and bean seeds are now grown out for me by my dear friend, Cliff. Cliff farms in the Pacific Northwest . He has a particular interest in rare and nearly extinct beans of many varieties ( and the nearly impossible to find old fashioned watermelons, muskmelons, cantaloupes and honeydews.) We both share the same love of old fashioned heirloom seeds. He grows all of these beans for seed on his ranch using sustainable methods. All of these lovely photos are also taken by Cliff. His help allows me to provide extra rare and nearly extinct bean seed to my fellow gardeners. So look at all these bountiful beans you thought you'd never find again or perhaps never even knew existed.


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NEW RARE "GREASY" BEANS

click to see fullsized photo**SOLD OUT*** NADINE'S GREASY CUT SHORT POLE BEAN MIX

Cliff, my friend out west, grows all my beans for seed for me. Here is what he had to say about these "greasy"  beans:" ...white flower, 5-6 foot trellis, 2:1 foliage to bean seed ratio, 85+ days, shorter season greasy bean. Seed colors: brown, bronze brown speckled, & pure white. One good set of beans, over 15-20 day period, plant then dies. Dry pods, 3-1/2 to 4 inches long, slightly curved, sets of two pods, 4-6 sets of pods per stem. Greasy Beans normally need southern climates to mature.

This bean mix should do well in northern climates with about a 90-100 day growing season. Bean seed acquired a few years ago from Nadine Reynolds of Piqua, Ohio."

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Cliff goes on to say, "Bill BEST says in his book "Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste," 2013:  'Cut Shorts are also known as 'Burst Out Beans', Cut Short describes what happens in the bean hull, seeds grow large in proportion to the hull, tends to square off the end of the bean seeds.'

Jonathan Welch, journalist for the Asheville, NC newspaper, Mountain Xpress (7-22-2009 edition) writes: "Greasy Beans owe their name to their distinctively shiny, fuzz-free pod, so cherished by early mountaineers that a bride's trousseau often included a few seeds from her family's unique strain."

click to see fullsized photo Be part of maintaining America's wonderful bean legacy and grow all 3 "greasy beans" I am offering this year. Cliff says that they have different growing season lengths so you can plant all three and have fresh, fresh greasy beans for a very extended season. I will also have listed "Luther's Crooked Greasy Pole Bean" with a 120+ day season. Also the "Reynolds Family Speckled Cornhill Cut Short Pole Bean" with a 100 day season. He got a whole lot of beans from this mix so I can offer more of this variety of "greasy bean" in one pack than the other 2 I am offering. **SOLD OUT***


click to see fullsized photo REYNOLDS FAMILY SPECKLED CORN HILL GREASY CUT SHORT BEAN~ Pole Bean ~

Cliff, my friend out west grows all my beans for seed for me. Here is what he had to say about this bean and its wonderful history. " ..white flower, 5-6 foot trellis, 1: 1 foliage to bean seed ratio, 100+ days, longer season, sets beans after Nadine's Greasy Bean, but before Luther's Greasy Bean. Dry seed, buff with bronze/brown speckles, yellowish-brown ring around the eye. Some seed has square ends, other look like normal bean seed. Twin pod sets, 6-8 sets per stem. Dry pods not quite as curved as Nadine's, are 4 to 4-1/2 inches long. According to W.W. TRACY, "American Varieties of Garden Beans," 1907:  'Early 1800s called 'Corn Bean,' about 1835, called 'Corn Hill Bean,' late 1800s called 'Speckled Cut Short Bean,' early 1900s, names include; Corn Hill Pole, Cornfield Pole, Cut-Short Pole. 1907,Largely used for planting among corn, more than any other variety, smallness of pods, not desirable at that time for a market bean.'

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Cliff goes on to say: "Bill BEST says in his book "Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste," 2013:  'Cut Shorts are also known as 'Burst Out Beans', Cut Short describes what happens in the bean hull, seeds grow large in proportion to the hull, tends to square off the end of the bean seeds.'

Jonathan Welch, journalist for the Asheville, NC newspaper, Mountain Xpress (7-22-2009 edition) writes: "Greasy Beans owe their name to their distinctively shiny, fuzz-free pod, so cherished by early mountaineers that a bride's trousseau often included a few seeds from her family's unique strain."

Be part of maintaining America's wonderful bean legacy and grow all 3 "greasy beans" I am offering this year. Cliff says that they have different growing season lengths so you can plant all three and have fresh fresh greasy beans for a very extended season.

ONE PACK = 15 fresh sustainably grown bean seeds


click to see fullsized photo LUTHER CROOKED GREASY POLE BEAN ~ RARE ONLY SOURCE! ~

I have a friend from North Carolina who came to visit me 2 years ago. She asked if I wanted her to bring me something from the Appalachian area she works in. I told her seeds, of course! She works with a food history website: http://appalachianfoodstorybank.org/ and has amazing contacts with the locals. She brought me a small packet of shiny white beans labelled "Luther Crooked Greasy Pole Bean." I gave these beans to Cliff, my friend out west who grows all my beans for seed for me. Cliff was thrilled with the results this season.

Here is what he had to say about these, "greasy"  beans and the research he did on them: " white flower, white bean, 12 foot plus trellis 3:1 foliage to bean ratio, 120 days plus, extremely long season, must dry indoors if you seek dry beans. Usually 6 beans per pod, 6-8 pods per stem, super productive. Shelly stage, raw, beans have a pea like flavor, cooked with onions and bacon, bon appetit! Sets beans near top of trellis first, ever-bearing, continuing to set beans until frost."

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Jonathan Welch, journalist for the Asheville, NC newspaper, Mountain Xpress (7-22-2009 edition) writes: "Greasy Beans owe their name to their distinctively shiny, fuzz-free pod, so cherished by early mountaineers that a bride's trousseau often included a few seeds from her family's unique strain. Such devoted guardianship produced an unmatched diversity of greasy beans in North Carolina & Kentucky highlands, with more than 30 varieties, still cultivated on small patches of mountain land."

"Luther Crooked Greasy Pole Bean" is a genuine Appalachian heirloom and probably never available before outside of that family. I was not able to find out any more history on this bean . I will also be selling 2 other "greasy beans." I will have listed "Nadine's Greasy Shortcut Pole Mix " with an 85 day season. Also the "Reynolds Family Speckled Cornhill Cut Short Pole Bean" with a 100 day season. Cliff says that they have different growing season lengths so you can plant all three and have fresh fresh greasy beans for a very extended season.

ONE PACK = 15 fresh sustainably grown bean seeds

POLE BEANS

**BACK FOR 2017** OLD TENNESSEE RED PEANUT BEAN~
RARE~ Hard to Find Heirloom ~ LIMITED AMOUNTS ~ ORDER EARLY

This old fashioned bean is what is called a half or 1/2 runner. It was grown for me by my "beany" friend Cliff. This is what he says in his own words: "Does not grow into trellis, but does climb. Think a 45-degree slant trellis might work best. Perfectly straight pods, 6-7 inches long. 55 days to snap. Pods turn red when mature at about 85 days, seed is light pink. Traditional mid-south bean that is difficult to find, outside of mid -south. This is a totally different bean than the pink tip 1/2 runner listed last year. Heavy pod setter, bean to foliage ratio 1:1".

It is called a peanut bean because the dry beans when cooked are supposed to taste like peanuts!

ONE PACK= 15 FRESH SUSTAINABLY GROWN BEAN SEEDS


click to see fullsized photo BRECK'S ITALIAN POLE BEAN ~ RARE

Cliff, my friend out west, grows out all my beans for Amishland Heirloom Seeds. Here is what he had to say about this beautiful bean:  "According to HEDRICK, "Beans of New York" 1931, 'while it is a horticultural type, it is NOT the same as any of the other familiar 'HORTS'click to see fullsized photo (i.e. horticultural beans), during 1925-1930 several new 'Italian Pole Beans were offered.' 85-90 days, pinkish white flower, 6-foot trellis,  "good snap bean in four-inch stage, develops into a romano type pod, which can also be eaten… 5-7 inches long. Bean stem is very woody, 1/4-inch across, branches out more like a shrub than a bean. Pod develops red carmine streaks late in its maturity, but no red markings on the seed. Zebra stripes appear on the bean seed in the green shelly stage. Dry beans have stripes, bronze, green brown to seal brown color on a buff colored surface. Ever-bearing, 3:1 foliage to bean ratio, fairly productive."

Cliff also told me the name Breck's comes from an early Boston based seed supplier by that name who offered this bean. Just a beautiful and wonderful bean for for "shelly" eating like they do in Italy, or closer to home, in the Appalachian region of America.

ONE PACK = 15  fresh sustainably grown bean seeds


click to see fullsized photoSOLD OUT OHIO POLE SOUP BEAN~ Rare Genuine Native American Bean ~

This bean came from the Nadine Reynolds family of Piqua, Ohio, a few years ago in a seed trade between Cliff & Nadine. Cliff is my friend out west who grows out all my beans for Amishland Heirloom Seeds. This is what he had to say about this beautiful and rare bean:
click to see fullsized photo "White seed, with purple blue frost on end of seed, 8 foot plus trellis, 8 inch, very fat bean pods, 85-100 days, color of seed varies with soil in which it is planted. According to William Woys Weaver, the noted food historian, it is a very old native american bean, traces back to 1790s in Fort Wayne, Indiana, used by Algonquin tribes, mostly associated with the Miami Indians, Mawmee Valley, northwest Ohio. Also used by the Delaware, Potowatami, and Shawnee Indians. (see Mother Earth News, Feb-March, 2013 three sisters article, seed varieties chart). Very meaty soup bean when cooked. William Woys Weaver says it goes well with game & red meat." SOLD OUT


click to see fullsized photo**SOLD OUT - LOOK FOR THIS IN FALL OF 2017**
SWISS LANDFRAUEN type POLE BEAN
Please try the nearly identical WEINLANDERIN POLE BEAN - SWISS HEIRLOOM (below) ~ONLY US SEED SOURCE!~LIMITED QUANTITY- ORDER EARLY.


click to see fullsized photo**BACK FOR 2017** WEINLANDERIN POLE BEAN - SWISS HEIRLOOM

Good substitute for Landfrauen Pole Bean. I am now selling again the elusive purple speckled "Landfrauen" Swiss heirloom pole bean, perhaps the best tasting snap bean ever. I am listed as the only commercial source of this bean in the Sixth edition (2004 -last published-) of the Garden Seed Inventory. but I won't have a very large seed supply to sell this year and expect to sell out early. However, in a search for a close facsimile, I found seeds to the "Weinlanderin," another super Swiss heirloom pole bean. "Weinlanderin" translates as "maid of the wine country." I am pleased to report that these were almost as wonderful as the "Landfrauen" They won hands down, in all of Cliff's bean taste tests this season. Just fabulous flavor and aroma that is so lacking in beans these days. Pale green stringless pods have lovely purple mottling or streaks. They sometimes have fully purple pods, not a sign of crossing but just its growth habit. They will grow 7-9 inches long, but are best eaten slightly smaller at 5-6 inches. They have that indescribable European Mountain bean flavor. These are also a multi-purpose bean and can be served fresh or dried, and they freeze well too. My friend Cliff grew the seed beans sustainably for me. He noted that the ratio of bean to foliage is 1 to 1. Cliff took this beautiful photo as well. I have a limited quantity of this rare heirloom bean, so be sure to order early.

ONE PACK = 10 FRESH SUSTAINABLY GROWN BEAN SEEDS


click to see fullsized photo~ BITTICK FAMILY RIO ZAPE POLE BEAN~ Rare dual purpose pole bean~

My "beany" friend Cliff grew this out for me on his farm in the Pacific Northwest. Cliff takes bean growing and history very seriously. This detailed history is what he had to say about this bean: "In fruit & vegetable trade language, the base color of a bean seed is called the Ground Color, additional color is called the secondary color. The ground color of Rio Zape beans varies according to the soil in which the bean was grown. So seed can be brown, light brown, buff, creamy white, chalk white. The secondary color on the bean seed is purple blue, which can be in the form of stripes, splashes, streaks over the base ground color. This variety is different from the "light brown zebra bean," which has brown streaks & stripes.

"Growth habit, 6-12 foot trellis, ratio of 1:2 beans to foliage. Pod starts out green, with faint purple streaks, streaks darken to very visible, at snap bean stage. When left for shelly or dried beans, the purple streaks diffuse, pod turns a reddish purple over the green GROUND COLOR, as shown in the picture. (totally different color than the pink tips i.e. Homer Nelsons which are pinkish red) Doc Martin is credited with the title ZEBRA BEANS, different, as opposed to Horticultural (mottled cranberry, wren's egg, etc.), as the Hort beans tend to be shelly, & dry beans with an uneatable pod. The BITTICK FAMILY BEAN, is very good in the snap bean stage, pod is not tough & woody. Bittick family resided in St. Louis, Missouri area, early 1900s. Bean is thought to have come from southwest usa native americans, but could be a european descendent of Weinlanderin, or Landfrauen." (also see these 2 rare pole beans on this bean page.)

ONE PACK -15 fresh sustainably grown bean seeds.


click to see fullsized photo***SOLD OUT***~ BEN JUDD'S 'GRANNY MESSENGER'S SULFUR POLE BEAN' ~
TENNESSEE HEIRLOOM! Only Source! ~ VERY LIMITED SUPPLY ~ ORDER EARLY!

Here is another great old time bean from the late Ben Judd, of Sparta, Tennessee. I grew these out a few years back and decided I needed my "Beany" friend Cliff's help to save these old time heirloom beans for posterity. Here is what Cliff had to say about them: "5-7 FOOT TRELLIS, 1-4 ratio beans to foliage, 100 days, white flower, beans straw yellow, sulfur yellow, dark brown yellow. Sets first pods near the ground, hook on end of pod, 3/4 circle hook. Course pod, probably shelly or dried bean."

"Nearly all US yellow seeded beans are bush beans, first yellow seeded pole bean I have encountered. Speculate Messenger's is a true FRENCH bean from France (Vegetable Garden--Vilmorin-Andrieux, page 62) Lineage may trace back (1885) to the CLIMBING YELLOW or DUNES YELLOW KIDNEY BEAN. Other yellow France Bean was a bush bean YELLOW HUNDREDFOLD KIDNEY BEAN, cultivated in Eastern France, where it was often grown in the vineyards with the grapes. Climbing yellow might have been a sport from yellow hundredfold, as the grape vines would have provided a trellis for climbing. Ben Judd's only comment on this bean was that is a favorite of bean eating beetles." ***SOLD OUT***


click to see fullsized photo**SOLD OUT** ~BEN JUDD'S 'MRS. CLARKS SHORT CUT POLE BEAN'~
ONLY SOURCE!

Here is a great old time bean from late Ben Judd, of Sparta, Tennessee. I grew these out a few years back and decided I needed my "Beany" friend Cliff's help to save these old time heirloom beans for posterity. Here is what Cliff had to say about them: "actually a cut short bean. Not a play on words, or a turn around of the words, Mr. Judd's note said: "A SHORT BEAN, BUT A HEAVY BEARER" -5 foot trellis, white blossom, 1:3 beans to foliage ration. 80 days, bears heavy during hot summer heat. Tennessee Heirloom bean worth saving." You won't find this bean anywhere anywhere else. **SOLD OUT**


click to see fullsized photo MRS. WALLACE'S CASEKNIFE BEAN- EXCLUSIVE~ ONLY USA SEED SOURCE!

Here is another bean I got from years ago from Mr. Benjamin Judd of Sparta, TN. My "beany" friend Cliff grew these out for me this season. Caseknife refers to the odd shape of the pods. This is a very old term for this kind of bean. They are flattened on one edge and curved on the other side of the pod. I have never grown so prolific of a producer. It is also, far and above, the tallest true bean vine I have ever seen. Mine have reached 15 to 20 plus feet yearly! I grew them on long 12-foot bamboo poles and the bean went all the way up and then all the way down the pole! This is a bean more suited to eat in the "shelly" stage (eat like fresh limas) or as a dry bean.

Grow a piece of history with this bean. Caseknife beans date back to the 1700's in the United states, and Thomas Jefferson grew several sorts. The dried beans themselves are speckled and have an odd spoon shape. To the best of my knowledge, I am the only source of this particular bean.

ONE PACK = 10 fresh sustainably raised beans.


click to see fullsized photo~GRANDMA DELLA'S CORNFIELD CUT-SHORT BEAN~
VERY RARE FAMILY HEIRLOOM POLE BEAN- ONLY SOURCE! ~

I received my original beans from Marie Icenberg of Rochester, Indiana. I gave these to my friend Cliff to grow and save for posterity. Here is what Cliff had to say about them: "pole, white seed, 5-6 foot trellis. A type of fall bean, 120 days before bearing pods, start producing pods late August-September. A shelly/dry bean, commonly of the type called "leather breeches" in Appalachia, as they were strung on a string to dry in late fall on the back porch. These are similar to Old Joe Clark Bean. Beans will NOT dry on vine. Beans out grow the pod, are crowded in pod, shape of bean varies from round to slightly square." Hence, the Cut-short name- INCREASED SEED AMOUNT DUE TO GREAT GROWING SEASON!

ONE PACK= 20 fresh sustainably grown bean seeds


click to see fullsized photo**SOLD OUT** HOMER NELSON FAMILY PINK TIP HALF RUNNER BEAN
~ONLY USA SOURCE~ Virginia Heirloom

This fabulous, super rare, triple use (snap, shelly, dry) type bush bean is a sure winner. It has a good bean to foliage ratio of 1:2. It only grows 12-15 inches tall, but it spreads 1 to 1-1/2 feet in each direction. This is a rare family heirloom, 3 generations deep from Pounding Mill, Tazewell County, Virginia, which is in the western foothills of the Appalachian Mts, (the Great Valley of VA.) The pods are green in snap stage, and then turn pink after the snap stage. The seed is shiny chestnut brown color. This is an old favorite in the south as a snap, shelly and dry bean. The Homer Nelson family where the bean came from said, "This is the real McCoy when it comes to Pink Tip Half Runner Bean." My seed stock was sustainably grown for me by my dear friend, Cliff. He says "Yields better, happier on a trellis, truly old fashioned variety, good snap in early stages". To the best of my knowledge, I am the only commercial source of this rare family heirloom bean. **SOLD OUT**


click to see fullsized photo POTOMAC POLE BEAN ~ Pre 1860 Heirloom from Virginia then California~

This is a great heirloom bean dating from the Virginia side of the Potomac River before 1860. After the Civil War it was carried west by the Barley family to Tehama County, California, where it has been grown for over 125 years. It produced long slender green pods, about 6-1/2 inches long which were slightly curved. These had excellent quality and flavor beans. The plants had a 1:1 beans to foliage ratio. It produced vigorously and heavily. It grew on an 8-foot trellis, but most beans were at the 4 to 6-foot level. It produced well in the hot dry midwest summer, but would really probably prefer a cooler/moister climate. It germinates well in cool soil and yields well in cool season areas. The seeds are a dark purple-black color, about 5/8-inch long and slightly flattened in shape. The huge trifoliate leaves grew 6 to 10-inches across. I grew up near the water in Maryland and Virginia. I actually, to my knowledge, never had this exact bean but I may have eaten it as a child without knowing it. I sure hope I did. Seed stock this year was grown sustainably by my good friend Cliff. The photos for this bean are also taken by Cliff.

ONE PACK = 20 fresh sustainably grown seeds


click to see fullsized photo RUTH BIBLE POLE BEAN ~ 1832 Kentucky Heirloom~ Very Scarce!

This family heirloom bean is from the Buoys family in Kentucky and dates back to 1832. The vines are quite long and bear heavily. The large pods, like many old time beans, may have slight strings. These are much better when tender and small about 3 to 4-inches. This year, our first, they grew on a 10 foot trellis. They have a 1:1 beans to foliage ratio. Bean pods are light green in color. Most of the pods were 3-5 inches containing brownish-tan seeds. 63-65 days. This is a great "old timey” bean that produces all season. It is a drought resistant “cornfield type" pole bean. Seed stock was grown sustainably by my good friend Cliff. The photos for this bean are also taken by Cliff.

ONE PACK = 20 fresh sustainably grown seeds


click to see fullsized photo **SOLD OUT** GRANDMA NELLIE'S YELLOW PODDED MUSHROOM POLE BEAN
now considered an ENDANGERED BEAN~ ORDER EARLY! ~

This was another great bean sustainably grown for me by my dear friend, Cliff. Here is what he said about this rare bean in his own words: “60-65 DAYS, uses 6-7 foot trellis, 1:1 bean to foliage, not super productive, but bears all season long. Has wild trait, pods open when dry. (Note from Lisa- this is called "shattering" in botanical parlance.) Very old variety has a white flower, as most beans did in early 1900s (according to Cliff's favorite, WW Tracy's book American Garden Bean Varieties 1907)." not a snap, rather a shelly, or dry bean. The pods are light yellow or wax type."

Cliff sent me new information on this rare bean and here is what he found: "The Nellie bean is thought to have originally been a Russian heirloom bean, it was given to Nellie Chernoff, of Kamsack, Saskatchewan, by a Russian lady immigrant friend. Kamsack is in mid Saskatchewan, near the Manitoba border. Hence, the bean will start in colder soil, does best in cooler climates, extreme heat causes bean to wither and die back. Can be used as a snap bean in very early stages, but still have not tried as a cooked bean, as you need the seed, which is quite rare. Seed Diversity of Canada website lists this bean as endangered, and only available from a few private growers." The name is such because it supposedly tastes like mushrooms. You will have to take her word for it since neither Cliff nor I have eaten it yet. We saved all the beans for you. **SOLD OUT**


click to see fullsized photo **BACK FOR 2017** HARWIG'S HEIRLOOM BELGIUM POLE "FILET" SNAP BEAN-
RARE!- - BABY BEANS ON A POLE!

I was thrilled to get seed of this rare family heirloom pole bean, through my rancher friend Cliff out west. This Minnesota family heirloom was brought to the United States from Belgium in the early 1900's by D. Harwig's grandmother.

Cliff says: "What makes this bean so extra special is a quality have never encountered before in a pole sort. This is a fancy, filet-type snap green bean, very tiny and thin and only 4 to 6-inches long. The 6 to 8-foot long vines are absolutely encrusted with hundreds of these specialty gourmet "french style" type beans. You never saw such production, especially in this type of gourmet bean. Filet beans are usually on short, small bushes, and by nature not plentiful like these pole sorts. Heavy yielding and prolific is an understatement."

Fabulous, very delicate flavor make this a real winner for all you lovers of things French (or Flemish). I bet Julia Child or the most famous Belgian, Hercule Poirot, would have loved these baby beans!

ONE PACK = 15 FRESH SUSTAINABLY GROWN BEAN SEEDS


click to see fullsized photo AMISH GNUDDEL BEAN ~ Early 1800's Pennsylvania Dutch/German  Heirloom
~ NOTE: This is sometimes spelled Knuddel, Knuttle, or Gnuttle Bean. -In Pennsylvania Dutch there are many variations in its spelling 

Famous seedsman Bernard McMahon offered this bean for sale as early as 1802 and it has been grown by the Amish for generations. Earlier in time, the Seneca and Iroquois called it the Corn Hill Bean and the Seneca considered it one of their oldest beans.It is what is called a "cutshort" because all the beans are squished in the pod so tightly that they have square sides.

The Amish use this as a dry bean for rich stew soups. Traditionally they serve this soup after their Sunday services to their whole congregation which meets in a local home each week. This is an important bean in their culture and in their meals. It is a half runner bean, not quite as tall as a pole bean but it throws out runners that twine around whatever is available, so the Amish often grow it with corn. It grows about 5-6 feet tall, with short pods. It takes about 90 days here in Amish country, or early September in my zone 6A garden.

ONE PACK = 20 fresh sustainably grown seeds

PURPLE BEANS

**SOLD OUT**
BLAUHILDE PURPLE POLE BEAN ~ Limited Quantities ~ Order Early!


click to see fullsized photo**SOLD OUT** PURPLE PODDED POLE BEAN MIX ~ Very Limited Quantities ~Order Early~

This bean mix is the brainchild of my friend Cliff, who grows out a lot of my beans for me. He felt people would like a mixture of some of the rarer purple pole beans that we can't offer as single varieties since we don't have that quantity of any given kind. He wanted my customers to be able to experience these beauties too. So this mix contains short, mid and long season varieties.

You will need a 6 to 8-foot trellis to grow them properly. With this mix, the beans should bear throughout the season. Includes Dow, Purple Peacock, Purple Podded/Purple Leaf, Purple Marconi, and Trionfo Violetta pole beans. But not necessarily all of these as this is an all mixed-up variety. The photo is only of the Trionfo Violetta but it is typical of the look of all of the pretty purple types. I do however offer the Purple Marconi and the Violetta as single varieties on this page. **SOLD OUT**


click to see fullsized photo**SOLD OUT**-PURPLE PODDED POLE BEAN ~ Limited Quantities ~ Ozark Heirloom ~ Order Early!

This is a heavenly, almost fluorescent purple pole bean, hailing from the Ozark mountains. This lovely heirloom beauty was found growing in a garden the 1930's by the old Henry Fields Seed Company. It is most likely of European origin and probably dating much earlier than that. Very vigorous grower of vines reaching easily over 6 to 8-feet, but not out of control like some pole types I have grown. I grow mine on bamboo poles intertwined with my lovely purple "Grandpa Otts Morning Glory." It is stunning that way. It is a favorite bean for growing for children, since it "magically" turns bright green when cooked right before their very eyes. Plus, the pods are so easy for youngsters (and oldsters) to see and pick. Try growing a living "fort" on a bamboo teepee for your kids with these. These gorgeous snap beans are stringless, nice and meaty. They are less than 1/2-inch across by about 5 to 7-inches long. The entire bean plant just glows and is quite ornamental with purple vines and veins in the leaves, and as you can see in the photo, lovely bi-colored purple flowers as well. Fairly early for a pole sort. Seed is a buff brown color, with a hint of lavender. **SOLD OUT**


click to see fullsized photo **SOLD OUT** COSSE VIOLETTE POLE BEAN
~ SCARCE ~ ALL PURPLE PLANTS!

BUSH SNAP BEANS

click to see fullsized photo click to see fullsized photo**NEW FOR 2017** ROBERT LOVITZ PURPLE DOVE BUSH BEAN

My friend Cliff, who ranches out in the Pacific Northwest, grew these out for me this summer season. Here, in his own words is what he had to say about them: "smaller, shorter plants than Purple Rose, does not need trellising. Flat round pods, a little shorter than 'Purple Rose' - some plants have small round pods, with dark brown seed, which are tender & tastier than the Purple Dove pods. Seed looks identical to 'Purple Rose'." An unusual bush bean with a poetic name that you must try!

15 fresh sustainably grown bean seeds.


click to see fullsized photo**NEW FOR 2017** ROBERT LOVITZ PURPLE ROSE BUSH BEAN

My friend Cliff, who ranches out in the Pacific Northwest, grew these out for me this summer season. Here, in his own words is what he had to say about them, "Robert Lobitz Purple Rose Half Runner Bush Beans, 16-24 inches, does best with a small two foot trellis, prevents massive spreading. Best eating at younger stage, good flavor when cooked. Very productive. Robert Lobitz (1941-2006) was a prolific bean breeder, introduced 96 varieties of bush beans, most seed, very colorful, lived at Paynesville, Minnesota. So most of his beans do better in cooler climates."

ONE PACK = 15 fresh sustainably grown bean seeds.


click to see fullsized photo**SOLD OUT** "PANTHER" UKRAINIAN WAX BUSH BEAN ~
Thin Filet Type Pods!~ Very Limited Quantities~ Order Early !

This bean is another winner from Cliff, my grower friend out west who grows out all my beans and saves the seed for me for Amishland Heirloom Seeds. Here is what Cliff had to say about this bean: "5-6 inches, light yellow slightly round, curved pods, pure white seed, (canners and fair exhibitors like pure white bean seed for cooking as seed color does not affect the coloring of the finished product). 60-70 DAYS, each plant produces one set of pods, not an ever-bearing type of bean. Wax or yellow snap beans, especially pole types, are getting much harder to find as most commercial seed growers are dropping them from the trade. This is a nice old fashioned one."

Wax beans have a finer texture and delicate buttery taste not found in the green sorts. **SOLD OUT**


click to see fullsized photo TANYA'S PINK TIP BUSH ROMANO BEAN ~Hard to find ~

Another winner from Cliff, my grower friend out west who grows out all my beans and saves the seed for Amishland Heirloom Seeds.

Here is what Cliff had to say about this bean: " 5 to 7 inches, light green pod turns ruby red, pink as pod reaches maturity. Best eaten as a snap under 5-inches, One set, not ever-bearing, 60-75 days. Seed color buff light pink. Tanya was an employee of SALT BRUSH ISLAND SEED COMPANY, near Vancouver, British Columbia in 1990s. She found this bean as a sport, in a plot of Sequoia Romano Bush beans. Sequoia - Romano bean pods are a dark purple. Not very many sources for this bean in last few years."

ONE PACK-  10 fresh sustainably grown bean seeds.


click to see fullsized photo VELOUR DWARF PURPLE FRENCH BEAN bush~
Perfect for Containers!
(matures in 55 days) Everyone's Favorite Purple!

Velour's pods are a glowing purple color, almost electric! And the succulent taste is even better than its royal purple beauty. A real gourmet treat from France, where they have the highest standards for snap type filet beans. This is a true miniature plant with round pods 1-inch in diameter that grow 5 to 6-inches long. They bear heavily for such a small plant all season long. These purple lovelies are great in storage as they freeze well. And of course the sublime flavor is perfect sauteed or lightly steamed. Needless to say, they are absolutely stringless as well.

My wonderful rancher friend, Cliff, grew these gorgeous beans out for me where he had a perfect growing season (unlike here in Amishland where we had an unseasonably wet and cold spring, then a hot drought-ridden summer, followed by fall flooding). He also took the great photo showing their glowing beauty.

All you gardeners with limited space who are unable to grow except in containers will be thrilled with this new French wonder. It only grows 15-inches tall! All I can say is "ooh la la, Vive la France!"

ONE PACK = 15 fresh sustainably grown bean seeds.


click to see fullsized photoMASAI SNAP BEAN- Mini French Filet Bean.

This is a super gourmet mini french filet bean. It's ready to pick at at 50 days. It is vigorous, fast growing, and very heavy bearer throughout the season. One if its good points is you dont have to pick daily. The green 4-6 inch beans are tender and tasty. Plants are very compact, about 12-14 inches tall, and will work very well even in containers. You get dozens of beans per small plant. They bear from mid-summer till frost. In fact, fall crops are just as heavy as in summer. I have tried many mini french filet beans, and MASAI is my favorite filet! This is another of the wonderful beans grown sustainably for me by my great bean friend, Cliff.

ONE PACK = 20 fresh organically grown bean seeds.


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MRS MAROTTI'S BUSH ROMANO BEAN ~ VERY RARE~ORDER EARLY

Here is another of Cliff's rare beans he grew for me. Here, in quotes, in his own words, is the history from his extensive research: "70-80 days, 20 inches high, roundish pod not flat like most romanos, shiny, round midnight blue seed. Very tasty as a cooked bean, (steamed them whole, not snapped). Canada lists bean as endangered. I assume that this is also a Canadian bean. Mrs. Marotti emigrated from Sicily over 80 years ago, and brought her favorite bean seed to her new world location. I can not find any other info, after an extensive web search. Heirloom romano beans are very hard to find, as most have lost their identity over the years. (I have been searching for more heirloom romanos, and as of yet, have not found very many). As bean starts to dry, pods have very light red streaks. Flower is white. Sets beans all at once, so it is a one shot crop bean. We need to spread this bean into as many hands as possible." SEED AMOUNT NOW INCREASED

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click to see fullsized photo WHITE SETTLER BUSH BEAN aka COVELO RESERVATION BEAN One of 2 SOURCES IN USA~ Rare and Endangered Variety ~Very Limited Quantities~Order Early!~

Here is another great rare bean grown for me by Cliff. Here, in his own words, is what he says: "from Humbolt County, CA. Bush filet, 15-20 inches, does best in hot dry climates, excellent snap & dry bean. Covelo is indian reservation in northern CA, where the bean was found by an organic farmer named Chris Balz. He had the bean researched at U of CA, Davis campus, and it did not correlate with any known beans in their collection. RARE/ENDANGERED BEAN." I was also able to find a bit more information on this little bean. Although beans are a new world crop they actually weren't grown in Northern California until after the "white settlers" (i.e. Europeans) came. These roundish, shiny brown beans come from the Covelo Reservation in California's Round Valley. Therefore, on the reservation they came to be called "white settler bean." No one knows the actual travel route these beans made. Perhaps they came directly from Mexico or maybe they made their way to Europe and then travelled back with the Italian farmers who came to farm this small valley. But they were carefully saved and preserved all these years. And now, thanks to Cliff, you can grow a piece of this rare California history. INCREASED SEED AMOUNTS!

ONE PACK = 10 fresh sustainably grown bean seeds.

 

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