beans

(291 varieties to choose from)  We continued to work on increasing the inherited collection of beans from Tom Knoche and as you will see have added a few and increased some others to hopefully add next year. We are slowly making a dent in the frozen seed collection.  We will never have all of them in large quantities but will keep working to spread them around.

 Plant as soon as frost is past in rows 3 feet apart with plants 3 inches apart for best yields.   Packet contains 1 oz. unless otherwise indicated.  Snap beans are used for what people typically call green beans and when bean seeds are immature.  A shell bean is used for the bean seed and not for the pod.  There can be green shell beans which you can eat before they are dried.  There are dried shell beans that you eat after the pod has dried and the seed has matured.  Some of the old fashioned beans can work both ways.  You can eat them as a green shell bean (shelling the beans out of the pods while they are still green) or as a dry shell bean (shelling the beans out of the pods after the pods have dried).  These can also be used as a green snap bean while the seeds are still in the immature stage. UPDATED FOR 2021

Bush Snap Beans

(34 varieties to choose from) The Derecho destroyed nearly all  of our bush bean seed crop. Prices updated until December 31, 2021. We will have photos of seeds until we to take photos of the varieties at edible pod stage.

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Black Valentine

Black Valentine- 60 days- A nice, green, snap bean with a very old history (pre-1850’s).  Seeds are black in color.  Flavor on black seeded types always seems to be more intense. 1 oz. Pkt. $1.75 LIMIT 1

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Blue Ribbon

Blue Ribbon- 55 days- Heavy producer of uniform,  6 inch green pods.  A superb bean and an excellent bush substitute for Jeminez.  The pods have purplish streaks and are a superb flat pod, romano type.  1 oz PKT. $3.50. Certified Organic Seed

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Clines Potato Patch

Clines Potato Patch- 65 days - Thick, heavy yielding plants of an old-fashioned string bean, white seeds.  Heirloom form North Carolina..

UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Contender

Contender- 47 days- Early, meaty pods.  Pods are curved.  Seeds are buffy tan in color.  Also known as Buff Valentine.  Resistant to several different viral diseases.  Introduced in 1949. 1 oz. Pkt. $1.75; 4 Pkts./$6.00

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Dutch Caseknife

Dutch Caseknife-60 days- fat green pods  with large seeds.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Early Idaho

Early Idaho- 50 days- Very meaty, deep green pods.  Brownish colored seeds.  A selection I made some 25 years ago out of Landreth’s Green Pod.  Plants do well in cooler climates. 25 seeds  Pkt. $3.00  (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

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Farmer Fava

Farmer Fava-  80 days- oblong brown seed with dark brown stripes. Pods are thick and medium green in color.  Pkt 25 seeds $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

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Jade

Jade- 60 days- dark green 7 inch pods on sturdy plants. Pods are very straight. Seeds are greenish white.  Pkt. (25 seeds)  $2.50  . Certified Organic Seed

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Kentucky Wonder Bush

Kentucky Wonder Bush- 60 days- Tender, stringless, round, 6 to 8 inch pods, heavy yielder, brilliant carmine red seeds, introduced in the late 1800’s.  1 oz. Pkt. $2.50

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Magpie

Magpie- 65 days- 7 inch long slender green pods with black and white seeds.Seeds are long and thin. Originated in England  in 1909.  

UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Maxibel

Maxibel -  70 days- Filet type with very slender straight 7-8 inch pods .  Seeds are brownish with streaks. Pkt. ( 25 seeds)  $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

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Meiveille De Piemonte

Meiveille De Piemonte  - 60 days - Thick foliage and heavy yields of 4 to 5 inch green podded snap beans that can be used as a dry bean as well.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Minnie Dickerson Bush Cutshort

Minnie Dickerson Bush Cutshort- 70 days- large creamy tan seed in short fat pods. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Mrs. Martins Heirloom # 8

Mrs. Martins Heirloom # 8- 65 days- Oblong purplish brown seeds with streaks, deep green pods.  Pkt. ( 25 seeds) $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

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Mrs. Martins Heirloom #24

Mrs. Martins Heirloom #24 -65 days- a mixture of seed colors but produces all green podded snaps . UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021\

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Nickel

Nickel - 60 days - Typical petite, French Filet bean.  Deep green pods, harvest frequently for best flavor.  With all French filet beans, they must be picked frequently or they rapidly become tough.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00

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Porter Family

Porter Family- 70 days- Small tan seeds with black streaks. Pods are thina nd plentiful with a medium green color and of small size. From Elliot County Kentucky over 170 years ago.  Pkt. ( 25 seeds) $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

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Provider

Provider -  50 days - Introduced in 1965, 5 to 8 inch pods in clusters.   A very popular  green snap bean great for fresh use, canning and freezing.1 oz. Pkt. $1.75; 4 Pkts. $6.00

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Rattlesnake Bush

Rattlesnake Bush - 70 days- Bush version of the pole type. Pods are about 4 inches long and are green with purple streaks. Seeds are mauve with dark streaks.  1 ounce Pkt.  $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

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Red Fiolte

Red Fiolte-   55 days -  attractive white seeds with an off colored red orange pattern. Pkt. ( 25 seeds) $2.50 Certified Organic Seed.

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Red Peanut

Red Peanut -  Small round pink red seeds with pods that take ona pinkish cast as the beans grow and interacts.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00    Certified Organic Seed 

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Remus

Remus- 60 days-  6 to 7 inch green pods that tend to be produced at the top of the plant reducing damage in wet conditions.  White seeds.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021.

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Ribbon

Ribbon- 75 days- Very large  flat pods over 1 inch wide from 7 to 12 inches long. Plants must be supported or pods will rot. Seeds are tannish with stripes. Originally from the  collection of Robert Lobitz.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Richgreen

Richgreen- 57 days- productive  green pods  Pkt. ( 25 seeds) $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

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Roma II

Roma II  - 55 days - Smooth, wide pods, rust resistant, slow fiber development.  A good bush Romano type.  1 oz. Pkt. $2.25

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Seminole

Seminole- 65 days- Round green pods. Bred in Florida  in 1955. Purple -tan seeds with streaks. Does well in hot humid conditions. Pkt. (25 seeds)  $2.50 Certified Organic Seed UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Slenderette

Slenderette- 55 days- Long, glossy, dark green, smooth 6 inch pods.  Excellent for freezing as they hold color and texture well.  1 oz. Pkt. $1.75; 4 Pkts. $6.00

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Stolfus String

Stolfus String-70 days- Beautiful deep dark red pink large seeds with large deep red streaks. Large fat pods have reddish streaks, an old fashioned type dating to 1888.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Tenderette

Tenderette - 55 days - Excellent freezing type, straight green pods with white seeds.  1 oz. Pkt. $1.75; 4 Pkts. $6.00

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Tendergreen

Tendergreen- 58 days- Round podded 6 to 7 inch green bean.  Seeds are purple mottled with buff.  Introduced in 1922. 1 oz. Pkt. $1.75;  4 Pkts. $6.00

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Tenderpod

Tenderpod - 50 days-  a round green stringless type that has little fiber  so as the pods dry they shrink to tightly fit around the seed making seed extraction very challenging. Pkt. ( 25 seeds) $2.50 Certified Organic Seed.

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Thousand to One

Thousand to One - 50 days-  small seeds, tender fine pods. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Tigre

Tigre- Very attractive seed with a mixture of pink and purple . Pkt. 25 seeds $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

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Woods Mountain Crazy

Woods Mountain Crazy - 55 days - A widely adapted bush snap bean.  Seeds are striped.  Plants are vigorous and adapt to many conditions.  Pkt. (25 seeds) $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

BUSH WAX BEANS

(7 varieties to choose from) Photos of seeds until we get photos of pods at the edible stage. Prices updated until December 31,2021

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Beurre de Rocquencourt

Beurre de Rocquencourt- 55 days- A superb French heirloom.  Slender, pale yellow pods with a light, delicate flavor.   Seeds are very slender and a  deep black. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

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Brittle Wax

Brittle Wax - 53 days - Light golden pods, white seed with a black eye.  Introduced in 1901.  1 oz. Pkt. $1.50; 2 Pkts. $2.75

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Dragon Langerie

Dragon Langerie- 65 days- A flat podded, yellow wax bean with purple streaks.  Good flavor when eaten fresh from the garden, but not particularly good for freezing.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Goldcrop

Goldcrop- 55 days- Long, round shaped pods, stringless wax bean with white seeds.  1 oz. Pkt. $1.75;  4 Pkts. $6.00

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Hopson Silver Way

Hopson Silver Way- 70 days- Long pale yellow pods with pinkish white seeds with streaks.  This one seemed to be very late.  Pkt. 25 seeds $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Pencil Pod Black Wax

Pencil Pod Black Wax- 56 days- Round pod, bush, yellow wax  bean.  6 inch pods, black seeds.  Introduced in 1900.  All purpose old-time favorite.  1 oz. Pkt. $1.50; 4 Pkts. $5.00

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Pisarecka Zlutoluske

Pisarecka Zlutoluske- 48 days- Super early and very productive on small plants. Pods are round oval, 6 to 7 inches long  and a nice shade of yellow. Seeds are very colorful mottled tannish  burnt orange with white streaks, 6 to 7 seeds per pod. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021. We had a great crop going and then the Derecho and the plants were nearly totally destroyed. 

BUSH PURPLE PODDED BEANS

(8 varieties to choose from) We are showing seeds until we can get pictures taken in the field of the beans at edible stage. Updated for 2021

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Purple Dove

Purple Dove - 60 days - Round and flat shaped, 4 to 5 inch purple pods, plants are slight half runners.  A variety developed by the late Robert Lobitz. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Red Swan

Red Swan - 60 days - Short, pale reddish round pods on compact plants.  1 oz. Pkt.$3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Regal Improved

Regal Improved- 52 days- thick sprawling but not climbing vines that produce an abundance of purple with some green  streaks. Seed color  is slightly variable. We selected this one out of Regal Salad as it has larger plants and somewhat more productive.  1 oz. Pkt.  $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Regal Salad

Regal Salad- 55 days- Large, sprawling bush.  Purple pods in various shades. Very productive and tasty as well. A more slender version of Royalty Purple Pod. One of the tastiest beans we grow. A 2019 Master Gardener class tour on September 28 from a July 6 planting  voted this bean the tops of all seen for yield, appearance and flavor when raw.  Developed by Dr. Meader.  Dr. Meader was a famous plant breeder from the  1950's  onward. He worked on early , productive and multipurpose crops. 1 oz   Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed 

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Roberts Royalty

Royalty Purple Pod- 53 days- Good yields, turn from purple to vibrant green when cooked.  Very good taste. This is one fo the easiest beans to grow and tell when it is still tender and in prime edible condition They are also easy to see when harvesting and fun for children to learn garden skills.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Royalty Purple Pod

Royalty Purple Pod- 53 days- Good yields, turn from purple to vibrant green when cooked.  Very good taste. This is one of the easiest beans to grow and tell when it is still tender and in prime edible condition They are also easy to see when harvesting and fun for children to learn garden skills.  1 oz. Pkt. $1.75; 4 Pkts. $6.00

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Tennessee Indian Woman Purple

Tennessee Indian Woman Purple- 65 days- Sturdy bushes with  greenish purple pods. Seeds are fat and round tan with stripes.  Pkt. (25 seeds)  $3.00

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Velour

Velour-Purple podded filet type, very thin tender pods. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021  Certified Organic Seed.

pole snap beans

(43 varieties to choose from) Pictures of seeds will be replaced with edible pod stage as they become available. Updated for 2021.

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Alabama #1

Alabama #1- 75 days- Black seeded, disease resistant, purple streak on green pods. This bean has a unique trait where it will produce a crop, let them begin to ripen, and while they are ripening, continue to produce more and more beans for fresh eating.   Developed in 1963 in Auburn University in Alabama.   Pkt. ( 25 seeds) $3.00  Certified Organic Seed 

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Alice Whitis

Alice Whitis-  70 days- Vigorous vines, rose red seeds , medium green pods. Variety dates to 1930’s from Acorn, Kentucky.  1 oz. Pkt $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Annelino Verde (Green Annelino)

Annelino Verde (Green Annelino) - 80 days - A unique, Italian bean that has short, very curved pods.  Good yields and very unique both in shape and flavor.  Must be picked young before strings develop.  Extremely difficult to extract the seed from the pod - hence the higher price.  1 oz. Pkt. $2.75  Certified Organic Seed

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Aunt Lear

Aunt Lear-  80 days-  Moderate climber,  green  at edible stage about 4 to 5 inches long. Very fibrous as the pods mature. Beans are either tan or butterscotch in color. Originally from Wilbur Willowby in Kentucky dating to 1913. 1 oz. Pkt . $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Aunt Marges Black

Aunt Marges Black- 80 days- a nice green snap bean of the Kentucky Wonder type that has a long history in Tom Knoche’;s family. It was passed  down in Sue’s Tom’s wife's family for generations.  1 oz. Pkt  $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Barnes Mountain

Barnes Mountain - 70 days - This one caught me off guard for its vigor and ability to handle drought and poor soil.  Lack of ideal spots to plant, it got planted in nearly straight sand had minimal water and still grew like crazy.  Produces an abundance of nice, round, green podded beans that were 6 plus inches long.  This is a white seeded type with a history dating back to Kentucky.  

Pkt. 25 seeds $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

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Berrier Girls

Berrier Girls - 68 days- Vining old fashioned slightly string green bean. Seeds are streaked dark brown on pale lavender tan.  Bert Berrier was one of the early bean collectors in the Seed Savers Exchange. At one time he had many hundreds of beans. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Blue Lake Stringless

Blue Lake Stringless - 70 days - Common pole green snap bean with white seeds.  Heavy yields and a common type used for canning and freezing 1 oz. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

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Blue Marbut

Blue Marbut - 70 days - A colorful, tasty, southern heirloom brought to our attention by Darrel Jones.  Colorful purplish stems and purple tint to the leaves.  Tasty, purple streaked green pods.  1 oz. Pkt. $2.75; 2 Pkts. $4.25  Certified Organic Seed

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Brown Cornfield

Brown Cornfield- 75 days- shaded so brown seed with nice green pods.   Does well on corn for a place to climb.  Did exceptionally well in 2019 , pods are large and meaty. 1 oz pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Cherokee Little Cornfield

Cherokee Little Cornfield-  75 days- Tom Knoche loved to collect cornfield beans and varieties from the Cherokee.  This is a huge mixture of colors and sizes of seeds, very attractive in the jar.  This is a dual purpose bean as would most Native American types would be.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic  Seed

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Connecticut Wonder

Connecticut Wonder- 75 days-  a large nearly flat green podded meaty bean with  good vine strength. Probably should be in the romano group but it is an amazing bean. Planted in 2019 on July 6 by the middle of September it was nearly breaking down the bean fence with heavy pods. It is not very seedy and pods are variable from a light green to a lemon yellow.  Pkt. ( 25 seeds) $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

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Connecticut Wonder Pink

Pink seeded version of Connecticut Wonder similar in type with lime green to almost pale yellow pods.  Pkt. ( 25 seeds) $2.50 .Certified Organic Seed

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Fortex

Fortex- 70 days- Long, French stringless filet type bean.  Dark colored seeds.  While we will continue to offer this as it is so popular, I do sincerely feel guilty as it does not do well here in this part of Iowa.  Of the over 400 varieties of beans that we grow, it is the one that constantly succumbs to insects, shows lack of vigor when climbing, vines break off in the wind, and numerous other issues.  I have babied it, provided extra fertilizer, you name it.  Still it will rank last in yield to all the beans we grow each year.  1 oz.  Pkt. $3.00 

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Fortex Cross

Fortex Cross - 70 days - A cross from Darrel Jones that is higher yielding and hardier than the regular Fortex.  Seeds are multi-colored, bean pods are both green and purple.  Tolerates a range of temperatures and still bears well.  1 oz. Pkt. $2.50

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Frank Barnett

Frank Barnett - 75 days - A shorter, pole type that has brown seeds and does very well on poorer soils.  6 plus inches green, round pods.  An heirloom sent to us by George McLaughlin of Oklahoma.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Hick

Hick-80 days- Brown seeds, deep green pods, fast growing vines very  productive.  1 oz. Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed 

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Hickman

Hickman- 65 days- Usually brown seeded, occasional other colors can be found. Green tinged with purple pods are 6 to 7 inches long. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed 

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Kentucky Stick

Kentucky Stick- 70 days- a vigorous climber with some variability in seed color but the seed type primarily resembles a pinto bean with streaks on a base purplish mauve color. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00   Certified Organic Seed

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Kentucky Wonder

Kentucky Wonder- 73 days- Rich flavored, deep green pole bean.  Brown seeds.  1 oz. Pkt. $1.75; 4 Pkts. $6.00

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Krugers Speckled Caseknife

Krugers Speckled Caseknife- 80 days-  not a true caseknife but a nice green podded snap bean. Some seed variability but a real producer in 2018. 1 oz. Pkt $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

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Landfrauen

Landfrauen- 75 days- a slightly streaked green podded snap bean with  good vine strength. Originally from  Switzerland,  ( 25 seeds) Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Lawrence County Kentucky-  75 days- Green pods, small speckled mauve tan seeds. A heavy producer of smaller sized pods.  1 Oz. Pkt.  $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

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Logan Giant

Logan Giant- 70 days- productive climber producing many 4-6  inch pods with fat full sized beans of a brownish shade. good flavor   1 oz Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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McCaslan 42

McCaslan 42 - 70 days - Vigorous and productive with medium green, broad flat pods with white seeds.  1 oz.  Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Meeks Running

Meeks Running - 80 days - Long, skinny, dark green with purple tinge.  Good substitute for Fortex.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed SOLD OUT AS OF FEBRUARY 20, 2021

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Mountaineer Half Runner

Mountaineer Half Runner- 65 days- Short pole type, thick pods, greenish yellow in color, white seeds. Very heavy yields. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00. Certified Organic Seed

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Neckarkonigan

Neckarkonigan- 75 days- Green companion to Neckargold.  Fleshy, 9 inch green pods, white seeds.  Good for French style slicing. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Nicks Black Italian

Large seeds most likely a dual purpose snap and shell bean. Meaty pods.  Pkt. (25 seeds) $2.50.  Certified Organic Seed.

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Ohio Pole

Ohio Pole- 70 days-  a large seeded fat podded green snap bean with vigorous climbing vines. The seeds are a beautiful  combination of colors on each bean. The beans are not a mix of colors but each bean is brightly colored.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Pennsylvania Brown

Pennsylvania Brown- 78 days- good climber that produces  good yields of meaty green pods about 6 inches long. Seeds are a deep brown in color.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

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Potomac

Potomac-- 65 days-  strong climber that produces high yields of 6 inch slightly curved green beans with deep black seeds, History traces to prior to 1860.1 oz Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Poverina

Poverina-  80 days- Vigorous pole with long green pods. Oblong seed is mauve with dark purple streaks. Sent to us by Ron and Nancy Hendrickson of Ohio from their Italian friend. Pkt. ( 25 seeds). Pkt $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Ramshorn

Ramshorn- 85 days-  Large oval pods are purple streaked on  huge vines. Kidney bean shaped with mauve  background. 1 Oz. Pkt.  $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

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Rattlesnake

Rattlesnake- 77 days- Nice purple streaked, green podded, very flavorful snap bean.  Moderate climber to 6 feet.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Ritchie

Ritchie- 70 days- pale olive tan seeds that are rather large and this  one also works well as a green shell. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

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Sicitalian Black Swamp

Sicitalian Black Swamp- 80 days - This is an interesting bean because the seeds are nearly round.  It produces good flavored beans for green snaps that are especially good frozen and then thawed and cooked.  This bean is well adapted to northern tier states, but is also productive in the deep south.  Pkt. ( 25 seeds). $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

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Striped Bunch

Striped Bunch - 75 days - A true half runner with runners up to 5 feet long.  Productive, round 5 to 6 inch pods.  Good for green beans and outstanding pickled. Pkt. ( 25 seeds)  

$2.50 Certified Organic Seed

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Swayback

Swayback-   75 days- Vigorous vines producing many green “bent” pods. Bean pods are green in color and appear curved.  A Kentucky heirloom  from the Gamble family collected by John Edgerton of Indiana in the  mid 1980‘s. White seeds.  1 oz. Pkt $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Tobacco Worm

Tobacco Worm- 75 days- An old fashioned, southern bean.  White seeded, productive.  Thick meaty green pods  that stand up to the heat well.  1 oz. Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

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Turkey Craw

Turkey Craw- 85 days- Productive old-fashioned string bean with a slight stripe.  Seeds are a beautiful buff frosted tan color.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

Pole Romano Beans

8 varieties to choose from)  As pictures become  available will change seeds with edible pod stage. Updated for 2021.

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Aunt Mary’s Meat

Aunt Mary’s Meat - 80 days - A truly unique bean shared with us from Ron and Nancy Hendrickson.  A most impressive size and the flavor is great.  The widest, thickest pods of any Romano bean I have seen.  Large, dark black seeds that add a good flavor to the cooked beans.  Issue that makes this not a large scale bean is a rare genetic defect where the seeds tend to split open while ripening, making the germination difficult if not planted in very warm soil.  When planted in a good, warm soil germination is great.  Please do not plant too early. ( 25 seeds) Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Black Caseknife

Black Caseknife- 80 days - Large flattened green pods, ripen with large black seeds.  Very heavy yields of thick meaty pods. Very flavorful.  30 seeds Pkt. $3.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

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Dona Maria

Dona Maria- 65 days- Sparse foliage, but good yields of long, flat podded romano type white seeded beans.  Pkt. (25 seeds)  $3.00  Certified Organic  Seed  (Limit 1 Pkt.) SOLD OUT AS OF MARCH 20, 2021

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Italian

Italian- 75 days- Colorful romano type, pods are a bright green with deep purple streaks.  We are grateful to Ilona Sherrat for providing us with this wonderful heirloom. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Jeminez

Jeminez - 80 days- Red streaked romano-type bean.  Delicious, but hard to get seed from. 1 oz. Pkt $3.00 Certified Organic  Seed

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Rainbow Caseknife

Rainbow Caseknife-  80 days- a mix of pod colors, green, yellow and purple and a mix of seed colors. A nice  flavorful large flat podded romano beans.  Pkt. ( 25 seeds) $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Uncle Steve’s Italian Pole

Uncle Steve’s Italian Pole - 70 days - Unique, variegated green with purple stripes pole bean.  Beans are slightly curved at the end. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Virginia White

Virginia White - 63 days- another super high yielding, early  flat romano type bean from the collection of Tom Knoche. He originally obtained this from an Appalachian seed swap. I don't have small hands ( in fact XL gloves barely fit, some XL do not) and you can see how large the pods get .  1 oz. Pkt.  $3.00 Certified Organic Seed 

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White Caseknife

White Caseknife- 80 days- hard to describe whether  it is pale green or lemon yellow as you can see both shades in these fabulous tasting, high yielding flat romano type beans.  1 oz. Pkt.  $3.00 Certified Organic Seed 

Pole Wax Beans

5 varieties to choose from) Pictures of seeds will be replaced with edible stage as they become available. Updated for 2021.

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Barksdale

Barksdale- 75 days- 6 to 8 inch long flat yellow pods, super heavy yields,white seeds. Originated in the Salem, Illinois area.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00

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Gold Marie

Gold Marie - 65 days - Early, productive flat yellow wax bean.   Pkt. ( 25 seeds)  $3.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

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Kentucky Wonder Wax

Kentucky Wonder Wax - 73 days- Very long, flat butter yellow pods on strong climbing vine.  Very good for freezer.  1 oz. Pkt. $1.75 4 Pkts. $6.00

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Marengo Romano

Marengo Romano - 70 days - Nice, flat pod wax Romano. ( 25 SEEDS)  Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Neckargold

Neckargold - 65 days- this bean has long been a favorite of mine. Yields are fabulous. Plants are vigorous with bright gold oval pods . A white seeded type from Europe.  Pkt. ( 25 seeds)  $2.50. Certified Organic SeedSOLD OUT AS OF MARCH 20, 2021

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(7 varieties to choose from) Pictures of seeds will be replaced with photos of edible stage as they become available. Updated for 2021

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Blauhilde

Blauhilde- 72 days-  Vigorous climber, deep purple pods.  German variety brought to us by our friend Tyler, when he visited relatives in Germany.  Very productive.   1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed 

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Escambia Purple

Escambia Purple-  83 days- a truly different purple podded bean with black seeds. This was sent to us by Robert Smiley in Alabama and the plants are almost reddish-purple when growing and then there are an abundance of purple pods.  Excellent flavor and tender when young but develops strings as they age. 1 oz $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Grandma Roberts Purple Pole

Grandma Roberts Purple Pole - 80 days - Vigorous and productive that tolerates heat well.  Also germinates well in cold soil. 25 seed Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic. Limit 1

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Grandma Roberts Tri-Color

Grandma Roberts Tri -Color- 80 days- Multi colored seed and pods. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Louisiana Purple Pod

Louisiana Purple Pod - 75 days - Heirloom that is fast growing, 7 to 8 inch practically stringless,  flat purple pods. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

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Purple King

Purple King- 75 days- Flatter purple pods, high yields.   Good tolerance to heat. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Zagrana of Nestos

Zagrana of Nestos- 75 days- productive red colored snap bean from Greece  pkt. 25 seeds $2.50  Certified Organic  Seed

Greasy/Cutshort Beans

( 25 varieties to chose from)

 

This is a special grouping of beans that  are for the most part all very heavy yielding pole beans with short fat pods borne in clusters. While they are some of the highest yielding types we have they are not  for everyone.  The flavor is fantastic but the occasional strings bother some. While we encourage everyone to try a few, we recommend start small and expand as your taste buds  expand. This group was my late friend Tom’s favorite beans for fresh eating. They are more popular in the Appalachian region of the country.Pictures of seeds will be replaced with photos of edible pod stage as they become available.

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Amish Gnuttle

Amish Gnuttle- 80 days - one of the most beautiful beans with the greyish background and pink speckling on small very shiny seeds. Pods are 3-4 inches long, in bunches as are most cut short types.   1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Baker Pole

Baker Pole- 80 days-  Variable short to long pods. Greasy type with white seeds. 1 oz. Pkt $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Black Cutshort

Black Cutshort- 80 days-  Black seeded cutshort with deep green pods. 1 oz. Pkt $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Black Greasyback Cornfield

Black Greasyback Cornfield-   80 days-  a black seeded version of the common white seeded type. Expect some variation. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Black Greasy

Black Greasy- 65 days- Slightly variable, but productive, rich flavor, deep shiny black seeds.  Pods have a purplish cast on deep green.  This variety is known for its tendency to produce numerous off types.  When my friend Tom selected this he selected  it from a white greasy bean  and it has never seemed to totally stabilize. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Blue Greasy Grit

Blue Greasy Grit - 70 days - Small pods, heavy producer, bluish/black seeds, green pods.  One of the old fashioned, tasty heirlooms.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Brown Speckled Greasy

Brown Speckled Greasy- 73 days- 3.5 inch pods contain 8 round brown speckled seeds.  A cutshort type pole snap bean.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Early Pink Tip Greasy

Early Pink Tip Greasy- 70 days- very shiny looking seed typical of the greasy beans. Pods are of medium length  and  a paler green. Pkt.  ( 25 seeds)  $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Grady Bailey Greasy

Grady Bailey Greasy- 75 days- thick production of small smooth pods of medium green color. An heirloom from Polk County North Carolina.   1 oz Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Grease

Grease- 80 days-  Round small seeded tan seeds with dark tan streaks. Pods are small and medium green in color.  1 oz Pkt.  $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

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Greasy Back Cornfield

Greasy Back Cornfield -  75 days - Heirloom pole snap bean, white seeds.  Grows well planted with corn and using the cornstalks as a pole to climb.   1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic See

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Honeycutt Pioneer Cutshort

Honeycutt Pioneer Cutshort- 77 days- 3 to 4 inch pods, excellent yielding, tender green pods with brown speckled seeds.    1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Large Early Greasy

Large Early Greasy - 80 days - Very productive white seeded greasy type.  Pods are deep green.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Large Late Greasy

Large Late Greasy- 90 days, later and typical of greasy beans  does well once it cools off in the late summer.  One that Tom originally got from North Carolina 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Little Greasy

Little Greasy- 75 days-  White oblong seeds short fat pods. Pkt. (25 seeds) $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

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Myers Striped Greasy

Myers Striped Greasy- 75 days-  Small tan seeds with dark brown streaks. 1 oz. Pkt $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Ohio Cutshort

Ohio Cutshort- 80 days- 3 to 4 inch pods, high yields of tender  green pods.  Pole bean.  1 oz. Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Old Time Cutshort

Old Time Cutshort- 75 days- 3 to 4 inch pods, high yields, speckled seeds.  Tender green pods.  1 oz. Pkt. $2.00; 4 Pkts./$7.50  Certified Organic Seed

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Pink Tip Greasy

Pink Tip Greasy - 80 days - Typical greasy bean with white seeds.  Pods are 3 to 4 inches long, prolific as are most greasy beans.  1 oz. Pkt.  $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Red Greasy

Red Greasy- 85 days- a red seeded very productive  green  podded bean. Certified Organic Seed. 1 oz Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Striped Greasy Cutshort

Striped Greasy Cutshort- 75 days-  very productive and vigorous, seeds are striped and small and the typical cutshort small pods in bunches. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Striped Hull Greasy

Striped Hull Greasy-  75 days - White seeds, pods are streaked.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Tennessee Cutshort

Tennessee Cutshort- 72 days- Sent to us by George McLaughlin.  This is a prolific cutshort type bean, but slightly larger with brown seeds.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Tennessee Greasy

Tennessee Greasy- 70 days- A true mix.  I tried for over 10 years to segregate this.  I’ve concluded that it is a true mixture.  Seeds are various colors as well as having pods of various shapes and textures.  Beans can be used both in the green snap stage and dried for soup.  Ornamental and colorful.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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White Greasy

An extremely productive greasy  type with many pods and continuous production, 1 oz. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Runner Beans

Phaseolus coccineus
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Golden Sunshine

Golden Sunshine - 80 days - Large masses of scarlet flowers on greenish yellow foliage, 6 to 8 inch flat green pods.  Plants get 6 feet tall.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00

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Insuks Wang Kong

Insuks Wang Kong- 80 days - A true red flowering runner bean.  I used to raise runner beans with great success in Idaho, but fail frequently with all types here in Iowa except for this one.  Vigorous, colorful and productive, but a mix of seed colors.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021.

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Painted Lady

Painted Lady - 75 days - Beautiful red and white flowers producing 10 inch thick podded beans that have pinkish brown seeds with dark streaks.  First introduced in 1855.  Pkt. (15 seeds)  $3.50  Certified Organic Seed

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Sunset

Sunset - 70 days - A truly unique selection with peach colored blossoms.  Nice yields of 6 inch green flat pods.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 - 70 days - A truly unique selection with peach colored blossoms.  Nice yields of 6 inch green flat pods.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00

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White Emergo

White Emergo - 80 days - Tolerates heat better than most runners, white flowers.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021

ORIENTAL SNAP

These are the same species as cowpeas but produce a tender tasty long snap bean.

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Black Seeded Yardlong

Black Seeded Yardlong- 80 days- a high yielding  asparagus  bean type that is not the same as the others. Obtained from a local family here in Calamus that came from seed brought  from China. Plants are early producers and continuous  production throughout the season. Some beans easily get over 2 feet long and are still edible. Pkt. ( 25 seeds) $3.00 Certified Organic Seed.

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Red Noodle

Red Noodle - 75 days - Pole type.  Vigorous vines, heavy producer of purple/red, small seeded, yardlong beans. these are gorgeous on a fence for ornamental purposes and tasty as well.  Pkt. (25 seeds) $3.00  Certified Organic Seed  

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Yardlong

Yardlong- 84 days- Pole type.  Plants produce vigorous vines that produce long skinny pods of a  unique, unusual flavor for beans.  Use as a fresh snap bean.  Seeds are small.  Pkt. (25 seeds) $3.00  Certified Organic Seed