Pole Snap Beans

(43 varieties to choose from) Pictures of seeds will be replaced with edible pod stage as they become available. Updated for 2020.

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  SOLD OUT AS OF APRIL 25, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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 

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

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


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


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

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

Kentucky Wonder

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

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


Landfrauen- 75 days- a slightly streaked green podded snap bean with  good vine strength. Originally from  Switzerland,  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Lawrence County Kentucky

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

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

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

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

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


Neckarkonigan- 75 days- Green companion to Neckargold.  Fleshy, 9 inch green pods, white seeds.  Good for French style slicing.  Pkt. ( 25 seeds) $3.50 Certified Organic Seeds

Nicks Black Italian

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

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

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


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


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


Ramshorn- 85 days-  Large oval pods are purple streaked on  huge vines. Kidney bean shaped with mauve  background. Pkt. (25 seeds) $2.50  Certified Organic Seed


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Virginia Brown

Virginia Brown -78 days- good climber that produces  good yields of meaty green pods  with brown seeds.Pods are about 6 inches long. This is a West Virginia heirloom originally form Benny Michiti of Virginia. It traces back to the 1800’s.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Virginia White

Virginia White -78 days- good climber that produces  good yield s of meaty green pods  with white  seeds. Pods are about 6 inches long.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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