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Dry Beans

- Phaseolus vulgaris - The common bean is among the very easiest of crops to grow. Snap bean varieties are tender and (mostly) stringless when young, while dry bean varieties are particularly productive when allowed to mature and fully dry. That said, any type of snap bean can also be used as a dry bean, and vice versa! 

A pretty incredible source of homegrown protein. In terms of farm-scale and community-scale food self-sufficiency, beans are hard to beat. 

Bush vs Pole: Beans can be broadly divided to these two categories based on growth habit. Bush beans are just that; they grow into self-supporting bushes. While pole beans need additional support; they'll twine up any trellis or stick they can get their vines on, often reaching 6-8' tall or more. Pole beans are undoubtedly more productive, but bush beans are less work and lend themselves better to scale. And then just to make matters less clear-cut; some varieties are semi-runners, with short vines and optional staking needs. 

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  • Fundy Amethyst Bean

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    I'm very excited to finally share these seeds! Developed here on the farm, from a purple off-type of Candy Bean that I spotted in 2010. Heavy yield...

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    (Pole bean) Big round beans of the deepest dark red. A very old variety. It was recorded growing in 1700's Maine, although it's almost certainly a ...

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    (Bush Bean) Excellent eaten in the snap stage and also makes a beautiful dry bean (blue jay colours). Originally developed by Russ Crow in Michigan...

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  • Haudenosaunee Skunk Bean

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    (Pole Bean) Beautiful heirloom variety grown by Haudenosaunee farming communities for many centuries. Productive and vigorous vines that are well a...

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  • Eclipse Black Turtle Bean

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    Heavy yielding and hardy selection of the classic black turtle bean. Very productive bush plants. 60-70 seeds (15 g)-Grown by Broadfork Farm

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    (Half-runner Bean) Extremely pretty purple blushed beans. Soft and fine and perfect for baking. Quite rare. Productive vining plants, staking is op...

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  • Greek Gigante Runner Bean

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    Phaseolus coccineus - Truly gigantic white beans. They swell up even more when cooked, becoming soft clouds which basically fill a whole spoon. Tal...

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  • Kahnawake Mohawk Bean

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    (Pole Bean) These are among the most beautiful of our dry beans. The large orb-shaped beans are painted with two-shades of earth tones, with a dark...

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  • Winks' Jacob's Cattle Bean

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    (Bush Bean) A local Nova Scotia strain of the popular Jacob’s Cattle. Grown by Winks Gillis of West Dalhousie, Annapolis County, for decades. It di...

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  • Canadian Wild Goose Bean

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    Early and abundant harvests of small grey-speckled beans. Self supporting bush plants which send out half-runners; they'll tangle together but stak...

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  • Fort Portal Jade Bean

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    (Pole bean) Spectacular jade-green. These beauties caught the attention of everyone who saw them at harvest time. Productive climbing plants. Later...

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  • Candy Bean

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    (Semi-runner bean) Among my personal favourite dry beans. Large red striped beans, reminiscent of peppermint candies. Short vines, they sprawl a co...

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  • Saturday Night Special Bean

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    Wee little white pea-beans, ideal for baked beans. Compact bush plants produce a bounty, and dry down early and evenly. 40-50 seeds (10 g)Grown by ...

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  • Kodiak Pinto Bean

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    (Bush Bean) Medium sized round pinto beans on half-runner plants. Plants will vine a few feet, but I've found staking to be not needed. Productive ...

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  • Blue Speckled Tepary Bean

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    Phaseolus acutifolius - Tepary beans are a different species than the common bean (Phaseolus acutifolius, instead of Phaseolus vulgaris). An ancien...

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  • Mostoller Wild Goose Bean

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    (Pole) Beautiful round earth-toned beans. Tall and immensely productive vines. Their story goes that in 1865 the Mostoller boys (John and David) sh...

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  • Tiger Eye Bean

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    (Bush) aka: Pepa de Zapallo. Beautiful large kidney shaped beans. Maroon streaks and swirls on a rich orange background. Among the most productive ...

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  • Rattlesnake Bean

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    (Pole bean) Long, round and stringless green beans with purple striping. The finest fresh harvest bean at Twisted Brook, and also excels for freezi...

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  • King of the Early Bean

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    (Bush Bean) Early, dependable and productive. These large mottled red beans really swell up when soaked. The ideal baking bean. 20-30 seeds (15 g)-...

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  • Light Red Kidney Bean

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    Beautiful light red (nearly pink) beans, ideal for baking and soups. Large yields from bush plants. 20-30 seeds (15 g)-Grown by Broadfork Farm

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  • Succotash Bean

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    (Pole Bean) Beautiful deep-purple seeds resemble kernels of corn, totally unique. Grown for centuries by the Narragansett tribe of what is now Rhod...

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  • Mennonite Bean

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    (Bush Bean) - Small yellow bean, the perfect variety for baked beans. Dependable and early maturing bush plants. 30-50 seeds (15 g)-Grown by Annapo...

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  • Mitla Black Tepary Bean

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    Phaseolus acutifolius - Big yields of small shiny black beans. Vigourous semi-runner plants, with vines about 3’ long. I prefer to let the short vi...

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  • Low's Champion Bean

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    (Bush Bean) - Vibrant deep-red round beans. An heirloom bush bean from New England, offered by the Aaron Low Seed Company in 1884. However it's bel...

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