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Goldener Regen

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Dry. Another of several varieties sourced for me during the winter of 2013 by Harriet Mella of Austria from Deaflora seeds in Germany.

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Golden Valley

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. Approximately 85 days to first dry pods. Another of the Robert Lobitz named and introduced varieties. Robert having been a member of the Seed Savers Exchange based in Decroah, Iowa. First released this bean to the public through the Seed Savers Exchange yearbook in the early 2000's. Productive plants grow to about 18 inches in height. 6 inch solid green pods average 5 seeds per pod.

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Good Mother Stallard

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Dry. 95+ days to dry seed. Strong climber to about 6 feet. Very attractive seed. Stewed beans have a reported creamy texture.

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Goose Cranberry

Packet Size 25 seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. 85 days. A red horticultural type. I had grown this before back in the late 70's. There is no known history of this variety.

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Graines de Cafe

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Dry. Sent to me as a gift by an Austrian gardener Harriet Mella. It's name basically translates into English as Coffee Beans. Very productive. The growing of just 8 plants in 2014 produced nearly 2 pounds (910 grams) of the beautiful beans.

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Grandma's Shell

( Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50 )

Bush productive red horticultural variety grows without runners. Large plump oval dark red seed mottled with light tan. Dries pods a little later than most early dry bean types. Once a part of John Withee's Wanigan bean collection.

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Great Lakes Special

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. First dry pods in about 90 days. Large wide productive plants 22 inches in height. A Robert Lobitz named and introduced variety.

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Greek Cypriot

Packet Size 20 seeds $3.50

Pole/Snap. I don't know anything of this beans history at this point in time. I can tell you that it was sent to me by a Candian gardener who lives on Victoria Island. This lady only sends me beans that she feels are really good.

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Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Snap. About 90 days for dry beans 50 to 60 days for green snaps. Excellent green flat pods with heavy yields that mature nearly at once. This is one of my favorite old commercial varieties still sold today. Released to the public in 1956. Bred by Albert F. Yaeger and Elwyn Meader at the USDA facility of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. A 1957 AAS winner. A cross between Bountiful and Streamliner, and widely adapted.

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Green Savage

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole Green Snap. Bred by the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station in Baton Rouge and released by Reuter Seed Co. in 1949. A cross between Savage Wonder and Canfreezer. It's a southern adapted bean noted for being stringless, high yielding and high quality and straight podded with bean rust resistance. Grew outstandingly well here in my 2018 northern Illinois garden.

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Hanna Hank

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Snap. 70 to 80 days to first snaps. Acquired this bean from a Seeds Of Diversity Canada member from London, Ontario who sourced the variety from Hanna Hank's family. Upon seeing photos of this seed on various websites the bean struck me as to how similar it looked to a bean John Withee carried in his Wanigan catalog called Ramshorn which I had also grown in the early 80's.

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Haricot Crevette

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Half Runner/Dry. French variety. Comes to me via a New South Wales, Australia resident. Plants productivity beneifits from grow on supports

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Hashuli Brown And White


Pole/Dry. The variety was purchased in a market in Tbilisi, Georgia by American seed and plant collector Joseph Simcox (The Botanical Explorer). The seller had told Joseph that the bean came from a village called Hashuli hence the name. The bean is a very uncommon form even for Georgia.

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Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. A new bean I've had my eye on for a couple of years seems stable enough to offer to bean lovers. This bean is a distant relative of White Robin that I started growing in 2012.

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Heiling's Bean

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. I have loved this bean since first seeing it on a trip to my brother's house in Browerville, Minnesota, October 1978. Grown in their garden that summer. They got it from a neighbor. A sweet lady by the name of Kate Heiling. Kate didn't remember what it was called. So I named it Heiling's Bean. For a bush variety I have seen other round white beans close in size, but this one always seems just a bit larger.

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Pole/Dry. A gift from a gardener in Germany to my Austrian friend Harriet Mella, and then gifted to me.

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Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Dry. 93 days to first dry seeds. Early for a pole variety. Very productive. Began as an outcross and named by me. Now seems stable. Good for soups and baked bean dishes.

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Hodson Wax

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Bush/Snap/Wax. First offered to the public by the Harvey Seed Company of Buffalo, New York in 1902. The variety had resembled Hodson a green podded bean, and may have been a sport of that variety. Listed by the Henderson Seed Company in 1906, and by 1921 was being sold by over 100 seed companies. My acquired seed sample failed to grow.

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Holy Bean

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Snap/Dry? The seedcoat is very similar to Leslie Tenderpod. This climber comes to me via the Central Tree Crops Research Trust in New Zealand from their New Zealand Bean Project. Thanks to Mark Christensen, Research Director of the Trust for being a willing bean swapper.

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Horn Speckled

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Lima. 110+ days to first dry seeds. Short pods not as flattened as most limas. Plants are a prolific bearer of pods. I had grown this variety in the 1980's. Obtained it from a SSE member, but never kept of a record of who it was from.

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Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. Blossom: White. 80+ days for dry seed. Productive sprawling plants which are drought tolerant with round pods that are easy to shell. This one was originally acquired from the Henry Doubleday Research Association in the days when Patrick Hughes was it's director. Today HDRA is known as Garden Organic.

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Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Lima. This is a lima discovered here in 2014 that comes out of Stevenson's lima. It's very productive. Lots of small pods with about three beans per pod. I personally like white beans as you can add any flavor to them without the bean overpowering your flavor.

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Packet Size 40 Seeds $3.50

Semi-Runner/Snap. 55 days to snaps and 95 days to dry beans. Considered a wax variety although I don't know why. The pods are not yellow, but a very light green nearly white. Small very productive plants with a slight vining habit.

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Idaho Refugee

Packet Size 30 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Snap. Idaho Refugee was bred by Walter Pierce and J.C. Walker. A mosaic resistant bush type released through the University of Idaho, and an All American Selections winner in 1934. This variety was one of the first BCMV resistant varieties created as the result of deliberate breeding. Parentage is Corbett Refugee and Stringless Green Refugee. Idaho Refugee was used in the breeding of 12 newer varieties released in the 1940's and 50's.

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Illinois Snap

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Bush/Snap. Upright plants without runners. Green oval pods. Discovered in 1979 named by me as an outcross occurring in the mid 70's, and now stable. Grown in 2014 to test it's eating qualities. Found to be stringless, and tender with more body, than many snap varieties, and of excellent flavor.

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Illinois Wax

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Wax. Yellow podded snap bean. Upright plants grow without runners. This is the sister companion to Illinois snap. A product of my gardens and named by me in the late 70's. Grown for the beans eating qualities in 2014. Found to be tender and stringless with good snap bean flavor.

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Illinois Wild Goose

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Dry. About 104 days to dry seed. Discovered in my bean gardens back in 1979, and named by me. Referenced in my bean book "Hill Of Beans" which can be viewed at SSE's Heritage Farm Library. No record of what variety it was found in. I liked the story of the Mostoller Wild Goose and liked the wild goose names. So I decided that I wanted to get into the wild goose naming business at least one time.

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Improved Golden Wax

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Snap/Wax 90 days to dry seed, 55 days to medium yellow pods. Excellent snap bean for freezing. Seeds look very much like Topnotch wax, white with brown figure around the eye. Said to be a different variety than Topnotch. Pods seemed they could be a bit more flattened.

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Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. 90+ days to first dry seed. Red Kidney type seed with large tall plants about 24 inches high.

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Indian Mound

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Dry. I grew this bean in the early 80's. Had been traded around by Seed Saver Exchange members from 1983-89 before disappearing from the yearbook. It was listed on my bean wants list in the yearbook. Suddenly this year an Oregon SSE member sent it to me and said he had been keeping it since the mid 1980's. He had difficulty keeping it more productive in his Oregon climate. Maturity time has been described from 90 to 120 days. That could be for shelly's or for longer maturity time for dry beans.

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Irish Connors

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Snap/Dry. Ken Connors born in Ireland in 1898. His family emmirgrated to Boston in 1900 and moved again to New Brunswick, Canada in 1907. Eventually making their way to, and settling in the Vancouver B.C. area. All the while growing and taking their bean with wherever they went. The Plants have white blossoms and flattened 7-8 inch long pods.

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Iroquois Cornbread

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Dry. 105 days to first dry pods. Productive plants grow with straight pods. Used in traditional cornbreads. Iroquois nations had other names for this bean. Tuscorora Bread, and Skaroora Bread are just two more. From corn collector extraordinaire, and all around traditionl plant variety caretaker Stephen Smith of Guthrie, Kentucky.

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Jacob's Cattle Amish

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. Don't know if this is a Jacob's Cattle strain or just a look-a-like. From a gardener in the Netherlands. Longer more slender pods than the Jacob's Cattle, and more productive. The color pattern remains more true than does the strains of Jacob's Cattle grown in our very warm U.S. summers

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Jembo Polish


Pole/Large Seeded Snap. Productive plants produce tasty green snap pods. Collected this variety from Sea-Kangaroo at Bill Best's Sustainable Mountain Agricultural Center seed swap in October 2015.

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Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Snap. 60 days to first snaps. Vines can grow to 10 feet. However I have grown them on shorter single poles. Handsome green flattened pods nearly 10 inches to 1 foot long beocme brilliantly shaded in solid red as seeds mature. Bears over a long season. Also said to be good for delicious shell beans. Easy to hand shell as pod walls are thin.

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John's Bean

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. 85, Good short season dry bean. Very beautiful productive variety. Grown more extensively in Canada but does very well here in the U.S.

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Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. A beautiful bright pink seed. Especially when harvested new. Plants are very productive, healthy, and robust that grow to 24 inches tall. Seed pictured was grown in the 2013 growing season. From the seed collection of Astid Storm of Jevenstedt, Germany.

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Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Dry. Productive. From the area of the Siberian town for which it gets it's name. Produces short wide pods with red streaks as seed inside begins to mature. Beans are large.

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Kay Snap

Packet size 25 seeds $3.50

Bush/Snap. 85 days to first dry pods, and about 50 days to green round podded snaps. Seed mother is Kishwaukee Green.

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Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. 85 days to dry beans. Another variety of the large bean legacy left behind by the late Robert Lobitz of Paynesville, Minnesota. Named after Keewatin, Minnesota located in Itasca county. Robert named most of his beans for towns and places in his state.

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Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. 85 days to dry beans. Another of the yellow eye types bred in Kentville Nova Scotia Research Center to ripen the seed crop nearly all at once. My original source for seed of this bean comes from the Ozark Seed Bank.

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Kifl Mucko

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Dry. Gifted to me by Harriet Mella of Austria. A small cranberry cutshort type of seed. Very productive plants loaded with 2 and 1/2 to 3 inch (6 to 8cm) pods containing 6 to 7 seeds. The seeds give are tightly packed close together in their pods at maturity. These plants produce as much or more volume of beans than do many larger seeded varieties. Also well formed seed with hardly ever any rejects.

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Kishwaukee Yellow

Packet Size 35 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Wax Discovered, and named by me in 1977. Produces two other seed coat colors besides the photo. Believe it to be a cross of Cherokee Wax (seed mother) & Contender. Sold by Amy Hawk (Simply Beans) in Calhan, Colorado. In recent times Neil Lash in Maine grows the bean and lists it in the SSE yearbook. Was at one time a green podded companion called Kishwaukee Green. I named the beans after the Kishwaukee river (from the Potawatomi language means "river of the Sycamore") that flows through 3 northern Illinois counties.

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Kleine Soldatenboon

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. First dry pods in about 90 days. In English it's name translates to Small Soldier Bean. A lovely bean to be admired for it's own simple beauty. From a gardener in the Netherlands. Productive and excellent for stewing or baking where ever a white seeded bean would be required.

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Kneply's Forty Bushel

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. Blossom: White. 80 days to dry seed. Seedcoat color and seed shape suggests to me a yellow eye bean. An Ohio family heirloom grown by Clayton Kneply. Upright plants are disease and drought tolerant.

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Koronis Golden Navy

Packet Size 35 Seeds $3.50

Semi runner dry. First dry pods in 83 days. Pods dry sequentially. Compact productive plants produce short 4 inch pods that contain 3 to 4 small light golden yellowish seeds. A Robert Lobitz named and introduced variety.

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Koronis Purple

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.50

Bush Large Seeded Dry Bean. 85 days to dry seed. Blossom: purple-pink. Tall plants produce 6 and quarter inch pods. An original bean variety from the late Robert Lobitz of Paynesville, Minnesota.

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Koronis Three Islands

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. 94 Days to first dry pod in 2013. Blossom: Pale violet. 18 inch plants without runners produces short flat pods. I liked the way these plants continued to stand erect right on through the pod drying period during our 2013 growing season. Another of the bean originals by the Late Robert Lobitz. Introduced in 1997.

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Kretser Soldier

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush dry bean. Productive and grows without runners to about twenty inches tall. Plants, pods, and maturity similar in season with other soldier beans.

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Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Dry. 115 days to first dry 6 inch long and 3/4 inch wide pods some containing up to 5 seeds. Boldly marked seed seem to contrast more strongly than many horticultural types. From Søren Holt of Kastrup, Denmark. He had purchased these in a market in Irkutsk, Siberia.

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Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole Snap. 60 days to snaps. Plant produces long round green pods with purple stripping. A Swiss heirloom obtained From the Central Tree Crops Research Trust in New Zealand from their New Zealand Bean Project. It's German name translates to english as Country Woman. Possibly grown by farmers wives in kitchen gardens.

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La Pap

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Dry. The name translates as "The Pope". The figure on the seed supposedly is reminiscent of the Popes hat. From a Liebenfels, Austrian grower and bean trading friend Harriet Mella.

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Lavender Bush

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Snap. A very productive German variety that comes to me via a New South Wales, Australia resident.

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Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry A variety from Sweden bred by Ruurd Walrecht an early advocate and apostle of heritage varieties in the Netherlands who now lives in Sweden. The beans name means Stoat or Ermine. The weasel like animal native to Europe, Asia and North America. This beans parentage is Wieringer (a bean similar to Molasses Face) and Prairie Appaloosa (a bean that looks like Zuni Shalako).

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Leslie Tenderpod

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Snap. Very productive old time bean. 108 days for first dry seed. Round green 4 inch long pods wrinkle as they dry. From the mountain region of Eastern Kentucky.

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Lila Stuart

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry 90 to 110 days to dry seed. A bean from the Wanigan collection I originally grew back in the early 1980's. 18 inch tall plants (45cm). The bean comes out of early SSE member Ernest B. Dana's collection of Etna, N.H. in the 1970’s. Reacquired from an Oregon SSE member, who acquired it from a Washington SSE member, who originally got the bean from me. The circle has been completed.