Specializing in rare and endangered heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seed.

Heirloom/Heritage Bean Seed

(Phaseolus vulgaris)

All of our seed is open pollinated, non-hybrid, non-GMO, untreated, natural heirloom seed.

a white colored heirloom bean.

Lena's Bean

A Heritage Harvest Exclusive! A few years ago Brian Porter of Regina sent me some of these beans to preserve. Brian shared with me the following history. "In consultation with a lady named Anne (now about 83), from whom I obtained the seeds about twice in the past decade, she confirmed that she obtained the seed from her friend Lena of Regina. Lena or her family received the seeds during the "Dirty Thirties" as part of a relief package from the federal government. Apparently these seeds were distributed as cooking beans and Lena or possibly her mother decided to grow some for themselves rather than cook them all." Lena's Beans are extremely productive and can be grown as a twining bush or a shorter pole variety. The plants are also disease tolerant and produce many white seeds that can be used for baking. I am very happy to be able to offer this exciting piece of Canadian history!

"A Heritage Harvest Seed Exclusive!"

  • Type: Pole
  • Days to Maturity: 85 days for dry beans
  • Package Qty: 25 seeds
  • Price: $3.95
a tan colored heirloom bean with dark zebra markings.

Light Brown Zebra

A beautiful bean that has dark zebra markings on the seed. It is excellent used in any recipe that calls for pinto beans. The plants are very productive.

  • Type: Bush
  • Days to Maturity: 95 days for dry beans
  • Package Qty: 50 seeds
  • Price: $3.95
a ivory colored heirloom bean.

Limelight 1968

Developed at the Lethbridge Research Station and released in 1968. A selection of "Princess of Artois" with larger seeds and pods. The beans are used in the green shell stage and have a flavor and appearance similar to Lima Beans. Limelight did very well for me and was very productive with no signs of disease. Seeds are an ivory white color when dry. This variety was once carried by seed companies but has now become EXTREMELY RARE.

  • Type: Bush
  • Days to Maturity: 70-80 days for dry beans
  • Package Qty: 50 seeds
  • Price: $3.95
a tan colored heirloom bean with dark zebra markings.

Little White Rice

An old heirloom with very tiny white thin seed. Great for casseroles and other dishes where their rich taste can be appreciated. A very interesting variety that takes a long time to shell! LOW QUANTITY!

"Not Available for 2014"

  • Type: Bush
  • Days to Maturity: 95 days for dry beans
  • Package Qty: 20 seeds
  • Price: $3.95
a black and white colored heirloom bean.

Littlefield's Special

Similar to Jacob's Cattle except the colors are black and white instead of burgundy and white. Early and a good baking bean.RARE!

  • Type: Bush
  • Days to Maturity: 95 days for dry beans
  • Package Qty: 50 seeds
  • Price: $3.00
a mahogany red colored heirloom bean.

Low's Champion (pre 1884)

Introduced in 1884 by the Aaron Low Seed Company. More than likely an old Indian bean. Beautiful mahogany red oval beans are delicious as dried beans and the pods are good as a snap if picked young. Early bush bean. Excellent. RARE.

"Out of Stock"

  • Type: Early Bush Bean
  • Days to Maturity: 100 days for dry beans
  • Package Qty: 25 seeds
  • Price: $3.95
Heirloom Bean - Maccarone

Maccarone

This long slender heirloom snap bean originates from Italy. The pods are flavorful when young and the most interesting thing about this bean are the seeds which are long and thin with white on one end and darker mottling on the other end. Beautiful seed!

  • Type: Bush
  • Days to Maturity: 70 days for snaps
  • Package Qty: 50 seeds
  • Price: $3.95
Heirloom Bean - Mandan Black

Mandan Black

For years I have been looking for the Mandan Black bean which was thought to be extinct. I knew that there was a good chance that it still existed somewhere, probably under another name. The only known specimens were at a Gene Bank in the United States and they were too old to germinate. This rare variety was hiding for years in a safe at the Kansas Historical Society labeled Mexican Black "Mandan Black". Several of the red Mexican varieties are similar to the Hidatsa Red Bean so it makes sense that these Mexican beans eventually made it to more Northern areas and were grown by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Indians. These small black beans are extremely prolific with short vines that you would expect from a native variety. EXTREMELY RARE.

  • Type: Vining Bush
  • Days to Maturity: 100 days for dry beans
  • Package Qty: 50 seeds
  • Price: $3.95
a small beige colored heirloom bean with brown stripes.

Mary Ison's Little Brown Bunch

One of my favorites! This very productive bean produces loads of extremely small 3 inch pods on bush plants with short runners. The small seed is beige with brown stripes and is adorable. A unique variety that can be used for baking. Low quantity.

  • Type: Bush Bean
  • Days to Maturity: 100 days for dry beans
Heirloom Bean - Mennonite K Triple A

Mennonite K Triple A (pre-1890)

A special thanks to Betty A. Keeler for sending me this wonderful variety. This rare heirloom bean has been in Betty’s family for more than four generations. Betty’s great grandmother, Katherine Thiessen came to Canada from Southern Russian near the Black Sea area in 1890 at the age of 14. She grew them near Winkler, MB for many years and her oldest daughter Anne married in 1914 and moved to Springfield, SK where she grew them for many years. Betty’s mother Annie continued to grow them for several years and gave Betty some in the 1970’s. Betty has been growing them ever since and continues to make baked beans in the same bean pot that her great grandmother Katherine used! Betty named these beans for her great-grandmother Katherine and 3 generations of Anne’s in her family who are of Mennonite heritage. These beans are extremely productive and early, one of my earliest varieties to dry on the plant. Great for short season areas.

"A Heritage Harvest Seed Exclusive!"

  • Type: Bush
  • Days to Maturity: 80 days for dry beans
  • Package Qty: 50 seeds
  • Price: $3.95
a tan colored heirloom bean with black striping.

Mennonite Purple Stripe

An old heirloom from the Waterloo Mennonites of Waterloo, ON. The long pods are white with purplish mottling and are excellent as snaps or for dry beans. Very productive and early for a pole bean.

  • Type: Pole
  • Days to Maturity: 70 days for snaps
a white colored heirloom bean with a large maroon blotch around the hilum.

Minnesota 1940's

This old heirloom was originally collected in Minnesota during the 1940's but is surely much older. The seed is white with a large maroon blotch around the hilum and is a nice baking bean. This bean has done very well for me and is disease free and early. EXTREMELY RARE.

  • Type: Bush
  • Days to Maturity: 85 days for dry beans
  • Package Qty: 50 seeds
  • Price: $3.95
a white colored heirloom bean with a large tan blotch around the hilum.

Molasses Face

A great baking bean originating in the east. One of the most disease resistant, trouble free beans that I have ever grown. The beans dry very early on the plant and always produce perfect white seed with a large brown blotch around the hilum. Low Quantity.

  • Type: Bush
  • Days to Maturity: 90 days for dry beans
  • Package Qty: 50 seeds
  • Price: $3.00
a red colored heirloom kidney bean.

Montcalm

A very productive red kidney bean. The most reliable red kidney that I grow.

  • Type: Bush
  • Days to Maturity: 105 days for dry beans
  • Package Qty: 50 seeds
  • Price: $3.00
a shiny,black heirloom bean.

Mrs. Marotti's Romano

An old heirloom roma bean that originated in Sicily. The green flat pods are very delicious and produced in abundance. The black seed is round and shiny and similar in shape to True Cranberry Bean. There are also some bluish black and white speckled seed that show up but the pods look and taste the same as the black seeded pods. Very wonderful bean with beautiful seed. Low Quantity.

  • Type: Bush
  • Days to Maturity: 55-60 days for snaps
  • Package Qty: 25 seeds
  • Price: $3.95
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