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Pole Beans


In general, pole beans are later than bush beans but have larger pods. They should be given poles, string, or a fence to climb on and usually will climb about 8 feet. Most of our pole beans seem to be wide flat podded varieties with a few exceptions. There are green podded varieties as well as yellow, purple, and purple streaked pods. The selection here is a mixture of varieties generally used as fresh eating and others for the dry beans. Fresh eating ones are listed first, followed by varieties grown for their dry beans, and each of those sections is in turn generally listed from earliest maturing to latest.

Northeaster

Northeaster gives a heavy yield of very long flat green beans and is early for a pole bean.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Purple Pole Bean

Purple Pole Bean has wide flat pods that turn green when cooked, and tan seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Blauhilde

Blauhilde gives a heavy yield of long, fleshy, round to oval purple pods.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Goldmarie

Goldmarie is a wonderful wax bean similar to Northeaster. It has long flat yellow pods, is a heavy yielder, and is perhaps slightly earlier than Northeaster.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Rattlesnake

Rattlesnake is a good producer of long pods streaked with purple. Pick fairly young as the pods form strings. Seeds are tan with purple markings.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Cherokee Trail-of-Tears

Cherokee Trail-of-Tears is named for the forced migration, in the winter of 1838-39, of the Cherokee from Tennessee to Oklahoma in the course of which several thousand died. It has vigorous plants that give a heavy yield of slim pods somewhat shorter than the other varieties listed here. Green pods turning purple as they mature will develop strings if they are not picked promptly. Seeds are glossy black and can also be eaten as a dry bean.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Grandma Nellie’s

Grandma Nellie’s was brought from Russia to Western Canada early in the 20th century. The edible pods are flat and the flat seeds are dark brown.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Oregon Giant

Oregon Giant has very long thick somewhat irregular flattened pods, streaked with purple. It is quite early and a good yielder which needs to be picked promptly as it develops strings. Seeds are large, kidney shaped, tan with purple markings. This approximately 100 year old bean is still very popular on the west coast.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Cascade Giant

Cascade Giant (1990) was developed by Dr. James Baggett from a cross between Oregon Giant and Oregon Trail (a bush Blue Lake type). It has longer round pods, smaller seeds and is stringless.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Stella

Stella is quite early, and has flat green pods and pale buff seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Snowcap

Snowcap has large flat pods and large somewhat flattened seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Aunt Jean’s

Aunt Jean’s is a beautiful half-red and half-white bean that is almost round. It is good as a dry bean.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Odawa Soup

Odawa Soup is a tall, heavy yielding bean that comes from First Nations peoples. The pods are broad, and the seeds are large and oval, half white, half pinto coloured.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Mostoller Wild Goose

Mostoller Wild Goose has large, mainly white seeds with a large buff and brown patch around the hilum. The plants have short runners. This variety dates back over one hundred years.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
McCormick’s Wonder

McCormick’s Wonder gives a good yield of flat almost square pinkish tan seeds with pinto markings.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
True Red Cranberry

True Red Cranberry is a traditional New England variety with dark red, almost round seeds that are used as a dry bean.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
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