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All Seeds, Roots and Plants for Sale
Buy Perennial Seed Set: True Comfrey, Stinging Nettle, White Yarrow, Bronze Fennel.

$8.50: Buy 45 Greasy Beans.
Shipping $1.95. Includes a flyer about Greasy Beans.
$5.45: Cherokee White Flour Corn: 50 seeds.

Seeds from Appalachia.
Dried, shelled beans only. No fresh beans.

Appalachian Heirloom Greasy Beans
(Phaseolus Vulgaris)

Heirloom variety. Organically grown. Open pollinated (OP). No GMO (not Genetically Modified). You can plant your saved seed.

Original seeds were given to me by a southern Appalachian local who has been handing them down in his family for generations. Never commercialized.

The beans are small- to medium-sized, and creamy colored.

"You sell my beloved Greasy Beans. Thank you very much for the hard work you do to keep this bean alive!" -Jo Anna, Ozark, Missouri

Bean Pods and Leather Britches

Pods are 4-6 inches long.

You can eat the pods. They do have strings so need to be "unzipped" before eating.

Locals like to dry them into "leather britches". Leather britches are made by threading a thin string through the pods with many pods on one string. Then hanging the string to dry the beans.

"From one heirloom fanatic to another, I'm glad to be able to support a local farm." -Kristopher, Stockbridge, Georgia

Buy Old-Timey Greasy Pole Beans

They are called greasy (greazy) because they are hairless (no fuzz) and look shiny.

An historic bean. Greasy beans have been eaten in the southern Appalachians since Europeans first came to the mountains.

Easy to grow pole bean. Dual purpose. You can eat the young, green pod like a snap bean.

Or shell beans (shellies) late summer and early fall. Then dry to use all winter.

Harvested from my garden in western North Carolina in the southern Appalachian mountains.

Greasy Bean Seedling

Here is a seedling just coming up. You can see the 2 seed leaves (cotyledons) and the first 2 true leaves.

The other plant with it is Yarrow, a medicinal herb.

"Thank you!! I just placed my order. My friend will be so surprised I found her some Greasy beans!!!" -Connie, Whittier, California

"I'm from western North Carolina and have been hankering for Greasy Beans something fierce." -Bob, Grants Pass, Oregon

Growing Beans: Great for Everyone

Soak beans for 1-2 hours before sowing to speed up germination (optional).

Sow after last frost (late spring, usually mid to late May depending on your USDA Hardiness Zone). You can go online and type in ‘last frost date’. Do not plant earlier because the weather and soil is too cold for beans to sprout successfully.

Sow 1 inch deep, 3-4 inches apart in rows 3-4 feet apart.

Germinates in 10 days. Thin to about 6-8 inches apart. Beans first start becoming ripe in about 90 days. They keep producing until frost.

Likes full sun. It does not need rich soil. The roots are shallow so water if dry weather.

The second and third photos are from Ron.
"Excited to eat my first batch of your greasy beans. Didn't know if they would grow this far north, but here's the proof! Cooked up a small batch last week and they were wicked tasty!" -Ron, Falmouth, Maine

"These are the best tasting bean we have eaten. We were so sad when we lost our seed and are so glad you have them." -Kevin, White Heath, Illinois

"I'm starting a 1/2 acre farm this year; went to one of the local vegetable stands to see what I could grow for them, and their eyes lit up, and they exclaimed 'Greasy Beans -- Can't get enough of them!'. Figure they'll do well at the Franklin Farmer's Market too." Mark, Franklin, North Carolina

Old-Fashioned Beans

"I have looked for a few years trying to find the Greasy Beans I loved as a child. I'm looking forward to the next planting season." -Linda, Acworth, Georgia

"I got greasy beans from you this year and had a great harvest, best yield of any beans I have ever planted. Thank you." -Janie, Christiana, PA
Cooking Greasy Beans Country Style

The traditional way of cooking these beans is by boiling them in water with a little salt and some pork fat.

Some people cook them only a little while so they have some brightness to the pod.

Others cook the shelled beans for 4-8 hours.

More About Appalachian Greasy Beans

Contact me if you are ordering more than one type of seed, root or plant.
I can discount shipping.
All seeds are shipped by First Class or Priority Mail through the Post Office.
There is no pick up at the farm.

For survival farming in hard times in zones 5/6/7,
see our Western North Carolina Farm and Garden Calendar.

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Phone: I accept credit/debit cards by phone: Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Call me in North Carolina at 828-321-9036 any day, 10 am to 5 pm Eastern time (after 5 pm I unplug my phone). I am in and out working on the farm. Please leave a message if I do not answer. I will get back to you soon.

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Nantahala Farm in the Mountains of Western NC
Macon County (close to Cherokee, Graham and Swain Counties)
Topton, North Carolina 28781
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