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Buy Perennial Seed Set: True Comfrey, Stinging Nettle, White Yarrow, Bronze Fennel.
Email for shipping discount if you order more than one product. Kelp helps seeds germinate.

Seeds from Appalachia.
Dried, shelled beans only. No fresh beans.
Sold Out Until September 2016.
Email to be put on waiting list.

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.

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.

Growing Beans: Great for Everyone

Sow after last frost (late spring, usually mid to late May). Soak beans for 1-2 hours before sowing to speed up germination.

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.
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.
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.

Ways to Pay
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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, 9 am to 8 pm Eastern time (after 8 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.

Check: I accept checks, money orders and cash. Checks need to clear before shipment. Make check payable to Nancy Shirley. Mail to: 477 Long Branch Road, Topton, NC 28781. Please include shipping. If you include your email address, I can email you that I received your payment.
If you are ordering many products, I can discount the shipping. Email me and I will give you a lower shipping cost than what is on the PayPal cart.

I ship to everywhere in the United States. I do not ship outside the United States.

Stay at my Vacation Rental on the farm.

Nantahala Farm in the Mountains of Western NC
Macon County (close to Cherokee, Graham and Swain Counties)
Topton, North Carolina 28781
No pickup at farm except for goats. Everything else is mailed.
Stay at my Vacation Rental on the farm.

828-321-9036 every day 9 am to 8 pm eastern time.

I ship to the United States only.

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