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Dried, shelled beans only. No fresh beans.
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heritage variety. The real, old-timey October bean.
Some people call beans "October beans" that aren't really October
beans. These are authentic October beans (fall beans).
Original seeds were given to me by a southern Appalachian local who has
been handing them down in her family for generations. May originally be
from the Cherokee.
The shelled beans are medium-sized, cream and pink.
This photo and the next 2 are the shelled, dried beans you receive.
have been looking for October bean seed for a quite awhile as my grandmother
used to grow these in her garden." -Karen, Renick, West Virgina
"I love beans, I love canning beans, well as you can tell I love beans.
I just want to have October beans because I understand they are amazing
in meals." -Cookin Mum, Canada
Shelled Appalachian Beans
have such fond memories of shelling October beans with my Granny in southwest
Virginia and never thought I'd get to grow these wonderful beans." -Donna,
"I used to pick these on my Grandfather's farm when I was a little kid.
Very excited to grow them." -Dave, Alexandria, Virginia
grown. Open pollinated (OP). Never commercialized. No GMO (not Genetically
Some October bean varieties are tough but these beans are very tender. You
can eat the pods.
No strings. October beans are in the Cranberry bean family.
This photo is a bean that is starting to turn red. Good to eat now or later.
"I just placed an order for some October beans.
So happy to find the genuine kind!" -Polly, Huntsville, Alabama
Your Own Old-Fashioned Beans
from my garden in western North Carolina in the mountains. Shelled by hand.
Seeds are harvested in the fall and then dried.
Pods can be dried and then shelled by hand or by flailing with a stick.
Or shell by hand when the pod is partially dry. After shelling, dry some
more and then store.
This photo is the same group of beans as the above photo, later in the season.
A beautiful red.
"I'm very happy I came across your site! My mother-in-law
talks about October beans often as a real treat in the corn fields."
-Andrew, Raliegh, North Carolina
Tasting, Fun to Grow
is a young green pod and a mature red pod. Both are ready to eat.
"My husband is from Bristol Tennessee and LOVES
these beans. We can't find any so we want to grow some." -Julia, Franklin,
"I am very excited to receive the seeds. And get ready to plant them
in my above-ground garden. Thank you for having quality products." -Donna,
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Old-Timey October Pole Beans
Easy to grow
pole bean. Dual purpose (eat pod or just shelled bean).
You can eat the young, green pod like a snap bean. Or shell beans (shellies)
late summer and fall. Then dry them for use all winter.
This is a fun photo with the pods at all stages of development with the
youngest on the left, progressing to greater maturity.
"I've looked for this bean for years. My Father
(lived in Virginia all his life) grew October beans that were so tasty.
I live in Florida and people around here never heard of October beans. Daddy
always had cornbread and onions with his beans and teas or buttermilk to
drink. Oh my, do I remember those days, when I was growing up in Virginia."
-GT, Tampa, Florida
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A family favorite
in the good old days. Shelling beans and husking corn.
"I received the package of the Appalachian October
Beans yesterday. All in beautiful condition! I'll be using some of these
to plant a late summer/fall batch. Our last frost date is usually the last
half of November, and it has been known to wait until almost Christmas.
I'll send you some pics thru the season." -Rusty, Beaumont, Texas
Fall Beans: Easy to Grow
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, 6 or more inches apart in rows 3-4 feet apart. One plant
can take up a lot of space. Growing plants several feet apart gets you a
lot of beans.
This photo is an October bean seedling.
"My grandmother ALWAYS had fall beans cooked in
pods with bacon and onions at family gatherings. The story goes the beans
have been passed down from generation to generation."
"Three years ago my
great uncle passed away, and he was the keeper of the bean seeds. Everyone
in the family was given a handful...but no luck growing them. My grandmother
swears her brother traded some to an Amish family in the area, no luck finding
"All that to say, I have a serious craving for comfort food and have
been desperately trying to find fall beans with edible pods. I love what
you are doing!"
-Lyndsy, Grass Lake, Michigan
in about 10 days. Thin to 1 foot or more apart. Beans first start becoming
ripe in about 90 days. They keep producing until frost.
Likes full sun. Likes soil pH 5.5-6.5 but is not picky. It does not need
rich soil. The roots are shallow.
This photo is an October bean seedling.
"I'm so glad I ran across your website. I've been
trying to locate a source for October Beans for several years. I am maintaining
a few strains of vegetables and field corn on which my family used to depend.
I would love to add these beans to my modest garden since my dad planted
October Beans every year." -John, Benton, Tennessee
many have talked about these beans, so many were given old seeds that didn't
sprout. Christmas is coming, and I can't wait to see their surprised faces.
Thank you so much." -Nelly, Amherst, Virginia
are almost always self pollinating. Cross pollination is very rare. If you
want pure seed to replant, grow October beans about 12 feet from other bean
varieties. Though growing as close as 3 feet would probably still be OK.
This photo is only one plant. The trellis is over 6 feet tall. You can tell
the size by comparing it to the garden hose on the ground. It was taken
"I am a repeat customer for October beans and love
these!" -Deb, Norfolk, Virgnia
"Friends shared October beans with our family a few years ago and we
fell in love with the taste of them." -Alisa, Richmond, Virginia
Pole Beans that Really Produce
beans need a fence or trellis to grow on. Or grow with corn and the bean
plants climb the corn stalk.
Some October beans are bush. These are pole.
An annual that matures in 10-12 weeks (65-84 days). The plant produces beans
until first frost in fall.
A very good, prolific producer. You get a lot of beans from one plant.
This is part of the same plant above with the photo taken in September.
Lots and lots of beans.
"We would love to add these to our organic garden!!"
-Heidi, Mead, Colorado
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