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Appalachian October Beans
(Phaseolus vulgaris)

Heirloom, 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.

Heirloom Fall Beans

"I 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

Dried, Shelled Appalachian Beans

"I 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, Porterfield, Wisconsin

"I used to pick these on my Grandfather's farm when I was a little kid. Very excited to grow them." -Dave, Alexandria, Virginia

Good Eating

Organically grown. Open pollinated (OP). Never commercialized. No GMO (not Genetically Modified).

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

Grow Your Own Old-Fashioned Beans

Harvested 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

Best Tasting, Fun to Grow

This photo 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, Tennessee

"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

Own 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

A Country Pastime

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

Growing 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 them."

"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

Fast Growing

Germinates 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

12-Inch Tall Seedlings

"So 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

October Beans: Productive

All beans 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 in August.

"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
Tender, Pole Beans that Really Produce

Pole (climbing) 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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