Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Look at Our Beans

Over the last couple of weeks we've been spot-harvesting mature parts of several of the bean fields. We were trying to get some of every variety harvested, milled and sorted. We wanted to bring them to the Ag Symposium and we also wanted to start selling them at farmers markets.

Hutterite Soup Beans, which cook fast and make a creamy soup without the need for dairy products. 

Yellow Indian Woman Beans, which retain their shape well, and are less starchy. These beans are good in salads, and can be used in place of the common black turtle bean when you want a different color. 

Black Valentine Beans, which taste a bit like kidney beans. They are great for salads, soups and dips. They are larger and more shiny than black turtle beans.

October Beans, a member of the cranberry bean family. These beans have a creamy texture, a slightly nutty flavor, and thin skins. Use in soup and chili.

Jacob's Cattle Beans, great for traditional baked beans or cassoulet. They have the taste and texture of new potatoes. Last year we grew Jacob's Cattle, as well, and they were much more speckled red and white. This year's crop is almost uniformly solid red. Perhaps the difference in weather conditions and soil?

Still to come: Pinto, Black Turtle, Jacob's Cattle Gold, Nuña, and Green Flageolet (a.k.a. "french beans" for those of us here who have a hard time pronouncing "flageolet"). All these beans are grown right here on our farm in West Michigan. All are certified organic, and most are also heirloom beans.


  1. Would you sell some of those hutterite beans in small quantities? It would be interesting to make a creamy soup without dairy products.

  2. Carla, we are *all about* selling these beans in small quantities. Friday and Saturday we went to 3 markets, where we sold beans in 1 and 2 pound packages. If you are ever up this way or if I am ever down your way, we can meet.

  3. All those beans look amazing! Do you ship them? I would love to order some if you do.

  4. Kris, we can talk about shipping them later on, after the harvest is all in, and life settles down. Until then, they are only available locally. Thanks so much for your interest!


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