2018 bean crop has been harvested and is ready for your bean pot.  

I am rejoicing to announce:

Heirloom Beans

Maine Yellow Eye Beans (Phaseolus Vulgaris) are related to the kidney bean. This bean is also referred to as a Dot-Eye Bean, Molasses-Face Bean and Yellow-Eyed China Bean. Maine Yellow Eye Beans are primarily ivory colored with tiny mustard colored markings surrounding the 'eye' on the inner seam of the bean. Yellow Eyes are about 1/2 inch, oval shaped with a mild, almost sweet flavor and mealy texture. 

European Soldier Bean: These Heirloom beans resemble a tiny, toy 18th century soldier due to their long white body with reddish “eye” markings earning them their name, European Soldier bean. Known as a baking bean, they are also known as Red Eye beans and can replace almost any bean from the white bean family in recipes. Soldier beans are about 3/4 inch long with a mild flavor and firm texture. In France, this bean is known as 'Haricot St-Esprit à Oeil Rouge' or 'Holy Spirit in Red Eye' bean.

Jacob's Cattle Bean: Also called a Trout bean or an Appaloosa bean, but Jacob’s Cattle bean is the oldest name for the variety. This bean is a Prince Edward Island heirloom. Legend has it that it was a gift from Maine’s Passamaquoddy Indians to Joseph Clark, the first white child born in Lubec, Maine.  It is a plump, white and red speckled, kidney-shaped bean with vivid maroon splashes. It is full-flavored, holds its shape under long cooking, and stands up well to plenty of seasoning. 

Marafax Beans: The origins of the Marafax bean are mostly lost, but we know they have been grown in New England for over a century. The beans are medium-small, roundish, and golden-tan colored. They have a rich flavor, are great for baked beans, and hold up well to reheating. Marfax Beans are a favorite for DownEast Maine communities. Marafax closely resemble Swedish Brown Beans.