At Urban Farmer we supply several bean varieties that work for gardeners to small farm market growers. We trial all bean varieties and select only the best-tasting, most attractive, and best producing bean plants. Choose from bush beans, pole beans, lima beans, runner beans, shelling beans and stringless beans. Beans come in a variety of maturity dates, colors, shapes, sizes and taste!

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Royal Burgundy beans, also known as purple bush beans, are a unique and visually striking variety of Phaseolus vulgaris, the common garden bean. These beans have a rich history dating back centuries, with their origins believed to be in Central and South America, where indigenous peoples cultivated various types of beans. The name "Royal Burgundy" reflects their regal appearance, as the pods and beans are a deep, royal purple color. They gained popularity in the United States during the 1980s and have since become a favorite among gardeners and culinary enthusiasts alike. In terms of taste, Royal Burgundy beans offer a mild, slightly nutty flavor that is reminiscent of traditional green beans. However, their vibrant purple color adds a striking visual element to dishes, making them a popular choice for salads and garnishes. The pods are typically around 4-6 inches in length and are harvested when they are young and tender, before the seeds inside fully develop. Royal Burgundy bean plants are compact and bushy in nature, making them well-suited for smaller gardens and containers. They typically reach a height of about 18-24 inches. These beans are known for their relatively quick maturity, with most varieties ready for harvest in approximately 50-60 days after planting. Their vibrant purple color is not only appealing but also serves as a natural indicator of freshness. Royal Burgundy beans exhibit good resistance to common bean diseases such as bean mosaic virus and rust. When properly cared for, these plants can yield a bountiful harvest. Yields can vary, but on average, you can expect a productive harvest of 2-3 pounds of beans per plant. Plant spacing should be around 2-4 inches apart in rows that are spaced about 18-24 inches apart. They thrive in well-drained soil with full sun exposure and regular watering, making them a relatively easy and rewarding addition to any vegetable garden.

The Agate is an excellent tasting edamame heirloom with high yields. Agate was originally introduced to the U.S. from Japan in the 1920's. This variety produces high yields of small olive green seeds with brown saddles.

The Slenderette bean is an improved Blue Lake bean. So, so good! The Slenderette bean is slow to become fibrous, giving it a quality that in unmatched by any other bean. Stringless. We found it to be very prolific in our test garden. Fast maturing and small seeds when picked for fresh eating. Very straight pods that look great for market selling. Excellent bean, high yields and straight pods.

Tongue of Fire is a great market bean with a vibrant red and cream speckled color! This bush bean is not only beautiful, but it is a very tasty bean! The fresh shell beans are large and round shaped. 6-7" stringless pods are great young. An Italian bean that can be eaten fresh, frozen or canned.

The Mountaineer White Half Runner is a tender half runner bean with succulent white seeds. It boasts terrific yields of old-fashioned, rich "beany" beans that taste and smell terrific. Vigorous plants, big yields. Stringless when young, excellent for baking.

The Landreth Stringless bean is a very old heirloom that debuted by D. Landreth Seed Company in the late 1800's. A meaty bean, very flavorful, stringless bean and produces heavy yields. The pods are medium green in color and a little over 5” long. The seeds are a rich chocolate or coffee brown. This bean is excellent for the home garden, market garden and canner.

The original purple filet bean. Produces high grade beans are 4–5" long with straight, slender, vibrant purple pods. Medium-size upright plants yield small, light brown seeds. Bush bean. When cooked the beans turn green. High resistance to bean mosaic virus and halo blight.

The Dixie Speckled Butterpea is a very productive and tasty lima bean. Smaller beans are about the size of peas. Speckled of red on a deep purple body. Great for Southern states with hot weather. Delicious when picked young. Great for hot climates. Smaller lima bean.

The delicious buttery flavor of the Golden Wax Bush Bean make it a favorite among home gardeners! The stringless bright yellow pods are resistant common bean mosaic virus. The plant can produce pods 5-6 inches long. The Golden Wax beans are wonderful for canning, freezing and as a dry shell bean!

Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean, also known as Lablab purpureus or simply Hyacinth Bean, is a unique and versatile legume known for its vibrant appearance and culinary potential. This heirloom variety is named for its striking ruby-red pods and dark green foliage, making it an attractive addition to both ornamental and edible gardens. Ruby Moon Hyacinth Beans are typically grown as annuals, but in tropical regions, they can be perennial. In terms of taste, the young pods and seeds of Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean are edible and have a mild, nutty flavor similar to green beans. They can be consumed both raw and cooked. However, it's important to note that mature seeds contain toxic compounds and should not be eaten without proper processing. Ruby Moon Hyacinth Beans have a rich history, with their cultivation dating back centuries, primarily in Asia and Africa. They are valued not only for their culinary uses but also for their ability to fix nitrogen in the soil, enhancing soil fertility. This plant is categorized as a warm-season annual and typically matures in about 60-90 days, depending on growing conditions. The size of the Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean plant can vary, but it generally reaches a height of 6-10 feet, making it suitable for trellises or fences. When it comes to yield, you can expect approximately 10-15 pounds of pods per plant or around 800-1,200 pounds per acre under ideal conditions. These beans thrive in full sun and well-drained soil, and they require a warm climate to grow successfully. Adequate moisture and support for climbing are essential for a bountiful harvest. With proper care, Ruby Moon Hyacinth Beans can be a delightful addition to your garden, offering both visual appeal and a tasty, nutritious addition to your plate.

A beautifully bright and vibrant green bean that grows extra long when mature! Matures quick and has a delicious and crisp bite.

Capitano Bean is a popular and versatile variety of bush bean known for its exceptional taste and rich history. These beans are a type of Phaseolus vulgaris, commonly referred to as snap beans or green beans. Capitano beans are celebrated for their tender, crisp texture and a flavor that strikes a perfect balance between sweet and earthy notes. This delectable taste makes them a favorite in various culinary dishes, from stir-fries to salads and casseroles. Historically, Capitano Beans can be traced back to traditional European bean varieties, and they have been cultivated for generations due to their outstanding taste and reliability. The pods of Capitano Beans are typically medium-sized, averaging around 6-7 inches in length. The plants themselves are compact and bushy, making them suitable for smaller garden spaces. Capitano Beans usually mature in approximately 50-55 days, making them a relatively quick-growing option for home gardeners. These beans are characterized by their vibrant green color and good disease resistance, which helps protect the plants from common bean ailments. On average, you can expect a yield of around 6-8 pounds per 10', depending on various factors such as soil quality, weather conditions, and cultivation practices. Proper spacing for Capitano Beans is typically around 4-6 inches apart in rows that are spaced about 18-24 inches apart. They thrive in well-drained soil and prefer full sun, making them a suitable choice for many gardeners looking to enjoy their delightful taste and ease of cultivation.

The French Garden is a delicious french heirloom that has a sweet nutty flavor. This easy to grow bean produces 15-24 inch plants with heavy yields. The bush plant will produce 6 inch tender green pods with white seeds. Enjoy the French Garden year after year! Certified Organic. Learn more about our organic seeds.