Saturday Night Special Dry Bean - Sustainably Grown


Saturday Night Special Dry Bean - Sustainably Grown

(105 days) Legendary plant breeder Elwyn Meader was hired by famous Maine baked bean company B&M (founded 1867) to breed a pea bean that would bake well and have a season short enough to grow in Maine. B&M lost interest when it was bought out by the William Underwood Corporation in 1965 so the bean was never introduced to the public. Preserved by Elwyn’s son John as X-3, this small pure-white pea bean is early, impressively productive and cooks well. Short sturdy plants bear more than 20 pods each and “dry down nice.” John, recalling his father’s knack for naming cultivars, suggested that Elwyn might have called it Saturday Nite Special in honor of traditional Maine bean suppers and their explosive after-effects! So we did. 2009 Fedco introduction.

388 Saturday Night Special - Sustainably Grown
Item Discounted
A: 1/2oz for $3.00  
B: 2oz for $6.00  
C: 8oz for $16.00  
D: 1lb for $25.00  
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Shell and Dry Beans

Phaseolus vulgaris 2 oz packet sows 25 ft; 1 lb, 200 ft. All bush beans except where noted.

Culture: In conditions of high nitrogen fertility some bush beans may develop vines in moist hot weather. Tender, will not survive frost. Plant 3–4 seeds/ft in rows 24–30" apart. Pick frequently for maximum yields, but avoid disturbing foliage in wet weather to prevent spread of fungal diseases.

Harvest shell beans when the beans are plump inside pods. For dry beans allow pods to dry on the vine until pressing the beans with your fingernail leaves no indentation. If heavy rains threaten just before maturity, pull plants by the roots and hang them in a dry place to finish or pick pods, shell and finish drying indoors.