Hi, we’re Lesley and Renee, the sisters behind Primary Beans.

The truth is, we’re obsessed with beans. We’re fifth-generation Arizonans from a small town on the Mexican border. Like any border town kids, we grew up around the culture and flavors of Northern Mexico. Early on, we developed a deep appreciation for beans and were the kids asking for “no rice, only beans please” at the local restaurant.

Beans are a protein staple in so many countries, yet at home in the US, we’re barely scratching the surface of all they have to offer. Recently harvested, unique varieties of beans are difficult to come by, and we're simultaneously searching everywhere for climate-friendly sources of protein.

We created Primary Beans to deepen our connection to the food we eat and the land it comes from. Whether you have 30 minutes or 3 hours, it’s a chance to expand your horizons without leaving your dinner table. And at our dinner table, everyone’s invited.

“After spending 15 years working in agriculture and learning about the role that beans play in human and soil health, it became clear to me that beans are the perfect food. I started traveling in my mid-twenties, and with each trip, I fell in love with a new ingredient, agricultural region, or cooking technique. Beans were the common denominator. After cooking my way through as many beans as I could get my hands on, I knew I had to share the love.”
- Lesley

“I’ve worked in branding and design for nearly 10 years in cities from coast to coast. After assessing the world of pantry staples, it became clear to me that these ingredients are often an afterthought. For beans specifically, I found cooking instructions confusing with no transparency around sourcing— far from being in tune with today’s home cook. I knew there was an opportunity to uplift the humble bean.”
- Renee

Hi, we’re Lesley and Renee, the sisters behind Primary Beans.

The truth is, we’re obsessed with beans. We’re fifth-generation Arizonans from a small town on the Mexican border. Like any border town kids, we grew up around the culture and flavors of Northern Mexico. Early on, we developed a deep appreciation for beans and were the kids asking for “no rice, only beans please” at the local restaurant.

Beans are a protein staple in so many countries, yet at home in the US, we’re barely scratching the surface of all they have to offer. Recently harvested, unique varieties of beans are difficult to come by, and we're simultaneously searching everywhere for climate-friendly sources of protein.

We created Primary Beans to deepen our connection to the food we eat and the land it comes from. Whether you have 30 minutes or 3 hours, it’s a chance to expand your horizons without leaving your dinner table. And at our dinner table, everyone’s invited.

Eat your beans

We believe beans belong at the forefront of your pantry and at the center of meals that are good for you and the planet.

stock your pantry

For the way we eat today

Primary Beans is proud to showcase lesser-known varieties that home cooks crave and that farms are thrilled to grow, facilitating a connection that makes cooking an act of mindful living. 

see our sourcing criteria

Single-origin beans

In a typical commodity supply chain, beans are combined, stored, and handled by various players, losing their origin, time of harvest, and unique flavor in the process. At Primary Beans, each variety comes directly from one of our farm partners and doesn't get mixed with beans from other sources. With harvest information on every bag, you’ll always know exactly how fresh your beans are. 

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Single-origin beans

In a typical commodity supply chain, beans are combined, stored, and handled by various players, losing their origin, time of harvest, and unique flavor in the process. At Primary Beans, each variety comes directly from one of our farm partners and doesn't get mixed with beans from other sources. With harvest information on every bag, you’ll always know exactly how fresh your beans are. 

Thoughtfully sourced

Quality, freshness, and impact are non-negotiables, so we developed a sourcing philosophy that honors the beans and the land they come from. We shed light on farms that are nourishing the soil and preserving the market for unique bean varieties.

our impact

Inspiring kitchen confidence 

There are a million ways to cook beans, and countless cuisines to dive into. By showcasing the world’s long-standing way with beans and sharing easy-to-follow tips, we’re building a community of cooks that trusts their instinct as much as any recipe.

get the guide

Inspiring kitchen confidence

There are a million ways to cook beans, and countless cuisines to dive into. By showcasing the world’s long-standing way with beans and sharing easy-to-follow tips, we’re building a community of cooks that trusts their instinct as much as any recipe.

get the guide

Our founding advisors

Karen Cichy

Research Geneticist, Dry Beans, US Department of Agriculture
Expertise: breeding, international beans, cooking qualities

Laura Edwards-Orr

Director of Institutional Impact, Center for Good Food Purchasing
Expertise: sourcing, impact, food systems

Jim Knutzon

Vice President, Food and Agriculture Division, SCS Global Services
Expertise: agriculture, supply chains, operations

Founders' picks

Chickpea (Garbanzo) - Primary Beans
Chickpea (Garbanzo) - Primary Beans

Chickpea (organic)

Nutty  •  Smooth  •  Rustic

 

The ancient, knobby chickpea is a beloved staple across the globe, including the Middle East, India, Africa, and Europe. And rightfully so! These beans are incredibly versatile, adding creamy body to soups, curries, salads, rice, and pasta. What’s more, they can be transformed into hummus, falafel, or a crunchy snack.


As seen in the Hummus kit and The Italians set.


USDA organic certified

Harvested: Fall 2020 

Source: Montana, USA

Net weight: 1 lb

$9.00
Michelet - Primary Beans
Michelet - Primary Beans

Michelet beans

Mild  •  Creamy  •  Delicate 

 

These mid-sized white beans are essential to the French kitchen for thick stews like cassoulet. The texture becomes soft and creamy as the beans cook, and the mild, nutty flavor takes on whatever flavors you add. We love cooking them in homemade chicken stock, adding a richness that these beans can handle. Devour with a crusty baguette the French way.

 

As seen in the All the beans set.

 

Harvested: Fall 2020

Source: Wyoming, USA

Net weight: 1 lb

$9.00
Flor de Junio beans (organic) - Primary Beans
Flor de Junio beans (organic) - Primary Beans

Flor de Junio beans (organic)

Sweet  •  Creamy  •  Smooth

 

These mid-sized beans with attractive pink-purple marbling are an old favorite in Central Mexico for brothy beans like frijoles charros. We love their creamy smooth texture and mildly sweet flavor, which goes perfectly with rich meats and spicy salsas. Cook them into a big pot of beans and garnish with allll the toppings.

 

As seen in the Not-a-pinto set.

 

USDA organic certified

Harvested: Winter 2020/21

Source: Zacatecas, Mexico

Net weight: 1 lb

$9.00
Ayocote Morado beans (organic) - Primary Beans
Ayocote Morado beans (organic) - Primary Beans

Ayocote Morado beans (organic)

Meaty  •  Velvety  •  Sturdy 

 

These majestic purple beans have deep roots in Oaxaca, traditionally served with smoky mole, and as a filling in masa street snacks. Complex and meaty, with a luxurious creamy yet firm texture, these beans make any meal special. Pair with similarly bold and assertive flavors dried chiles, earthy greens, and tangy cheese. We especially love them in dishes featuring their dark, flavorful broth.


As seen in the All the beans set.


USDA organic certified

Harvested: Fall 2020 and Winter 2020/21

Source: Zacatecas, Mexico

Net weight: 1 lb

$9.00

Founders' picks

Chickpea (Garbanzo) - Primary Beans
Chickpea (Garbanzo) - Primary Beans

Chickpea (organic)

Nutty  •  Smooth  •  Rustic

 

The ancient, knobby chickpea is a beloved staple across the globe, including the Middle East, India, Africa, and Europe. And rightfully so! These beans are incredibly versatile, adding creamy body to soups, curries, salads, rice, and pasta. What’s more, they can be transformed into hummus, falafel, or a crunchy snack.


As seen in the Hummus kit and The Italians set.


USDA organic certified

Harvested: Fall 2020 

Source: Montana, USA

Net weight: 1 lb

Michelet - Primary Beans
Michelet - Primary Beans

Michelet beans

Mild  •  Creamy  •  Delicate 

 

These mid-sized white beans are essential to the French kitchen for thick stews like cassoulet. The texture becomes soft and creamy as the beans cook, and the mild, nutty flavor takes on whatever flavors you add. We love cooking them in homemade chicken stock, adding a richness that these beans can handle. Devour with a crusty baguette the French way.

 

As seen in the All the beans set.

 

Harvested: Fall 2020

Source: Wyoming, USA

Net weight: 1 lb

Flor de Junio beans (organic) - Primary Beans
Flor de Junio beans (organic) - Primary Beans

Flor de Junio beans (organic)

Sweet  •  Creamy  •  Smooth

 

These mid-sized beans with attractive pink-purple marbling are an old favorite in Central Mexico for brothy beans like frijoles charros. We love their creamy smooth texture and mildly sweet flavor, which goes perfectly with rich meats and spicy salsas. Cook them into a big pot of beans and garnish with allll the toppings.

 

As seen in the Not-a-pinto set.

 

USDA organic certified

Harvested: Winter 2020/21

Source: Zacatecas, Mexico

Net weight: 1 lb

Ayocote Morado beans (organic) - Primary Beans
Ayocote Morado beans (organic) - Primary Beans

Ayocote Morado beans (organic)

Meaty  •  Velvety  •  Sturdy 

 

These majestic purple beans have deep roots in Oaxaca, traditionally served with smoky mole, and as a filling in masa street snacks. Complex and meaty, with a luxurious creamy yet firm texture, these beans make any meal special. Pair with similarly bold and assertive flavors dried chiles, earthy greens, and tangy cheese. We especially love them in dishes featuring their dark, flavorful broth.


As seen in the All the beans set.


USDA organic certified

Harvested: Fall 2020 and Winter 2020/21

Source: Zacatecas, Mexico

Net weight: 1 lb