Founder's note

Hi, I’m Lesley and the truth is, I’m obsessed with beans.

I grew up in a small town on the Mexican border and was the kid at the local restaurant asking for "no rice, only beans please." After spending 15 years working in agriculture and nutrition, and learning about the role that beans play in human and soil health, it became clear to me that beans are the perfect food.

But there was one problem– even though beans are a staple in so many countries, they don’t have the best reputation here in the US. And recently harvested, flavorful beans are difficult to come by. After traveling the world and cooking my way through as many beans as I could get my hands on, I knew I had to share the love.

Primary Beans was created to make home cooking an act of mindful living. Whether you have 30 minutes or 3 hours, it’s meant to provide you with the chance to connect with yourself, those around you, and the planet. It’s a chance to expand your horizons without leaving your dinner table. And at our dinner table, everyone’s invited.

Lesley Sykes, Founder

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.

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Field-to-pantry transparency

When it comes to dried beans, freshness matters. Beans cook up best within one year of harvest. Our beans are single-origin, meaning they come directly from our farm partners across the US and Mexico and don’t get mixed in with other beans. Each fall and winter the beans are carefully harvested, and we put this sourcing information on every bag so that you can keep track.

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Field-to-pantry transparency

When it comes to dried beans, freshness matters. Beans cook up best within one year of harvest. Our beans are single-origin, meaning they come directly from our farm partners across the US and Mexico and don’t get mixed in with other beans. Each fall and winter the beans are carefully harvested, and we put this sourcing information on every bag so that you can keep track.

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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. We include harvest information on every bag.

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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.

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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.

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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

Founder's 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.

 

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.

 

Harvested: Fall 2020

Source: Wyoming, USA

Net weight: 1 lb

Flor de Junio beans (organic)
Flor de Junio beans (organic)

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.

 

USDA organic certified

Harvested: Winter 2020/21

Source: Zacatecas, Mexico

Net weight: 1 lb

Founder's 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.

 

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.

 

Harvested: Fall 2020

Source: Wyoming, USA

Net weight: 1 lb

Flor de Junio beans (organic)
Flor de Junio beans (organic)

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.

 

USDA organic certified

Harvested: Winter 2020/21

Source: Zacatecas, Mexico

Net weight: 1 lb

Ayocote Morado beans (organic)
Ayocote Morado beans (organic)

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.

 

USDA organic certified

Harvested: Winter 2020/21

Source: Zacatecas, Mexico

Net weight: 1 lb