Nourishment for all

With every bag of beans we sell, we aim to deepen our connection to the food we eat and where it comes from.

Heirloom and organic beans from Primary BeansHeirloom and organic beans from Primary Beans

The original plant protein

Despite the growing desire for plant protein in the US, beans in their purest form rarely get the love they deserve. But here's the truth– beans are the perfect food from a nutritional, planetary, and culinary perspective.

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Nutritious heirloom beans being planted in the soil

Nutritious for all human beans

As the seeds of a plant, beans are jam-packed with nutrients, containing all the protein, vitamins, and minerals needed for a healthy plant to grow. Because they are so high in fiber and protein, beans are the perfect food to keep you full and energized. Regularly eating your beans keeps your bones, heart, muscles, gut and brain happy and healthy.

Essential for climate-friendly farming 

Like all legumes, beans are what's known as "nitrogen fixers," which means they uniquely return this nutrient to the soil after other crops deplete it. Farmers worldwide grow beans in rotation with or alongside other crops because the benefits are endless: it boosts soil health, creates a diverse landscape for animals and insects, improves natural disease resistance, and increases productivity. Small but mighty!

Heirloom bean plant
Heirloom bean plant

Essential for climate-conscious farming

Like all legumes, beans are what's known as "nitrogen fixers," which means they uniquely return this nutrient to the soil after other crops deplete it. Farmers worldwide grow beans in rotation with or alongside other crops because the benefits are endless: it boosts soil health, creates a diverse landscape for animals and insects, improves natural disease resistance, and increases productivity. Small but mighty!

Heirloom beans getting hand-sorted

A culinary staple around the world

Regional varieties that are well-suited to an area’s growing conditions are often a major source of pride and keep long-standing culinary traditions alive. From cassoulet in France, rajma chawal in India, feijoada in Brazil, and frijoles de la olla in Mexico, essentially every country has a celebrated bean dish. It's a culinary staple that unifies us all.

Heirloom beans getting hand-sorted

A culinary staple around the world

Regional varieties that are well-suited to an area’s growing conditions are often a major source of pride and keep long-standing culinary traditions alive. From cassoulet in France, rajma chawal in India, feijoada in Brazil, and frijoles de la olla in Mexico, essentially every country has a celebrated bean dish. It's a culinary staple that unifies us all.

Our sourcing criteria

When setting up our first harvests, we developed a set of criteria that would allow us to prioritize the beans, the land, the farmers, and rural communities. Our farm partners are renegades in their field, addressing farming challenges in radically different ways and sticking to their values, even when it’s hard. Our sourcing criteria represents these shared values.

–Lesley

  • Organic farming mindset that carefully balances nurturing the environment with exceptional product standards.
  • Commitment to growing nutritious food with extraordinary flavor– which is often lost in mass-produced varieties.
  • Dedication to climate-friendly regenerative practices that foster healthier, more productive soils.
  • Preserving heirloom varieties that are important cultural touchstones around the world.
  • Supporting small independent farmers and vibrant local farming communities.
  • Shared mission to bring diverse, recently harvested beans from around the globe to the home cook.