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Organic Flageolet Beans

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This heirloom bean is a French classic similar to a navy bean and one of our favorites. They are dried to the most beautiful spring green but turn creamy white when cooked. This beautiful crop is among the finest we've ever seen. They range in color from minty green to white. That is because it is impossible to get an entire field to ripen at once. We've had crops that were mostly white but this is an excellent crop, picked at the perfect moment. We are very excited to offer you these fresh-off-the-farm Flageolets that will cook up quickly to creamy perfection. 

WHAT TO DO WITH THEM

Flageolet is mild and creamy and pairs perfectly with chicken, fish or lamb but also make a wonderful vegetarian dish.  It is a classic spring bean paired with lamb as in this recipe from New York Times. They work great in anything slow cooked like a cassoulet because although they are mild and tender they hold their shape with long cooking. We love them slow cooked on the stove with stock, onion and tomatoes. The flageolet is a favorite among many chefs for everything from soups to sides and they'll find a perfect place on your table. This delicious lemony salad by Martha Stewart is a staff favorite and we think it would make a great addition to your Easter or Passover table. If you're looking for something a little warmer, this creamy flageolet soup recipe from New York Times is delicious. 

ABOUT THE FARMER

These beans come to us from Primary Beans, a wonderful company that we love working with. They are one of the few exceptions we make in our commitment to work directly with farmers and that's because we have very much aligned missions to support small, local farmers and pay fair prices. These gorgeous organic Flageolets are grown by M&M Heath Farm in Idaho’s Magic Valley in South Central Mike Heath is considered an organic pioneer by his peers (and even featured in Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire!), relying on complex crop rotations to cultivate healthy and alive soil, beneficial insects for pest control, and compost as natural fertilizer. Today, bean production is largely stewarded by Alvaro, who has been Mike’s right hand for 20+ years.

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