John Withee's Bean Hole

John Withee's Bean Hole

John Withee’s bean collection of 1,186 varieties started with a bean hole.

Throughout his childhood, Friday afternoons consisted of John and his family digging a hole, building a fire in that hole, and lowering a pot of beans into it.  They placed hot coals and earth over the pot and filled the hole.  The following Saturday night the family dug up the pot and ate the beans. John was one of six kids in a poor family that lived off of beans – and luckily for him, John loved beans

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