Promise Half Runner
60 days — These beans were interchangeably called 'Promise', 'Phillips' and '1898' by those that have maintained this family heirloom. This is a bean variety that has been grown by the Phillips family of Promise, Oregon since 1898.
John Chandler Phillips and Emily Phillips, pioneer settlers that named Promise, Oregon and Mike Dunton's Great-great grandfather, purchased these beans before heading out by wagon to their homestead. Despite the images that its name may conjure, Promise is a remote community in a very harsh and unforgiving corner of the state of Oregon.
'Promise' bean is prolific and necessarily hardy. It helped to sustain the family through very difficult times. The small white seeds produce semi-erect, half runner type plants that tend to sprawl and can benefit from some support. Good fresh or canned.
In 1999, we received less than one ounce of seed from Mildred Axmaker of Colton, Oregon (Granddaughter of John Phillips) and we have been multiplying it out ever since. In 2004, the gardening public got their first chance at trying these beans. Each packet contains one ounce, which is approximately 100 seeds.