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Organic pinto beans are grown by Peter & Hanna Martens Farm in Penn Yan, NY. Conventional black beans are grown by Mark Callan of Genesee Valley Bean Company in Caledonia, NY


Hanna and Peter Martens are the generation following in the iconic footsteps of Mary Howell and Klaus Martens of Lakeview Organic Grains in Penn Yan NY. They grow an impressive variety of legumes and grains interspersed with cover crops and have a world-class seed cleaning operation that gets utilized by other farms in the region. Their family has been at the crest of the wave of organic grains and cover cropping for over thirty years. These are their pinto beans.


Pintos get their name from their speckled “painted” appearance that fades when cooked. They are many people’s go-to bean for refried beans, and righty so. They are great in that context and we’ve shared recipes for refritos before. This time around I’m hoping you’ll give Sopa Tarasca a try. Here is a link to a recipe for this traditional Michoacån soup. And here is a link to a great video tutorial from the wonderful series, “Asi se Cocina en el Rancho”

Organic and Conventional Pinto Beans

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