Giveaway-Heirloom Garden Seed & copy of Pioneering Today!!

One of the joys of gardening is being able to share with family and friends. While I can’t share my produce with all of you, I can share my heirloom Tarheel green bean seed. It’s been in my family for approximately a hundred years going back to my great-grandparents and beyond.

Heirloom Seed & Book Giveaway @MelissaKNorris

Heirloom Seed & Book Giveaway @MelissaKNorris

My grandparents moved from North Carolina to Washington state in 1941. They traveled with two other families on the back of flat-bed truck they converted to a camper with bunks. One of the times they brought with them were their Tarheel green bean seed.

When my husband and I were dating, he came to meet my parents for the first time. He told me he didn’t care for green beans, so when my mom passed the pot of green beans, I was surprised he took a serving. After eating his beans, he helped himself to more. I leaned over and whispered, “You don’t have to eat more.” I thought he just wanted to impress my parents.

He replied, “These are the best beans I’ve ever eaten. I don’t like other green beans, but I love these.”

We’ve grown them every year since we’ve been married. Going on fourteen years now.

Tarheel pole beans grace many a garden in our valley. These beans can’t be bought in a store, either the seeds or the harvest. I’ve scoured the heirloom seed catalogs and websites and have never seen these beans available.

Originating from the Appalachian Mountain range,  they have a small white bean inside the pod and are lumpy. The taste is phenomenal, sweet and buttery. Add a little fat back, chunk of bacon, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better dish.

They are a heritage or heirloom bean, meaning they haven’t been altered by science. (If you’re interested in heirloom gardening, I have a 40-page FREE e-book, Heirloom Gardening Guide-Plant to Save Money available as a bonus gift. Sign up is at the top right side bar of my website or at

Each family or hollow would have their own unique bean and would trade with other families for different varieties. These beans must be staked or you can plant them on a fence, but they need something to climb. In fact, prized beans were considered part of a girl’s dowry!

Tarheel beans produce a lot per plant. They do require stringing, but the flavor is worth the extra work. I like to let some of the beans mature. I mix the shelled small white bean in with the fresh snapped green pods. They are excellent fresh, canned, or in true Tarheel fashioned, leather britches style. Beans are strung on a string and left to dry. You then soak them when ready to eat and cook as usual.

I’m so excited to share these with you. If you’re reading this via email, click through to my website and enter via the rafflecopter widget.

The Prizes are……….

Grand Prize winner will receive 1 copy of my book Pioneering Today-Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way (Read the first chapter here) & a starter sample packet of my heirloom Tarheel green bean seed.

5 Runner up winners will receive starter sample packets of heirloom Tarheel green bean seed.

Winners will be announced here-chosen by random number generator, must be 18 years of age, and residents in USA or Canada. For full rules, click on the Terms & Conditions at the bottom of the Rafflecopter entry form.

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What’s your favorite family heirloom? Do you grow a garden? What’s your favorite garden crop?

You can still enter my giveaway of A Rabbi’s Look at The Last Days if biblical end times interest you.

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    • Shawn says

      I would love love LOVE to win this book, and these heirloom seeds! I am currently growing Amish tomato paste, heirloom seeds, and I want to get some other varieties as well. Thank you! Shawn

  1. Billie Cooke says

    I am wanting as much information I can get my hands on in book form that will help me get back to roots, spiritually, in our foods, anyway to get “RIGHT” :) Thank you fora chance in your giveaway!

  2. Debbie A says

    Genesis Chapter 1 versus 1 In the beginning…… It says it all. Without that none of us would be here. I am a late bloomer as far as grow a vegetable garden but I have just recently become disabled and my monthly income was cut to almost nothing. I am doing everything I can to save money without having to do without. Winning these seeds would be a great start for me. Thank you.

  3. Amy says

    I just absolutely LOVE the book of Genesis. Thank you for this giveaway. I would LOVE to try out these Tarheel Green Beans. Green Beans, but from a can, are the “most” eaten veg in our home. I am excited to start our 1st garden this year.

  4. Angela says

    I don’t know if I have a favorite book in the Bible but I always found myself rereading Genesis, especially growing up. Thank you Melissa for sharing your wisdom. I look forward to the emails and reading what you have to offer for the day. You are inspirational. And thank you for the opportunity to indulge in your infamous green beans. I can’t wait.

  5. Cathy says

    A favorite verse.. Though question to answer.. As we start each day a different verse will impact us. Our thoughts, actions, and words..

  6. Andrea Young says

    ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 2:14.
    No matter what today may hold, I know that God is with me and leads me every step of the way. Yesterday is behind me, tomorrow isn’t promised; I only have today to use for His glory.

    Thank you for your website, newsletters and emails. God bless you in your ministry.

  7. Jasmine A. says

    Gosh, hard question! My favorite Bible story is either Esther or Elijah and the priests of baal on Mount Carmel (I think that is the right mountain), favorite Bible book is Joshua and Nehemiah is next, and favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9. Wow, I just realized I must like the Old Testament, all of my favorites are located there.
    Jasmine A.

  8. Theresa says

    I have an ebook copy of your book already but to have one to hold in my hands would be awesome, but would definitely love to win some heirloom beans too!

  9. Melissa N. Page says

    My favorite Old Testament story is of Daniel in the lion’s den. I was always facinated with the story as a child and to this day it still gives me the same feeling of amazment. God will protect me from the “lions” of life! LOL

  10. says

    Being from NC I would love to have these seeds! My favorite story in the OT is the one of Abraham and Isaac. What awesome proof of God’s Grace and Mercy!!

  11. lynda says

    Fave OT “story” is from Malachi 3, where it talks about how God refines the people like silver/gold.

    Which took on much more meaning for me when I found out how silver is refined. It has to get really hot in the fire in order to cleanse the impurities, but not so hot as to destroy the silver. The refiner knows it’s done when he can see his own image reflected back to him. Love it.

    Thanks for such a meaningful giveaway!

  12. Dawn D. says

    Thank you for sharing your seed story. I miss hearing the stories my GPA used to tell of when his family packed up their covered wagon and came to homestead in Washington. Very precious, indeed.

  13. Genny Culver-Miller says

    Thank you for offering this wonderful give-a-way! I would love the heirloom seeds to plant in our garden. The book offer would be awesome too! Keep up the great work! And God Bless!

  14. Julie Schmidt says

    Melissa, I would love to keep this strain of green beans going. What a wonderful story about your family’s history. Thank you for sharing. God bless.

  15. Kristi says

    Glad I ran across your blog! My fingers are crossed….would love to win some heirloom seeds for our garden this year and to share with the farmily! Looking forward also to now reading your posts and books! Thanks!

    • says

      Hi, Kristi. Glad you found us too! I wish I had enough seed to give everyone. We did increase our garden space this year, so I’m hoping to save more for next years giveaway. I look forward to getting to know you and would love to hear what you think of the books once you have a chance to read them. Good luck. :)

  16. says

    I haven’t been able to grow hardly anything in my garden for the last two years. I would love to get the book and seeds to read up on some new tips and figure out what is going wrong.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    • says

      Lisa, I have a free ebook, Heirloom Gardening Guide-Plant to Save Money, that may help you. If you just put your email in the subscribe button below the cover (on the top right side bar of this page) you’ll get a copy emailed to you. Have you had an extremely wet or dry season?

  17. says

    Ruth is probably my favorite story in the Old Testament – I love the wisdom in Psalms and Proverbs though. My favorite verse in Ruth is where she showed her devotion to Naomi in chapter 1, verses 16-18:
    16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
    17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
    18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

  18. Becky I. says

    Jeremiah 29:11

    New International Version (NIV)

    11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

    I also like the book of Ruth!

  19. vickie says

    my favorite herb is cilantro i love the smell and use it in alot of recipes.yes i do have a veggie garden i grow in my greenhouse,we live on coast and this is the best way i founfd for tomatoes and peppers.i have not read the new book from cindy woodsmall yet but it on my list

    • says

      Vickie, cilantro is a great herb. I’m so happy to hear you can grow some of your veggies and I’m slightly jealous you have a greenhouse. I’m limited in the winter months, though we do garlic.

  20. Natalie Holmgren says

    I love saving seeds from one year to the next or from new plantings. I love using fresh herbs I’ve grown in my cooking and canning! Would be awesome to get your book!

  21. Cindi Altman says

    Do you have a vegetable garden? Yes, we have a good size garden
    What’s your favorite herb to cook with? I’d say garlic, basil and parsley are my favorites
    Who did you resonate most with from the characters in A Season of Tending? I haven’t read A Season of Tending yet.

  22. Stephanie says

    I am so excited and sure hope that I win! I have found that I love gardening and canning! I even made my own pumpkin pie puree from baking pumpkins this past year! I don’t think that i can go back to store canned items except to supplement.

  23. Megan Parsons says

    I haven’t ventured into the gardening stage yet, but I do plant flowers finally! I would love to have a garden with watermelon!!!

    • says

      Megan, I want a garden with watermelon, too! :) We live in fairly cool climate so I’ve never tried melons. I hope you put some veggies in this year, but nasturtiums are a pretty flower and make a nice edible edition to salads.

  24. Mary Mullet says

    We always had a vegetable garden on the Amish farm where I grew up in Indiana. I don’t have a garden now, but hopefully sometime soon. My favorite herb to cook with is garlic because I like garlic chicken the best. I haven’t had the ability to read A Season of Tending yet, but it’s next on my “to read” list!!


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