Bean, Bush Dry, 'Marfax'

Also known as Marafax, or Marifax, This beloved New England bean has a long but difficult to track history, said by some to have been introduced by the federal government to “Downeast” Maine during the depression. Medium-sized, round, buff-brown beans are rich in flavor and very well adapted to cool climate growing. It is a classic variety for baked beans and hearty soups with a toothsome texture that retains its shape even with long slow cooking. A traditional way of cooking these in old Maine logging camps was the “Bean Hole”, a rock-lined fire pit in the ground where the bean pot was buried and slow-cooked from the heat of the stones. We grew Marfax years ago and are always thrilled to have it as one of our dry bean staples (we may very well eat more than we sell!). Very early, reliable and mouthwatering with rosemary and olive oil.
85 days. UO

Packet: 1oz (~ 80 seeds)

Product Code: BEA-MX-pkt

Availability:In stock

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Growing Info


Direct seed after the last frost date when soil has warmed. 

Note: Beans prefer well-drained, warm soil.




6 seeds per linear foot, 2-3" between plants, in rows 15-18" apart.


5-10 days @ soil temp 65-90F


Full sun to part shade


Low to average. Beans prefer well-drained warm soil with a pH between 6.0-7.0.


Beans prefer warm soils and may rot at lower temperatures. This is particularly true for white seeded varieties. You love beans. Patience.

To increase yields in areas where beans have not previously been grown, use an inoculant to introduce rhizobia bacteria into the soil.

Allow pods to dry on plant before harvest.