Blue Goose Southern Pea [Out of Stock]


Blue Goose Southern Pea (Vigna unguiculata): I acquired Blue Goose from the USDA’s seed bank while trialing about 30 cowpeas and close relatives in Swannanoa, NC. While there is no shortage of cowpea varieties in the Southeast, the Blue Goose really grabbed my attention. See why below!

Seed keeper: Mark Dempsy, Swannanoa, NC

Germination Rate: 94%

Packet Weight: 14g (approx 120 seeds per packet).

Shipping is charged at a flat rate of $5 per shipment, so order as many packets as you like! Note: SEEDS WILL SHIP THE LAST WEEK OF MARCH.


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Cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata), aka Southern Peas, are a warm-season crop originating in Africa and are well-adapted to the hot and humid climate of the Southeastern U.S. I acquired Blue Goose from the USDA’s seed bank while trialing about 30 cowpeas and close relatives in Swannanoa, NC. While there is no shortage of cowpea varieties in the Southeast, the Blue Goose really grabbed my attention and checked all the boxes:

      1. It is a vigorous, high-yielding crop
      2. It is relatively well-behaved, having a large semi-bush habit
      3. It cooks up quickly and tastes great
      4. The seed has a wonderfully unique blue-gray color.

In my experience growing Blue Goose in the last 7 years it has averaged about 15 lbs seed per 100 ft-row.

Mark’s Background:
I’ve loved cowpeas, beans, and other legumes for about as long as I can remember. My love for legumes is three-fold: first, for their wonderful culinary value, and all of the amazing dishes that are made with them. Second, their positive effects on human health — they’re rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and prebiotics, and eating them is associated with living longer. And, third, for their amazing role in cropping systems, where they require little fertilizer, produce more protein per acre than any other crop or livestock, and are sure to be an important part of feeding our growing population in the future. I’ve had a small-scale commercial legume operation in Swannanoa, NC since 2015 after having worked in large-scale grain farming in Pennsylvania for many years. My hope is to continue scaling up production to meet the growing market demand for legumes in the Asheville area.


Fellow collective member Yanna Fishman has also been growing this pea for many years, having first been gifted it by her 95-year-old friend, Ms. Allein Stanley. Here is what Ms. Stanley says:

Ms Allein Stanley (born 1928) comments about Blue Goose crowder:
“It’s a South Carolina variety, at least that’s what we always grew. I think it’s such a pretty and tasty pea. I know my grandparents had it in their garden. I just remember eating it fresh, but pretty sure some were saved for winter. Commonly we ate ‘peas and snaps’ if you are familiar with that. ‘Peas and snaps’ are the fully developed peas cooked with the young peas still snappable – peas barely forming. Simmer for about an hour. Or more. You want a good pot liquor.”


The Appalachian Seed Growers Collective

Things that are important to us:

  • Regionally Adapted – our seeds have been grown and saved in place for at least three years by farmers in the region.
  • Regionally Important – as a regional seed collective we are open to growing and stewarding seeds that have regional historic or cultural significance.
  • Seed Grower Community – we want to create community and opportunities for people to become seed growers in Southern Appalachia, including new farmers.
  • Seed Grower Economics – as a collective we are advocating for better seed contract prices and terms for our collective and sharing the economic risks of growing seeds.
  • Valuing Land and Labor – our internal economics pays growers for their time and land use in growing seeds, not for the quantity of seeds they produce. This eliminates inherent risks in growing seeds and varietal variations in yield, but also allows growers to select for quality over quantity.

SEED SALES WILL RUN UNTIL MARCH 15TH OR UNTIL WE RUN OUT OF STOCK. ALL ORDERS WILL BE HAND PACKED BY OUR COLLECTIVE THE THIRD WEEK OF MARCH AND SHIPPED BY THE LAST WEEK OF MARCH. Your seed purchasing directly supports the work of the collective and is very much appreciated in these early stages!

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