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Bean pots
Bean pots are ready to be put in the bean hole at the Common Ground Country Fair. Jean English photo for the Winter 2006-2007 Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

Starting the bean hole fireAccording to the Maine Folklife Center, Native Americans originated bean hole beans by baking beans with bear grease and maple syrup in clay pots covered with deerskins and buried in coals in the ground. The slow, long cooking makes the bean very digestible, tender and delicious.

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