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    Charley Baer of South Berwick grows heirloom beans and uses antique equipment to sort and process them.

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    Baer holds the flower of a growing cannellini bean at his farm.

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    Bear's Best "top quality, hand picked" heirloom beans are bagged and ready for shipment at Lover's Brook Farm, owned and operated by Charley Baer of South Berwick.

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    Baer uses this 1960-era International planter to plant his 20 acres of heirloom beans. The planter can plant four rows at once, adds fertilizer and plants an acre an hour. "Growing beans takes a lot of specialized machinery," says Baer.

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    Three varieties of his heirloom beans, Jacob's Cattle, Marfax and Calypso, are grown at Lover's Brook Farm.

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    Baer uses this 1948 Farmall Model C tractor every day for light duty work as he farms heirloom beans.

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    Baer grows heirloom beans and uses antique equipment to sort and process them.

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