Tongsee Xiong and his wife Xai Lor are Hmong immigrants, practicing traditional farming at Bean Market Farm in Rosemont, Minnesota. Raised in a farming community in Laos, Tongsee came to the United States in 1971. In 1996, he began his own family farm. The Xiong family grows heirloom beans, squash blossoms, fenugreek, peanuts, strawberries and other seasonal produce using time-tested traditional methods on their rented land south of the Twin Cities. Tongsee and Xai are committed to the health of the land and the community and never use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
In addition to fruits and vegetables, Bean Market is widely known for selling beautiful heirloom dried beans at the Mill City Farmers Market all year long. Even in the heart of winter when their fields are covered in snow, Tongsee and Xai bring a gorgeous variety of colorful speckled dry beans and other winter storage crops to the Mill City Farmers Market’s indoor winter markets.