If the old adage "beans, beans, a healthy fruit" is true, the Kelley family may live forever. They have been trading in dry beans and seed (and no, beans aren't really a fruit, they're legumes) for years. It started in 1927 when Chester Brown began introducing Great Northern beans to the dry climate of western Nebraska. In 1982, the Chester B. Brown Co. became the Kelley Bean Co., and the rest, as they say, is music to bean lovers' ears and tummies. Today the company packages and distributes the Great Northern, pinto, small red, pink, light red kidney, black, and navy beans grown by its partner/farmers. Kelley supplies canning and foodservice customers worldwide.