Answer: What a nice gesture! Some of the old varieties are truly more tasty than new ones, which have been bred for things like ease of harvest and shelf life, rather than taste. Unfortunately, the old varieties of tomatoes especially show little disease resistance, so they may need extra attention in the garden.
Burpee has an heirloom catalog with lots of old varieties. You can order a catalog from the web site at http://www.burpee.com, or search their online catalog. Some great old varieties include 'Brandywine' and 'Mortgage Lifter' tomatoes, and 'Kentucky Wonder Pole Snap' and 'Tenderpod' beans. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a source for "stringy" beans!
You might also enjoy visiting Seeds of Change web site http://store.yahoo.com/seedsofchange/
Also, here's the web address for an article about the Seed Savers Exchange:
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