8/2012 gratitute, beans, farmer’s market

gratitude

Today has been full of amazing things, and it got even better because we received a bunch of super thoughtful and delighted feedback. An anonymous admirer note with a handmade magnet that says “Bless this Farm, Bless this Dream.” An email detailing the dinners that a new customer couple of ours made from our foods, complete with pictures, and another series of photos from a customer and supporter who took pictures of her Sampler Share in an artful way, which makes our hearts soar with gratitude. We grew these things, we tended them into existence, but we couldn’t have done that without this land & without our customers’ moral and financial support. So full of gratitude. No farm should be an island. Live by the golden rule, and do your best job possible. Give, reach out, and soak in what you get back. Still canning….

…..more and more delicious apples, 28 quarts of my divine applesauce safely stowed away in glass today, as well as more dilly beans, a new ketchup recipe too.

 

Life is good this year, so much better than last year! Last year we had predator problems, we had the hoophouse plastic tear off completely, we had runty vegetables with little production, we had sooooo many problems! And again, if it hadn’t been for our customers, we wouldn’t have had the chance to having this 2nd go at it. What a difference a year makes, dear me. Just feeling reflective and so very grateful today for each and every day, wow.

dry beans

It’s funny the things you hoard when you put a lot of work into them…I still have several jars of the dry beans (black/pinto/kidney) we grew last year, sitting on the shelf. They carry too much emotional investment to consider cooking!

Some of the things we grow, sadly, would make more sense to buy. Organic Pinto beans for instance. They were on sale for 79 cents a pound. That’s a great deal on an organic food that’s filling, full of protein and fiber. I bought 20lbs.

To harvest ONE pound of dry beans will take hours to collect and then shell. It is true that planting the seeds and mulching the growing plants isn’t hard. But when I can get organic pinto beans at the co-op for 79 cents a pound, why would I spend my time growing & shelling my own? Cuz it feels amazing. I grew these beans and it’s so satisfying! Not to mention that the plants actually are improving our soil with their nitrogen fixing root nodules and organic matter that will build our soil humus. We just won’t make any money growing dry beans on this scale, and we won’t really be saving much either, but that’s ok.

We could grow fancy dry beans. Heirlooms with names like “Turkey Craw” or “Goat Eye” or “Good Mother Stallard.” However, the seed price for the gorgeous heirlooms is outrageous. Like they are designer beans or something?! Heirloom beans for seed are $12-14/lb through Seed Savers Exchange!! I’m all down with what that organization is doing, but their price is WAY out of our budget. Even though some heirloom beans taste amazing and have noteworthy textures, many of them disappointingly melt as they cook, so in the looks department, they are only worth that price sitting looking pretty in a jar on the shelf. If they do taste any better, I’d say it it because of the pricetag and the beautiful novelty of them. Beans taste good, like beans, in my opinion. But I have said that about organic chicken and been corrected by myself before….

Heirlooms don’t produce any more beans than my cheap pintos. You can’t beat 79 cents a pound for organic seed. Yes, I did use some of those 20lbs as seed to grow more pinto beans. Why? I because I can.

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