Thursday, August 20, 2009

Beans Galore!

It had been two days since I last picked beans, thanks to the rain, so last night I knew there would be some ripe ones. Boy, was I right! I nearly filled up my half-bushel box on one bed of pole beans! By the time the pole beans were picked, I had to get a second basket for the bush beans. Total harvest: nearly a whole bushel!

I have the most colorful beans: purple beans, green beans, yellow beans, green beans with purple stripes. Last year I also had yellow beans with pink stripes, but I ran out of room this year and none of the runner beans were planted.

And what does one do with all these beans? Well, one doesn't have time to make the planned zucchini bread! Nope, one is up until 11:30 PM cutting them. I refused to start the blanching and freezing process that late, though, so that will be the project for tonight. Soon the freezer will be full of beans!


Anonymous said...

What is the name of the bean pictured above with the purple on it? A friend gave me a ton of those beans which he had canned, and they were the best green bean ever! But he had no clue what kind they were, we have since moved far away and lost contact, and I can't find anywhere to get them.

Ellen Rathbone said...

Those are rattlesnake beans. You can find them at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, FEDCO seeds, Seed Savers Exchange, High Mowing Seeds...most of the places that sell heirloom varieties. They are one of my favorites.