Monthly Archives: November 2011

Regarding Thanksgiving

“Wake up now, look alive, for here is a day off work just to praise Creation: the turkey, the squash, and the corn, these things that ate and drank sunshine, grass, mud and rain, and then in the shortening days laid down their lives for our welfare and onward resolve. There’s the miracle for you, the absolute sacrifice that still holds back seeds: a germ of promise to do the whole thing again, another time.”

Barbara Kingslover,  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Thanksgiving celebrates the bounty of the growing season and provides a special day to offer thanks for the many other blessings in our lives.  What a perfect combination:  food from the garden and thankful hearts!

No matter where our food came from–the grocery store shelves or the organic farm, or perhaps our own backyard–Thanksgiving is the perfect time to pause and reflect on the growing season from start to end.  Here is the culmination of that season and all its elements: seed, soil, sun, water, and the gardener’s touch.  Praise God for that he gives us the chance to take part in the awesome process of providing sustenance for ourselves and the ones we love.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Shelling Beans

I really enjoy the task of shelling dried beans at the end of the season.  They pop right open and the beans are easily removed.  It’s satisfying to fill up a bowl with dried beans and then run my hand through them, thinking about how months ago I planted a few beans in the ground and now I have a whole bowlful to enjoy.

This year I planted Turkey Craw and Good Mother Stallard both from Seed Savers Exchange.  From the SSE online catalog you can purchase beans for planting and bags of beans for cooking.  So it’s not too late to place an order for some quality dried beans even if you didn’t plant any yourself this year!

Beans are a nutritious, filling bang-for-your-buck food and no pantry should be without.  I’m glad I grew some of my own this year.  And though I didn’t get a huge harvest, I am happy to have been a part of the process of getting this staple into my pantry.  Maybe next year I’ll try a new variety or grow more.

And I should mention, if shelling beans doesn’t thrill you like it does me… it’s a great activity for the kids to do.  My five year old LOVES to shell the beans and it keeps him busy for awhile.

See what I did with last year’s bean harvest.  Beans: Really Slow Food