There’s a good deal to know about dried beans. Here’s a link to Central Bean Company. The site has information about large scale bean production, as well as tips on how to prepare, store and cook with beans. Check out the bean combine photos on the lower right side of the home page. You won’t see a combine that big in Massachusetts. Our bean production is on a much smaller scale, as are our the combines. (That makes it sound like we might have a lot of small combines in Massachusetts. I don’t think so. I bet there aren’t more than a half dozen bean combines in the state.)
This year I’ve included dried beans in the winter share. I think that since beans are a less expensive (financially and environmentally) source of protein than meat, it just makes sense to eat more of them. And it sure makes sense to support one of the few beans growers in Massachusetts by including his crop in our CSA share.
Shared Harvest shareholders will get two pounds of Baer’s Best dark red kidney beans in the next CSA share. Here are two of my favorite ways to use these beans.
Red Beans and Rice
Moosewood Vegetarian Chili