Last week I harvested the first of this year’s dried bean crop. I am growing four different bean varieties this year Tiger Eye, Jacob’s Cattle, Hutterite, and Calypso. Each of these varieties has a distinct colorful pattern hidden underneath their pods.
As a vegetable farmer most crops I grow are highly perishable, needing to be eaten right way or prepared in someway for long-term storage. But dried beans are wonderful, in that after shelling the beans from their dried pods they are non-perishable and will last for over a year in a closed container.
I let the beans dry in their pods out in the field. I just have to make sure I harvest them before the ground squirrels start to harvest the beans, for their own winter food storage.