The dried beans we get from Charley Baer, former Moraine Farm farmer, are fresh dried beans: Grown on his new farm in Maine and harvested last fall, these dried beans don’t take long to cook. I cooked a pound of his yellow eye heirloom beans too long yesterday and found myself with some very soft beans. What to do?
I made white bean dip with some of the beans! I used mint as well as a hodge-podge of other spices. You’ll find a pot of mint just outside the door to the CSA distribution. Please feel free to take a few sprigs. The rest of the beans went into a batch of Garlicky Bean Spread.
Baer’s Best Beans will be available for purchase all season in the CSA shop. Right now we have Black Turtle Beans and Yellow Eye. If there’s a dried bean variety you like, let me know. If Charley grows it, I bet we can get it for the shop.
Here are some links to stories about Charley and his beans:
A Gardener’s Hearty Jacob’s Cattle Tortilla Dinner
Spilling the Beans