Today’s trip to the Farmer’s Market yielded the season’s first beans. They were yellow beans. But still beans. And what do we do when we find beans? Make Dilly Beans of course!
Dilly Beans are incredibly easy. They are only a bit time consuming because of having to cut them to size and fit them all in the jars. It helps to have good straight beans. Mr. Sherman at the Farmer’s Market always has the straightest beans. I don’t know why, but they are very dependable. He’s in his eighties and I don’t know where I am going to get them when he stops farming. Hopefully it will be a long time before I have to think about it.
My husband’s family loves them and I can never make enough each year. The yellow beans do just as well as green ones on flavor. They don’t seem to wow the judges at the fair as much though and have never won a ribbon like their green counterparts.
In other news, Betty has begun laying dependably again. A large deep brown egg everyday. Hopefully Doris will follow suit soon. The younger girls are at 13 weeks and still have a bit to go. Soon we will have enough to barter for other farmer’s products. A good network of island farmers and a stocked pantry are an integral part of being prepared if we are ever cut off from the mainland.