September is a special month on the farm. We are just starting to harvest all the wonderful fall crops, yet we still have all the amazing summer crops as well. We'll let you know about the upcoming fall crops soon, they are growing well and look great. Now is the time to take full advantage of tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, beans, sweet corn, and all your summer favorites. They won't be in season much longer.
This week we're celebrating green beans! Green Beans are one of the keystone crops for us, and we begin work on the beans in March with the first seeding. Harvests start in late May, and will run through the middle of October with some luck. That is twenty-two plantings of green beans! This week we'll have the Jade variety, a customer favorite, though don't tell our long time bean manger. Caitlan loves the flavor of the Provider variety.
No matter which is available, the great flavor and tender texture allow the beans to join in on any dish or recipe. If I need a snack, a handful of beans straight from the field works great. It's even better when I've some hummus at hand. At home, I can't get over beans sauteed with garlic and salt. Add a bit more oil than you think is strictly necessary, smash some garlic, add snipped beans, cook until the color brightens, add salt and enjoy. They also work the next day on a salad adding green garlicky flavor.