Beans, Beans
Last year we grew two beans that we really liked - the Cherokee Trail of Tears, a black bean, and Good Mother Stallard, a creamy, speckled  bean that makes amazing sausage and bean soup.   We also grew blue peas, which had lovely flowers and pods and tasted nasty.  Two out of three isn't bad, so we added four more, some to fill a void:  pinto type (Hutterite) and kidney type (Charlevoix), and some were just too cute to pass up (Calypso and Tiger's Eye).  

The seeds and the small pictures are from Seed Saver's Exchange, a group that is preserving heirloom vegetable seeds and making them available to the public.  Check out their website for more information.

Cherokee Trail of Tears
Cherokee Trail of Tears bean - Seed Savers Exchange photo
Given to SSE in 1977 by the late Dr. John Wyche, SSE member from Hugo, OK. Dr. Wyche’s Cherokee ancestors carried this bean over the Trail of Tears, the infamous winter death march from October 1838 in the Smoky Mountains to March 26, 1839 in Oklahoma, leaving a trail of 4,000 graves. Shiny jet-black seeds. Green 6" pods with purple overlay, good for snaps and dry beans. Pole habit, 85 days.
Good Mother Stallard
Good Mother Stallard Bean - Seed Savers Exchange photo Frankie shells the beans he picked.
Introduced to SSE members over a decade ago by Glenn Drowns. Family heirloom that has been enjoyed for generations. A great dry bean, wonderful rich, meaty flavor, great for soups. Very productive, 5-6 seeds per pod. Pole habit, 85-95 days.

          In October, 2007, the beans were dry and ready to harvest.  Frankie helped to pick and shell the beans.

These beans make a fantastic soup.

Two cups of Good Mother Stallard beans, soaked and then partially cooked in plain water.
Italian sausage, onion, celery, carrot browned.  
Add water, beans, salt, pepper, boullon, bay leaf, chard, and complete cooking.
Serve with no-knead bread  and butter, with or without sharp cheddar cheese.  Mmmmmmm.
Calypso bean - aka Orca aka Yin Yang - Seed Savers Exchange photo
(a.k.a. Orca or Yin Yang) One of the all time best for baking and soups. Strong 15" plants, round black and white seeds with contrasting eye. Averages 4-5 seeds per pod, productive. Bush habit, 70-90 days.
Hutterite Soup
Hutterite bean - Seed Savers Exchange photo
One of the best heirloom varieties for making soup. Beans soak up water well and cook very quickly. Makes a truly excellent creamy white soup. Very productive, greenish yellow seeds with a distinctive dark ring around the eye. Bush habit, 85-90 days.
Tiger's Eye
Tiger Eye Bean - Seed Savers Exchange photo
Originally from either Chile or Argentina. One of the most beautiful of all the dry beans. Wonderfully rich flavor and smooth texture. Very tender skins almost disappear when cooked. Great for chili or refried beans. Can also be used as a fresh shell bean. Very productive 24" plants. Bush habit, 80-90 days.
Also makes a lovely soup.  
Charlevoix bean - Seed Savers Exchange photo
Prized for the tasty thick broth it produces in soups, stews and chili. Originally obtained from the Self-Sufficient Seed Company, via SSE member Glenn Drowns. Developed by the USDA and Michigan State in 1963. Bush habit, 80-90 days.

Blue Peas  - Blauwschokkers
Blue Pea - Blauwschokkers - Seed Savers Exchange photo

"Blauwschokkers" Soup peas have been enjoyed as a winter staple in Europe for centuries. Spectacular plants are beautiful enough to grow as an ornamental. Productive strain from Holland. Soak dry seeds overnight before cooking. Vigorous 5-6' tall plants. Soup, 80-85 days.

          Sadly, these beautiful peas are not delicious.  We soaked them overnight, then cooked them for hours.  They never softened and they tasted awful.  We are growing them again for their ornamental value.  You can see the bloom in the garden page from last year.

Eight spotted forester, forrester, 8 spotted moth

Here's a link to all the grandkids' pages.


This has been a spring and summer of getting around. 2005

You can see those pictures:
We're off to Maine for a week of pictures and lobster!  Day 5
The New York State Fair - lots of chickens and other animals.
A search for Rexford Falls and finding the Sherburne Historic District.
Antique Firetrucks in Liverpool.
Balloons at the Spiedie Fest.
A trip to Utica to see Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum and Fountain Elms
We rented a canoe at Nathaniel Cole Park.

A visit to Hanford Mills and the Lumberjack Show
Hancock Shaker Village.
A trip to Pixley Falls and Delta Lake.
We watched them set up the Big Top at the Circus
We went to the Utica Zoo
Then we went to the Syracuse Zoo
Wickwire House in Cortland
A trip to babysit the grandkids
A visit to Boston to see a Red Sox Game
Drive through Edmeston area to see the animals
Ithaca Herbert F. Johnson museum trip
And there are lots of pictures of our trip out west.

 travel to
Texas Day 1 San Antonio to Pearsall
Texas Day 2 Pearsall to Laredo
Texas Day 3 Laredo to Brownsville
Texas Day 4 South Padre Island

Texas Signs amused us
More signs.

Art Museum at Vassar

Mid Atlantic:  
Longwood Gardens
Longwood Fountains
Longwood Flowers
Winterthur Silver
Winterthur Children's Park

Old Stone Fort, Schoharie, NY
Cherry Valley, New York
CMOG  Corning Museum of Glass -

Hot adventures
from other summers:

Chittenango Falls
Fort Stanwix

Frankie plays LaCrosse.  And we see the second game.
The ballet recital features Peri!
Candy graduates with a BS/RN.


And a
froggie came a wooing.

Then there was a new moth.
A hailstorm surprised us in June.
The daffodils are in bloom in April.
In May, it's tulips and bleeding heart. And pinks and purples.
And weeds!!
Tomatoes are ready to start.
And there are beans.
So are onions.

Spring finds us in Maryland and Delaware.
New Castle, Delaware, is a quaint river town.  
may not be published yet.
The flowers were lovely.  

And so were the birds and other animals.
Longwood Gardens has opened it's Children's Indoor Garden with wonderful whimsical fountains.
Oh, my, there are orchids!
Fall trip to Vermont and New Hampshire.

Our trip to Baltimore and Washington.
Baltimore people watching
Baltimore Architecture
Baltimore Orioles game
we're off to Washington, DC
Washington flowers are here
American Indian museum
Fireworks on the Fourth of July

Garden - heirloom tomatoes
     Garden in June
We made Dill Pickles
And we picked blueberries and made blueberry buckle and cobbler.

We love the minimalist (NY Times) no-knead bread.

In July the daylilies are blooming

B-Mets game
A strange vine appeared
    It's carrion flower - or Jacob's ladder.
We went to Meredith Dairy Days
Downy Woodpecker feeds its baby.



Other interests: 

House and Garden


No Knead Bread

daffodil 3

Animals hummingbirds  2
robin baby

Gray Fox

Insects  - moth pictures - polyphemus

Hummingbird Moth  1  2

October Snow
Oxford House
Tree Disaster
In Autumn    Before/After Exterior

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park  2

kids on the swing

First Published 6/29/08
Added to on December 20, 2008

Photos by Leslie  or Seed Savers Exchange Folks

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