Here is the machine we use to harvest beans, it is a green bean combine. This picture was taken from the cab of the tractor (David’s view), looking back at the machine. A person sits on a platform (see Chad with flannel shirt) and keeps watch on the beans as they fall out of the chute. The tan crates are full of beans. To the left are unharvested beans, to the right is the stubble after the harvest.

When the beans come into the packing shed we need to pick through them to remove any stems, leaves or broken beans.

The sorted beans roll into a waiting crate.

Our daughter Becky who lives on the west coast, is studying to be a health coach and will periodically be submitting nutritional information on vegetables.  Her first article is on green beans:

One of my first memories of the farm back when I was 11 years old was picking beans. I remember how long it took to fill the seeming endless bucket. And how I felt I would never reach the end of the row. And how much hotter the sun felt when I was picking beans. Although picking beans was clearly not my favorite farm job as a kid, green beans were one of my favorite farm vegetables to eat. My father now has a fancy farm implement that can mass harvest the beans. So today I am not here to harvest the beans for your CSA share, but to share with you the nutritional value of this vegetable that is so easy to love.

Green beans are a good source of many vitamins, minerals, and plant derived micronutrients. They are also rich in dietary fiber. Green beans are high in vitamin K which is responsible for helping your blood clot properly and plays a role in the health of your bones. Green beans are also a great source of the antioxidant vitamins A and C.  Antioxidants work to reduce the amount of harmful free radicals in the body. Having too many free radicals can cause premature aging, cancer, and heart disease. Vitamin A is also vital for vision and needed for repair of tissue and bones, while vitamin C is need to heal wounds and form scar tissue. In addition, green beans are a source of several carotenoids, which are a form of vitamin A that act as antioxidants. Carotenoids in green beans include beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Green beans contain a good amount of the B vitamin folate, which contributes to the growth and health of your cells and is crucial during pregnancy. In addition beans contain healthy amount of the minerals iron, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

 

To your health,

Becky Perkins

Holistic Health Coach

www.yourtruebalance.com