There was a bit in a book or movie about a woman who loved to plunge her hands into bins of beans in the grocery store, and I didn’t really understand it. I always thought of dried beans as powdery and flakey. But fresh dried beans, fresh dried beans are glorious and wonderful to run through your hands. At Full Circle Farm we grow beans for eating fresh, and this year some beans for drying. Unfortunately volunteer workers keep accidentally picking the shelling beans thinking they are ripe eating beans. But some of them make it to the drying stage. This lovely bucket is the result of a great big pile of bean plants. Penelope agreed that they were wonderful to plunge your hands into, silky smooth and clattery. Magic beans. Pour your favorite toddler a bowl full to play with.

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