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Sunday Dec. 3rd...Join us for some Heirloom Carolina Red Dry Bean Picking!

Posted 11/30/2017 11:23pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.
Arugula's Star Farm Tiding #11
December 1st has arrived and now in our book, so has the Christmas Holidays! We wish you all the merriest and sincerest of Seasons.  
As I was looking at the weather, I realized that this weekend would be a great time to get the last of the Heirloom Carolina Red Lima Dry Beans Harvested, before the rains and the colder weather pushes in.  Since I know we will be out picking all day on Sunday the 3rd, I had the idea to extend these pickings to you.  What a better start of the Holiday season than gathering beautiful festive red lima beans that then can be shelled around your families fireplaces over the holidays and into the New Year.  With the dark coming upon us now at 4:45, there is a wonderful opportunity in the evening for shelling.  I know this sounds quite archaic, but believe me there is something calming and purposeful about shelling beans.  
The weather on Sunday is forecasted to be in the 60's and sunny, which is prefect for this unusual farm outing.  Anytime really from 9:00am till 4:30pm would be a great time to come pick.  Then depending on if anyone would have the interest we will end the day up on top of the grassy hill top around an outside fire pit.   Just bring your favorite fireside drinks and snacks, if this notion "strikes a spark" of interest. The whole day will be a very casual affair, as not to be expecting any bells and whistles...just pure nature pickin fun!  
Dry Bean Picking Details and Cost:
It takes approximately 40-45 minutes to pick a full Half Bushel Basket of Limas.  
That 1/2 Bushel Holds about 5.8 lbs of Shell Beans, which then translates into about 4 lbs of Dry Beans.  
4 lbs of Dry Beans should give you about 10-11 cups.  
As a side note, everytime I cook up Dry Beans for us I use 2 cups of Dry Beans.  This means that if you or your family picked a 1/2 Bushel Full then you could make about 5 dishes from that amount.  You can choose if you would like to harvest more than 1/2 Bushel.  
We sell these Genuine SeedtoGather & biodynamic practices, Heirloom Carolina Red Limas for $6.25/lb, but for you as a "Pick your Own" Crop the cost will be $4.25/lb.    
These will be the best Lima Beans you have ever eaten for certain and all the while will serve you as a wonderful winter staple. 
We will hope to see a handful of people perhaps.  If you or your family have intentions of trying to come out, please send a quick e-mail or call letting us know.  Here is a link to directions to our farm. Driving Directions

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401


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