Lots and Lots of Beans.

Bag full of goodies

That’s exactly what we came home to after 11 glorious days back east.  Lots and lots and lots of beans.  So many that we actually enlisted help in exchange for a mid-day burger feast.

Our friends Malcolm and Khai helped us out with bean duty. I accidentally gave Malc a busted bag, so I believe this is a freeze-frame of him politely muttering.

We’ve got 4 varieties going to town right now – a truly delicious and productive yellow bean called Buerre de Roquencourt, a classic green bean called Provider Snap Bush Bean, a hearty flat bush bean called Roma II and a thin french filet bush bean called Tavera Bush Bean.  I can’t find the link for the Tavera, but they are similar to these.  Here’s a picture of them.  I’m thinking blanched and tossed in some super garlicky olive oil.

We first tried harvesting around 1pm today – BAD idea.  We returned around 5pm to a cool breeze.  It doesn’t matter to Todd, though.  He just finds the nearest spot of shade, and he’s fine, thanks.

In case you can’t tell from the pictures above, John‘s home!  It’s so good to have him back.  I missed him very much.  The farm needs to be built with his hands, too.

So, our corn is now taller than me.

And, my most favorite thing that’s come from the ground, yet… Buttercup Squash.  I eat a lot of squash.  In an upcoming blog, I’ll be reviewing a book called Gut & Psychology Syndrome, which is a diet I loosely follow and the catalyst behind all the squash.

Vacation was wonderful, and I’m glad to be home.  Getting dirty and slowly discovering that growing my food is exactly what I’ve always wanted to do.

My birthday’s tomorrow.  Let’s all have a great week to celebrate.  Oh, and speaking of celebrations, congratulations to Vanessa Bonnin.  You won the Seeds of Change Giveaway!  Simply email me with an address of where you’d like your 25 packs of organic seeds to be shipped.  Way to go!


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Disclosure: I wrote this post while participating in the Sowing Millions Project by Real Food Media on behalf of Seeds of Change. I received product and exclusive content to facilitate my post. However, my thoughts and opinions are my own and not of those of Real Food Media or Seeds of Change.


  • I’m so excited to see how your garden bounty has come along… amazing to watch!
    Happy birthday!!!!

    August 8, 2011
  • Happy Birthday Molly (tomorrow?) This post is beautiful. Glad to see Todd gets some rest while everyone picks beans!

    August 8, 2011
  • Wow – I am so envious. Your garden, your farm, and your veggies are all super exciting. Fall is going to be bountiful in your home!

    August 8, 2011
  • I am jealous! I love fresh beans!

    August 8, 2011
  • Love the garden photos and can’t wait for our beans to come on … very late this year! Happy Birthday today!

    August 8, 2011
  • Wow, I’m so jealous of your corn. Mine got slowly gnawed away by various animals. So sad. But happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful birthday week and year!

    August 8, 2011
  • Mom

    Thirty three years ago I guess I wondered lots of things about you. I certainly haven’t ever been disappointed. Ever.

    August 8, 2011
  • Nichoel

    Happy Birthday Molly! Everything looks beautiful. I envy Todd, so comfy.

    August 9, 2011
  • Happy Birthday beautiful lady! I adore seeing you AND your garden! :)

    August 10, 2011
  • Diana S

    Hi, Molly.

    I just found your blog. I live in Moorpark also. I just have a small vegetable garden since I live on one of those oh-so-small typical CA lots. I grow climbing beans and they’ve done great this year. I grew buttercup squash last year and it took over my garden!

    I’m originally from the Wash., D.C. area and know Ocean City well. Welcome to the area. You’ll find it quite different from Chicago I’m sure.

    August 12, 2011
  • Lynn D

    The beans look so fresh and good. Wonder how all to prepare them. Prob stews….
    Diane , I live in Moorpark also with a few plants to eat from and some natives. Just harvested a watermelon(17lb). Favorite though is the baby zucini with flower sauted till taste of creamy butter and mild asperagus. Want to try beans and more plants!
    Is anyone going to the fermenting workshop tonight in Simi? Dont have a car and bus doesnt run that late.
    http://www.wapfsimi.blogspot.com/ Please e-mail your RSVP . Just $5 and a pint mason jar.
    Be Well
    Lynn D

    August 12, 2011
    • Molly Chester

      Did you end up going Lynn? I couldn’t make it, but I hope to attend a meeting soon!

      August 15, 2011
  • Marta

    Happy belated birthday!
    I´m happy that both our Johns are back and very much looking forward to visiting your farm!

    August 12, 2011
  • Beautiful! I LOVE having our own small backyard garden, but what a dream to live in a place with so much land.

    August 15, 2011
  • what a gorgeous garden!! and the buttercup squash looks like a japanese variety of pumpkin that i love!

    August 28, 2011

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