Our beans are going crazy! We grew green poke beans and bush beans that come in yellow, green and purple. We can go harvest several pounds of beans at just about any time and they are just getting started. The problem is that they don’t sell especially well.
Often we choose what to grow based on what sells well, but we have to grow a legume in order to add nitrogen to the soil. It is a crucial part of crop rotation, so we will continue to grow beans. I suspect that means we are going to figure out how to pickle or can beans and eat them all winter. And while that is fine, it creates larger problems.
Farmers across the country should be growing legumes in order to fix nitrogen and decrease fertilizer use. If people aren’t buying beans, what is a farmer to do? Many farmers simply add anhydrous ammonia. Food grows that way, but it is really not sustainable. It destroys the soil and life around it.
Either that, or farmers grow soybeans. That works, but much of that goes to making soybean oil that often ends up in junk food. It ends up in junk food because it is a low quality inexpensive oil (because farmers need to grow way more legumes than there is demand for).
So I think everyone should eat more beans.