Green Beans

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

These days I am out in the garden ALOT! Today I realized that the some of the green beans were going to be in danger of becoming chicken food if I didn't address them ASAP. As I pulled up some of the more mature plants an image of my Mom floated in front of my eyes. She grew up during the depression in a small town in southeastern Massachusetts. Like many families in that era the backyard garden and chicken coop was common. My Mom tells of eating greens beans and carrots everyday for lunch and dinner. She ate so many of them that she came to HATE them and when she became an adult never ate them AGAIN!
My Grandfather was the Secretary of the YMCA and in those days the Y was quite a bit different. Middleboro was a town located along the tracks and many a hungry men simply travelled around looking for work. As a result many stayed at the Y. HUNGER there was common place. One day she convinced my Grandmother that they really should SHARE the bounty and even offered to pick and cook them so that those hungry people could have some FOOD! She thought she was pulling the wool over her mother's eyes but I think they were just helping her learn the importance of helping others less fortunate. The funny thing is, today I too, will share the bounty as my husband and I bring our extra vegetables to the senior citizen complex in our town.
Life's circle just continues..........

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    What heartwarming memories. Dad always grew way more than we needed so he could share with other families.
    2041 days ago
    What a wonderful story. If only there were more people willing to share their blessings. My husband won't eat a lot of fruits and I wonder if it's because he's had his fill as a child.

    2042 days ago
    My husband's parents came from the midwest and their big thing when they were poor was to eat corn, corn on the cob. When he was little sometimes a meal would just be lots of corn. They lived in New England by the time he was born but it didn't matter. Anyway, now he hates corn and will not eat it. He will cook it for me but he will not touch it himself.

    As far as green beans go... when my daughter was a baby/toddler she LOVED green beans. We could go to a restaurant and order green beans for her and she would need seconds. Now she's 6 years old and won't touch ANYTHING green except grapes. Go figure!

    Nice of you to help the folks at the senior center. Wish my garden grew something besides weeds.
    2043 days ago
    I would love some home grown green beans. Dd didn't get her garden planted this year and we don't do much anymore.
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    Those were the days! In my area, they are starting to do more of that again & I'm so glad!!! emoticon emoticon
    2045 days ago
    Heartwarming!! emoticon
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    Our local farmer's market takes contributions over to the homeless shelter. If I have extra, I always know I can harvest it on Saturday morning and bring it to the market!
    2045 days ago
    May the circle go unbroken! I love the idea. I remember our garden as a child. I remember getting up and getting to it early and then I remember why I always buy corn already bagged and fixed. I got sick of having to pull it, shuck it, and clean it etc... So much easier to buy it already done! I guess I am just plum lazy! We just had so much to do and we did appreciate it when the winter set in though! Thanks for the memory lane walk this morning! Have a great day. emoticon
    2045 days ago
    I am so touched that you are open to share your bounty with those less fortunate.
    May you know many blessings.
    2045 days ago
    What a wonderful idea! When you started talking about green beans I too had a vision of my mom. She use to make the best green bean and potato soup. Oh, how I miss that soup nad my mom. emoticon
    2045 days ago
    It's good of you to share!
    2045 days ago
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