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8/1/11 11:00 P

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This month the wellness center where I work has organized a farmer's market where folks will bring their excess produce to sell and the money will benefit the employee relief fund. Maybe you and/or hubby could do something like that at work?? Then you'd only have to pick them, you wouldn't have to wash, snap, and store them! emoticon

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Usually it's just my siblings and a few close friends I invite. I tell them they can come when we're home, or even when we're not. They'll say, "Heck, yes! I'll be over to get some!" But then they never come over. Now... If I have them picked and snapped and say, "Hey, you want some beans?" They are right there before I hang up the phone! It's craziness. My husband and I both work full time. We want to share. We just don't have the time to pick and prepare stuff for everybody.

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Not growing beans this year but my husband did when he was alive. Put up poles and tied string across and it worked good. As far as people picking I would let them if I am there but we would pick, clean and bag and tell people the things where ready to pick up and they wouldn't even come over.
Some lived right next door and where call ahead to see if they wanted it. Guess have to deliver too and I do now. But now I am only planting enough for me and family.Still share all my things just the way I am.

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bunnies have no problem helping themselves to my beans.

However depends on how well I knew the people, I would feel awkward about poking around in someone elses garden. So maybe the people you invited are just intimidated, not lazy.

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It sounds like the non climbing beans have a reverse magnetizim if they are reaching away from the structure emoticon very strange!

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I have no idea why your beans wouldn't climb. We do bush beans, so I don't know much about the other type. We use a fence for our peas, and they always just go right up it.

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oh, hey, since you're obviously a master green bean gardener, any ideas why my beans this year just refused to climb their poles? In the past, I've grown them next to fence and they've orchestrated their own foundations. This year I put them in a new spot in the garden and built an A-frame of bamboo for them to climb. They didn't attach to it on their own so I tied them to it with those velcro things the head lettuce is held with at the store. But they all lean away from the bamboo as if they are trying desperately to escape. If they all leaned the same way, I'd say they're chasing the sunlight or something, but they go in all sorts of directions, mostly back down toward the ground. I'm mystified - have you seen that before?

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I know that some of my friends wouldn't know what to look for to determine if a bean was ready to pick (or might not be able to recognize the bean plant in the garden) - most Americans are SO disconnected from where our food comes from. And the students at my school have been horrified to learn that their food touched dirt! (thank goodness they didn't notice the bird droppings on some of the plants) Some people probably have worries like Cinderelic's. Some people probably have physical limitations. And some people just don't want to work that hard.
I like the craigslist idea and wonder if there are any local gardening groups or stores where you could publicize your bounty. I know if someone posted such an offer at my old community garden, they'd have been quickly cleaned out.

Good of you to share!

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7/30/11 2:31 A

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I understand the hesitation to pick produce in someone else's yard. I would be partly concerned that I'm taking too much, pick it the wrong way etc.
If someone gives a concrete time to come over and pick while they are there I'm much more comfortable with that.
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Crelic...get over it, your friend probably told the neighbors that someone would be picking produce. It would have helped keep her crop going if they were picked!

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Cinder...LUVED your chocolate bar quote...I swiped it...thanks! lol

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7/29/11 6:46 P

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I got an offer last year similar to this, and I will explain why I didn't take the person up on it. The offer was to come over any time and pick the cucumbers. Well, that was a good offer, but I feel really strange going over to someone's house and garden when no one is there and picking out of their garden. Now if she had given me hours like from 7 pm to 9 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday we will be home and any one is welcome to come over and pick the cucumbers during those hours, I would have been over as quickly as I could drive the 2 miles to their house. I just don't like to be on someone's property when they are not at home and don't want to drive that far on a gamble.

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One of the answers to this is to grow a bean that is good as a green bean, fresh shelled, or dried. I have a new heirloom from a friend and I'll be letting some of my beans dry on the vine and will be shelling them for next years crop. If I get enough I may try cooking them up as dried beans. I believe the one I've seen in catalogs is called 'painted lady'....mine are called 'bookaloo beans' but I haven't seen them in any catalog.

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If you are anywhere near me (DuBois, PA), let me know and we'll be there picking. We love garden fresh beans - wer're always looking for fresh produce - I don't have a garden, but am trying to get ideas for next year and have a few friends who will be helping me out.

Fresh is soooooooo good!!

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That's really fab...I'd be there in a heartbeat to pick some beans...maybe u can post on Craig's List...Beans for the Picking! I'm sure someone will respond...good luck!

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do you know other gardeners, offer them to them or others who would be willing to do the work. Do you have any ethnic markets in your area go to them and tell them what you have they are more likely be willing to work, they might know somebody

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People find it easier (even though it costs them) to buy rather than to physically exert themselves to bend over and pick them. Some people just don't like to leave the cement and asphalt to brave the elements. At age 63 I find myself leaning that direction more all the time, I have to fight the urge to laze around rather than get off my duff and do something.

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They are probably just lazy, but some of them may have no idea how to pick beans.
If you are going to go to the trouble of picing them after you have canned all you want, you might consider donating them to Harvesters, or what ever group in your area tat collects food for those in need. They always love fresh produce

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My Mom is that way about meat. She doesn't want to see it any other way than in nicely wrapped plastic around a styrofoam container.
She thought I was nuts when I took my son to a dairy that also raises pigs for consumption. Heck, she throws a fit when I talk about getting laying hens in my back yard!


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I don't know if it's laziness or if they are just so disconnected from their food that they get weird about getting it directly from a garden. I have a friend that has an urban farm but her husband won't even go out and pick the lettuce for his salad. Something about it freaks him out. My husband's coworker is the exact same way. It's like if it doesn't come the way they see it at the grocery store they don't want to touch it.

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People are just lazy. I would be over in a heartbeat and do all the picking myself and be offering money for it!

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We have decided to only can 3 more batches of beans. We will still have about a bazillion beans left, but really, we didn't expect them to do so well, and we are overrun with green beans. This happens often, and we always give away what we don't want. However... When we make the offer to people -- Come and pick what you want, we're going to till them under soon -- nobody wants to come and pick!! If we pick and snap them, they're all like, "Oh yeah, Thanks for the beans!! I'll take all you don't want!" We never can get anybody to pick their own!! So we end up tilling them under. It's hard work to pick beans in the hot sun. I don't feel compelled to pick and snap beans for anybody except us.

Is it just our lazy friends and neighbors who act this way? Or does this happen everywhere?

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