Green Beans: The Joy of Canning


The sweetest and most wonderful thing just happened. Last Saturday I was at the Farmers Market with my mom. I had just finished buying a 3 pound bag of green beans. I absolutely love green beans and I will go to an all-you-can-eat buffet just for the green beans. I usually end up having a whole plate of just green bean, although I must confess I've had two plates before. So I had just finished buying my green beans, and was going to leave when I overheard a conversation with a little white haired lady talking to the farmer's boys about buying a bushel of green beans. She says she really wants to can but then says she can't afford the bushel. I asked her why she wanted the green beans, she said she loved to can and she just wanted something to do. I ask them how much a bushel of green beans cost? They say a bushel of green beans was about 30 pounds. Or $40. 

I turned to the little old lady and asked her if I bought the green beans would she can them for me? And she lit up like nobody's business just radiating joy from her toes out the top of her head. She turned to a man that was standing behind her who turned out to be her son and she said, "can I do that?" in an incredulous voice.

He said, "Do you want to?"

She said, "Yes I really want to!! "

So I asked her, how do you want to work this out? she said, well, you buy the green beans, I'll can them and then we'll split them. She said a bushel of green beans would be about 24 quarts. 

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