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Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week: Dried Beans!

Dried Beans are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Summer Certified Farmers’ Market. We’ve got plenty of Dried Beans, and plenty of varieties as well. These Dried Beans just may be your grandmother’s beans - or her mother’s -  because they are all heirloom varieties saved from seeds over generations and generations. And Dried Beans are not only delicious – they’re beautiful. Not only that, you sure won’t find them at the local grocery store. Their names - Yin/Yang (also known as Black Calypso), Purple Koronis, Hutterite Soup, Jacob’s Gold and Good Mother Stallard – give you a pretty good idea that they’re a pretty diverse group of beans.

Dried Beans are also highly nutritious, and these are no exception to that rule. They are low in fat, high in fiber, and packed with protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.  In addition, Dried Beans contain several types of phytochemicals, they’re rich in lignans, which may play a role in preventing osteoporosis, heart disease, and certain cancers, and they contain  flavonoids, which can help reduce heart disease and the risk of cancer.

DID YOU KNOW:  Although Dried Beans vary greatly in size, texture and color, when they are cooked, they mostly have a similar flavor. Of course Dried Bean aficionados will beg to differ with that statement, but the average bean eater could not differentiate most cooked Dried Beans in a blind taste test. Add dried peas, lentils and other legumes and the story changes.

Price: $ 6 a pound.

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