Pinto Beans have made it to the bean cleaner. We anticipate having them by Wednesday, October 1st. Please keep checking. Thank you for your patience!
2014 New Crop Bolita Beans are now available at the Schwebach Farm Market!
Today at Schwebach Farm, the day began at dawn, as usual, harvesting sweet corn and vegetables for the Schwebach Farm Market and other locations. Farmer Dean cut more Pinto Beans while the beans still had dew on them in the early morning.
He had cut some Bolitas recently and decided those were dry enough to thresh. He along with younger son, Dominic worked to thresh those beans. The Bolitas should go to the cleaners tomorrow!
Oldest son Nathan baled the oat hay cut a few day ago. He immediately followed Farmer Dean into the Bolita Bean field with the baler. He baled over 500 bales of oat hay and bean hulls.
Oldest daughter Ellysia prepared supper, while Mama took younger daughter to music lessons.
The sweet corn harvesting team bagged onions, lifted with the onion lifter by Farmer Dean two days ago.
The garden harvesting team cut winter squash for curing and for sale in the Farm Market.
The day ended at sunset. What a beautiful evening it was! We will all rest well tonight!
A beautiful foggy morning...
Our family working together...
We are grateful...
Once the fields dry out, after the moisture received this week, we hope to begin harvesting Bolitas, followed by Pintos. It has been an unusual year in regards to moisture and the way our crops are finishing out. We thank you for your patience! Please keep checking back for updates!
The 2014 Pinto Bean crop is temporarily SOLD OUT until the remaining acreage can be harvested. Please check back often here on the Blog, on the Bean page or on our Facebook page to see when they will be available. Thank you!
2014 New Crop Pinto Beans are selling fast! So fast that we may be temporarily out until we are able to harvest the remaining acreage. Please be sure to call 832-6171, check back here or on facebook.com/schwebachfarm for daily updates.
The beans are beautiful and tasty. I had to cook up a pot immediately after they were cleaned and Farmer Dean trucked them from the bean cleaner back to the farm.
What does "New Crop" mean, you may ask. That means the current year harvest of beans or any other crop. As you can see in photos below they are a beautiful creamy color speckled with brown. Coloring is one of the ways you can tell a new bean from and older one. The flavor and cooking time will be very different. As the beans age, they darken and the creamy color will turn a dark pink. Most of the beans in grocery stores that have that darker coloring may be more than 5 years old. If you have never tried "New Crop" beans, try some today!
2014 New Crop Pinto Beans have been cleaned and are available at the Farm Market. They will be sold at the Farm Market only and will not go out to other locations.
Threshing (thrashing) beans...
What does that mean? This is the process of separating the bean from the hull. As storms surrounded the farm, Farmer Dean decided to get the cut pinto beans out of the field. After many hours of dusty work on the combine, he finished. Oldest son Nathan, followed with the baler to bale the bean hulls. My hard working men came in dusty and tired, but satisfied that the work was done! The beans go to the cleaner on Monday. Please continue to check here or on Facebook for updates.
Pinto Beans have been cut. This is only the first step in the bean harvest. Depending on the weather and how well the pintos finish drying in the field, they still need to be cut. The forecast for our area is for a good amount of moisture over the next few days, which will delay the pinto bean harvest. Please continue to check here at our site and on our Facebook page for updates. Thank you!
The Bolita beans are still green. In order to begin cutting beans, the plants must die and the beans in the pods must be dry. So, the Bolitas are still 3 weeks from harvest. Again, keep checking back!