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As we swelter through the August heat, we're dreaming of the cooler days ahead. Right now the pressure cooker is our best friend because it doesn't heat up the kitchen. It's working pretty much every day making us delicious beans to stir into braised greens, top salads and go with anything we throw on the grill! This month we've got one of the rock stars of the heirloom bean world for you, Good Mother Stallard as well as a rare heirloom hard red wheat berry that makes a delicious whole grain salad. 

Heirlooom Bean of the Month Club

THE FAMILY BOX CONTAINS:

Good Mother Stallard Beans, Mayacoba Beans, Organic Bayo Beans, Pinquito Beans and Rouge De Bourdeaux Whole Wheat Berries

REGULAR SIZE CONTAINS: 

Good Mother Stallard Beans, Mayacoba Beans and Rouge De Bourdeaux Whole Wheat Berries

BEAN ONLY CONTAINS:

Good Mother Stallard Beans, Mayacoba Beans, Organic Bayo Beans

*The gluten free substitution for the Rouge De Bourdeaux is Organic Sushi Rice

GOOD MOTHER STALLARD BEANS

With a bean broth that is to die for and a rich, meaty taste, Good Mother Stallard is a favorite among heirloom bean fans. These knock out burgundy and white beans are one of the few that retains their color through cooking. Named for Carrie Belle Stallard of Wise County, VA they date back to at least the 1930s. They seem to have been a family heirloom passed down through many generations and shared regionally before seeds were donated to the Seed Exchange in 1981. 

What to do with them:

They are famously used as a soup bean because of that delectable bean broth, if it cools down enough for you to enjoy a stew we suggest this Kale and Good Mother Stallard Stew.  For a weekend brunch we might use them in this Good Mother Stallard and Poached Egg dish with Salsa Verde. That creamy texture reminds us of butter beans so we're also using them for a more interesting version of this Butter Bean Salad with Miso Bagna Cuada from chef Jeremy Fox. 

MAYACOBA BEANS

These delightful yellow beans are beloved in Coastal Mexico for refried beans. We love their smooth, buttery texture and rich golden broth, making a brothy bowl of these beans a meal in and of itself. They have a mildly sweet flavor and are one of our top picks for recipes calling for white beans, where their creaminess can shine. We're so excited to have these beans grown by a 4th generation woman farmer! 

bean and cheese burrito

The BEST Bean Burrito EVER starts with fresh, delicious Mayacoba beans. Use our recipe to create vegan refried beans without lard. Warning: the results are delicious and will ruin you for all other refried beans. 

 

Primary Beans Founders

ABOUT THE MAKER

Primary Beans is a brand-new, sister-founded purveyor of single-origin dried beans from recent harvests on a mission to place the almighty bean at the forefront of meals that are good for people and the planet.

Linsey and Renee are fifth-generation Arizonans from a small town on the Mexican border. Like any border town kids, they grew up around the culture and flavors of Northern Mexico. Early on, they developed a deep appreciation for beans and were the kids asking for “no rice, only beans please” at the local restaurant.

Turning their passion into a mission, the sisters created Primary Beans to deepen our connection to the food we eat and the land it comes from. They ethically source fresh, delicious beans from their network of family farms to deliver them to your table.

 

ROUGE DE BOURDEAUX WHOLE WHEAT BERRIES

Rouge de Bordeaux is a 19th century grain once beloved by French bread bakers for its nutty flavor with hints of cinnamon. It is very unusual to find it as a whole wheat berry and it makes for a delightful addition to salads. The high protein that makes the wheat a favorite of bakers also makes it a healthy whole grain to substitute for rice or barley in all of your recipes. We are loving it as a If you’re a real over-achiever in the kitchen you can mill this grain at home for baking as the French do. We’re not that ambitious these days. We boil it, freeze it and toss in a salad with some fruit, nuts and greens. If I’ve got any left in the freezer on a chilly day I’ll add it to a soup. 

summer wheat berry breakfast bowl

Wheat Berry Summer Grain Bowl

This warm grain bowl makes a healthy and delicious breakfast. Delicious stone fruit at the peak pairs beautifully with nutty whole grains like einkorn or Rouge de Bordeaux. Top this with a vegan yogurt or some coconut cream to keep it vegan.

About The Farmer: Mendocino Grain Project

In the midst of the pandemic young farmer Rachel Britten took over the Mendocino Grain Project from the retiring founder. The Grain Project began in 2009 in an effort to provide their community with healthy grains and local food security. Rachel grows and mills grains like The Rouge de Bordeaux in Mendocino County, California and because they have the capacity to clean and process grain for other farmers the ultimate goal is to provide what is necessary so that other local farmers can join the effort to grow more staple crops in Mendocino County.

SANTA MARIA PINQUITOS

If California had a state bean, it would be the pinquito. These flavorful little pink beans come exclusively from California's Central Coast and are traditionally served with the barbecued tri-tip that made the Santa Maria region famous. They are considered the essential side dish ladled into large bowls full of bothy goodness.

Rancho Gordo Pinquito Heirloom Beans

There are many legends about how these diminutive legumes arrived here in the golden state. Some say Spanish cowboys brought them here, others say migrant farm workers brought them into the state. Another, somewhat official version, says that in the 50s a local farmer got his hands on some from Mexico and convinced one of the town restaurants that they'd be a good addition to the menu. 

The beans are meaty in texture and they hold their shape even after hours of cooking but it's the flavor that keeps everyone coming back. Generations later they are still being prepared by that same Santa Maria restaurant and still being grown by that same family farm. You'll find dozens of recipes for Santa Maria Pinquitos online but at Jacko's they prepare them very simply with a bit of bacon, onion, garlic, salt an a little chili, simmered low and slow for 5 to 6 hours on the stove. Get the original recipe from Jacko's as printed in the Los Angeles Times HERE. Down the road a stretch in Solvang, California The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort makes their own version of Piquitos. It's more like a West Coast answer to New England baked beans, with mustard powder and brown sugar. You'll find it here reprinted by Food & Wine Magazine.  They are equally good without the pork for a vegan version of the dish and we love this recipe for vegan quinoa and pinquito tacos from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.

ABOUT RANCHO GORDO

Rancho Gordo beans by Steve Sando are kinda a big deal.  It started as a hobby of growing heirloom beans and figuring out different ways to cook them and quickly led to farmer’s markets.  When the people started loving all the varieties he grew, as much as Steve did, he knew he was onto something good. Read More...


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