Heirloom Beans at Newmarket Farmers' Market Saturday 2/20

Heirloom beans will be showing their intense colors at the Newmarket Farmers' Market this Saturday, February 20th at the Stone Church from 9 to 1 p.m.  These beans are grown at Patti Qua's organic farm in Exeter, Maine.  The names of these heirloom beans are as varied as their colors and these varieties will be present at the market: 

Jacob's Cattle, Calypso, Solider, Yellow Eye, Vermont Cranberry, Swedish Brown, and Bumble Bee.
Connie Ronda of Cool Bean Jewelry will be bringing jewelry she has made from some of these colorful beans. She will also be selling beans on behalf of Patti.  Her jewelry includes those made from some of her own  beans.  Cool Beans was featured in Edible White Mountains Magazine this season. 

Connie will provide specific farm, historical, nutritional and cooking information and recipes to the market and a copy of the February 1997 issue of Yankee Magazine where Patti's organic bean farm is featured.  For more information, email Connie here. 

Check out the scrumptious looking Succotash recipe using heirloom beans at Becky and the Beanstock. View delectable recipes making use of beans at Food and Wine Magazine and 101 cookbooks.
Beans are the number one food on the United States Department of Agriculture’s list of 20 high-antioxidant sources of common foods - see the chart here at CookEatShare. Beans/legumes are at the top of the list for foods rich in antioxidants.  They are protein, fiber and good carbohydrate rich.

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