A few weeks ago, I learned this would be my last Heart & Sole Food blog post for the Observer. As I pondered what to write, I revisited my first post, Breaking Ground for inspiration.
|Spider eating bee in farm's old homeplace daffodil|
As I end this writing chapter, I thank each of you who contacted me via emails, texts, telephone calls and mailed notes and I appreciate the encouragement, advice and inspiration you shared. I leave you with a mystery story . . .
Recently, my cousin, Pat Rhea, called and asked if I would like to have some heirloom seeds her mother saved more than ten years ago. Pat delivered bean seeds and we identified White Mountain Half Runners, a productive family staple brought from Germany with our great-great-great grandmother, Polly Schmidt Bean. As far as the second variety, Pat guessed they could be Greasy beans, so called because they have a slick pod surface. Regardless of species, Pat's heirloom seeds are welcome additions and will connect past with present and, hopefully, the future.
|Heirloom Seed Saver Polly Schmidt Bean|