Beans and Taters and Peas – Oh My!


So what do Pacific Northwest farmers do when it’s record heat wave time? Go jump into the wonderfully cold waters of the Puget Sound…Ah, I got so cold I had to go cover up with a blanket! Bliss!

So, the greens aren’t so fond of this hot weather, but there are some other veggies that are including…BEANS, BEANS, BEANS oh yeah, AND MORE BEANS!

So, anyways, we picked a lot of beans this week, and well, they are really just getting going. We picked over 60 lbs of beans on Wednesday, and then today – well, I didn’t hear the final numbers but it definitely was somewhere around 100 lbs! We will be offering FIVE different types of beans at the markets tomorrow so come on by and enjoy the bounty! And on that note, here is a great recipe for fresh, locally grown beans!

Marinated Rainbow Bean Salad


  • 1/4 lb Haricot Vert (french Filet), 1/4 lb Yellow Wax Bean, 1/4 Dragon Langerie bean, 1/4 Purple Bean.
  • 2 large Red Onion diced
  • 1 cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • Kosher Salt to taste
  • Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes to taste


Wash and trim beans. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, cover and chill several hours or preferably overnight.


This is one of those recipes that gets better the longer it marinates!

So, coming to the BAYVIEW ONLY market tomorrow (Coupeville market is closed due to the Arts & Crafts Festival, so all our great loyal Coupeville customers we hope to see you down either at the Bayview market, or you can find a selection of Willowood Farm goodies at the bayleaf Store in Coupeville!) –

From Willowood Farm

– Beans – We have Dragon Langerie (my personal favorite, it means Dragon’s Tongue, not Dragon’s Underwear as the interns suggested…), Royal Purple, Dwarf French Filet (aka Haricot Vert) and Yellow Wax

– Potatoes – 4 kinds this market (and oh so many more to come…). Mountain Rose, Romanze, Carola and Maris Piper

– Garlic – Also 4 kinds this market…Brown Tempest, Asian Tempest, Red Toch and Persian Star

– Peas! A fabulous late picking. Several kinds including heirloom Dwarf Grey Sugar (featured on Oystercatcher menu)…

– Onions, onions, onions – Red & white cippolinis, Ailsa Crag (a big sweet onion, like Walla Wallas), red Torpedos, Tropeana Tonda…

– Kale & Chard bunches

– Bulb Fennel

– Broccoli

– And more…

From Prairie Bottom Farm:


– Beets

– Carrot bunches

– Even more onions

– And more…

Also we will have lots of baby summer squash from our friends Linda and Valerie at Rosehip Farm and Garden…

Hope to see you at market and THANK YOU for reading this and supporting WHIDBEY ISLAND FARMERS!


Georgie Smith, Farmer

Willowood Farm of Ebey’s Prairie


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