Rancho Gordo Beans

Posted on Mar 29, 2009 in Food


I’m not quite sure how it started with the beans.   I didn’t care about beets until I read Jitterbug Perfume.  So, it’s not like there’s an equivalent for beans.  That aside, awhile back I placed my first order for Rancho Gordo beans.  It spiraled from there.  The beans were fantastic.  Plus, much like the ritual of making tea, the ritual of making beans is very pleasing.  I was hoping that my family would love them too.  Success with the adults… not so much with the short crowd (to be fair, my toddler doesn’t eat all that much variety right now).  

Come to think of it, it might have started with a bean pot needing beans.  I have a couple bean pots.  I use one primarily.  I have a great vintage Monmouth.    I might have found that first.  Beanpots are almost as comforting as teapots.   The one I use I found at a thriftstore.  I will admit to acting dumb and calling it a cookie jar to get a little bit better deal (Ok, it was sitting with a bunch of cookie jars and priced twice what the cookie jars were priced, sometimes the pricers just get carried away and I feel the need to balance it out.  I’m happy to pay, but the market rate).  I think it’s possible that my epic eBay searches for beanpots might have cemented my connection to online treasure hunting.

So, now I had beans, a beanpot, and had to get busy on the beautiful beans.  Of course then I had to try different varieties, more orders ensued.  Friends were also pleased with the influx of beans, so I got on eBay and found a great Monmouth new old stock pot for one of my cook friends, distributed Rancho Gordo to those who would cook them and appreciate them.  Currently I have a long shelf full of Mason jars which are stocked with many varieties of Rancho Gordo legumes.  It’s so happy to look at that shelf.

I usually end up checking for other goodies when I order.  I have a couple of great Rancho Gordo market totes.  A wooden spoon from Mexico via RG, the last time they threw in a great calendar.   The other side note to this is that I grew up on Mexican food.  So, much of what happens with the beans is comfort food.  Which sort of led to reading Steve Sando’s blog, which led to reading more about the Slow Food movement and New World food.  Which led to a renewed interest in CSA.  Which tied in to the shift to mostly organic that started when the child was born.   It pleased me greatly that Steve commented on my bean pics on Flickr and that we’ve exchanged a note or two on Facebook about the time I found the Rancho Gordo page there.

AND don’t forget, these are heirloom beans.  You can plant them.   That might be reason enough to order up a batch of those scarlet runners that are so beautiful.  But I want to grow Yellow Eyes.   Spring is right around the corner.

(photos from Rancho Gordo website)