All Through—Monday, September 15, 2014

Thankfully the pinto beans are at the Beanery (this is the name of the elevator that cleans and stores the pinto beans in our area—the Olathe Producers is another elevator which does the same thing).

At the elevator the pinto beans will be cleaned and sorted and culled…any broken (splits), discolored beans, and green pintos will be sifted into the proper pile to be sold.

Green pinto beans will be thrown away along with any chaff or weeds or weed seeds.  The discolored beans has a very small market for animal feed….cows love pinto beans.  The splits will go to a factory to be made into smashed canned pinto beans ready for your taco.

White The other pinto beans…the really nice ones will be sold at market value for whole pinto beans to be used however the buyer wishes.  The whole pinto bean market is what a farmer strives for…that is where the most money is to be made—right now the market is extremely volatile/unstable.  Terry will talk with the owner of the Beanery sometime today to see if they can sell the beans for us and for what price.

Zinnia-4Then Terry will decide if we hold them for a spell or sell.  Mostly he likes to sell because a truly fresh pinto bean is liked by most people.  If you have ever eaten a truly fresh pinto bean you will be stunned at the difference in the cook time, the flavor and the size of the bean.

There isn’t pay check until the beans are sold!

Oh, for the record….I’ve been asked several times if we take subsidies for farming.

NO!  NEVER!   Neither did my parents or grandparents and neither has Terry’s Dad or grandfather.  If we can’t pay our own way we don’t do it.  That is why we both worked in town…and why we have old equipment…if you can’t afford it you don’t need it…has always been the mantra on our farm.

ENOUGH of that ….since Terry got Linkin a new compound bow, we thought it would fun to take Tally shopping.  She wanted a “REAL COWGIRL HAT”.  Not a fake one made of plastic.

CowgirlOff we went to the Davis Clothing Company where she picked out a black hat…no pink one for her, Thank you Very much!  It was really nice to shop at the Davis Clothing Company, Rena, Mr. Davis’ daughter, let Tally try on several different colors—then she steamed the hat so it was the perfect COWGIRL shape, and took her to the special three-way-mirrors so Tally could see which one was just right for her.  The experience was very nice.


Later, at home, Tallin wanted to practice with Terry’s longbow and her ONE arrow, of course wearing the COWGIRL hat!  What a hoot!

Well, the two big harvests are out of the way (the hay and the pinto beans), and the irrigation is about done— now we wait until the end of October or later for the harvest of the field corn.  A little break in the farming before the next big round of hard work.

OneAll is good and right with the world!

Your friend on a farm




22 thoughts on “All Through—Monday, September 15, 2014

  1. I love your mantra: if you can’t afford it, you don’t need it. I have always lived by that and passed it on to my children. We see so many who get lost in a mountain of easy credit card debt over “stuff” they don’t need. A black cowboy hat can be a priceless experience.

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  2. Glad you all have finished with the Pintos –and I hope you can make a good profit on the sale of them… I am one of the lucky ones (due to a good friend) to have eaten some fresh Pinto Beans… Amazing how much better they are!!!!!

    That little granddaughter looks so happy with her new cowboy hat…. I don’t blame her. I wouldn’t want a pink one either….


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  3. I can’t always manage to leave a reply Linda – so if there isn’t one it probably means it just wont register – so hope this one does.
    Subsidies? Small farms like ours would go out of business without subsidy help – especially those with all moorland land which only supports about eight sheep to an acre. We all get a subsidy every December and many farmers are desperate for it by then.

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  4. Linda – I just can’t get a reply on to your post however hard I try. Don’t think I am not reading you – but your blog will just not accept my replies.


  5. Linda – I have been trying for days to leave comments on your blog and it just will not accept them.   This is just to say I will keep trying and I am reading you daily. Love




  6. That’s interesting about the beans. It must be hard work sorting the beans! Do they have a sifter of some sort that they use? Sheesh!
    The ranch mantra also! We have old equipment too! Love the old stuff. We all get along great! Easy to work on yourself.
    We don’t get paid until the calves are sold. Twice a year!
    Love the cowgirl hat! Perfect! Real cowgirl hats are never pink. 🙂 is there a pony in her future? 😉


  7. Awww. A rest after such hard work. Thanks for the pinto info – very informative, and we hope you get top dollar! (I know you grow the best-full of love and care)
    Tally looks so cute in her hat! And your flowers are beautiful. Still can’t believe it’s Sept….


  8. That child has excellent taste in hats! Perhaps she will be a cowgirl archer! Next up is a pony! It could live at your house. You know you want one!!
    Glad the beans are in. I was worried. We agree on the subsidiesed stuff. There was a little discussion about that here this morning. Something on cows. I’ll pass.
    Love your flowers! There wasn’t time or energy for them here this year. There is always next year.


  9. Enjoy your short rest between harvests…. You explain farming so well … I learn something each time I visit. Thanks for that.

    Tallin is adorable in that perfect hat! WEll, she is adorable no matter what, but the hat is perfect absolutely.


  10. You can google “farm subsidy”, put in your zip code, and find out who in your area is on the farm dole. I did this once and discovered that the only “farmers” in my area who get subsidies live in the gated luxury golf course development up the road. They don’t farm, they own farm land in other counties and get paid for NOT farming it. So, they don’t grow rice, they don’t grow wheat, and they don’t grow corn. What they actually DO is play golf and probably sit around in the clubhouse all day complaining about poor people on welfare. Meanwhile, the local farmers are all out every day growing real food for real people and often barely making enough money to pay their taxes. All the tractors around here are old, too. Some could qualify as antiques. The most important person on a farm is the one who can keep the equipment running. We have such a strange situation in this country right now.


  11. Every year when you talk about how great ‘fresh’ pinto beans are I get jealous. Wish there was a way for me to get my hands on some down here in San Antonio just to see what I am missing. 😦


  12. I admire you guys so much! Maybe it’s because I understand the way farmers have to work. No government help here either! We started out with older equipment too, which the farmer was able to keep running, without going into debt. However it must be really difficult to be payed only once a year; with chickens we’re paid for each flock we raise, usually five to six flocks a year.

    By the way, we eat a LOT of pinto beans! So, thank you for your hard work!


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