[Market-farming] Harvesting Dry Black-Eyed Peas

Sharon and Steve shopkins at tdstelme.net
Mon Aug 20 20:48:00 EDT 2007

Having worked out of Apache Junction I can testify that there is a world of 
difference in drying things there and here!


At this place we would pull the vines and get them to a sheltered place 
before they got so dry that they theshed themselves on the way, yet dry 
enough not to rot/mold.
Threshing was done on a cleaned bit of barn floor, placing a thick layer of 
crop on the floor and using a flail to repeatedly thump the dickens out of 
the vines to get the beans/peas out of the pods, next comes sifting out the 
trash with forks and screens, and finally winnowing the small stuff out with 
a winnowing machine or outside in a strong wind. (a fan will do the same ).
Old New England farmers would bring a bushel of beans to the table after 
supper and all hands available would "pick over" the beans getting out the 
last of the rocks and chaff, making them ready for the cooking pot or for 
sale. I have no doubt that the same procedure was used for peas but I was 
not there for that.

I think I would look at the store price of black eyed peas and harrow those 
guys in, making a soil builder crop; if dry the seeds should sprout and make 
good nitrogen real quick.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kelly Saxer" <kellysaxer at hotmail.com>
To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2007 7:51 PM
Subject: [Market-farming] Harvesting Dry Black-Eyed Peas

> Does anyone have any advice for hand-harvesting a small field (about 1/2
> acre) of dried black-eye peas.  I usually grow black-eyed peas to harvest 
> as
> "green" beans, but I have a 1/2 acre section that got ahead of me and has
> already dried on the plant.  Any tips for hand-harvesting dry 
> beans?....I'm
> new to this.
> Thanks in advance,
> Kelly
> Desert Roots Farm
> Queen Creek, Arizona
>>From: "cjmaness at juno.com" <cjmaness at juno.com>
>>Reply-To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
>>To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
>>Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Sales
>>Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 23:41:04 GMT
>>We are in a college town as well. We have the support of the faculty,
>>but... they really aren't big spenders. They will buy a box of tomatoes, 
>>squash, and that's it. We don't get many students either. A few, but not
>>many. We have tried advertising in the college paper, with limited 
>>We received a grant this year from the dept. of Ag. and our board decided
>>to spend the money on advertising. We have advertised on our local radio
>>stations all summer. The down side is: This was the year of the flood. So
>>many of our growers, ourselves included have a very limited amount of
>>produce, particularly now. Business is great for the bread makers, and
>>certified kitchen people though. I don't think any of them are 
>>the "August slump" and, I think if we had more produce we could certainly
>>be selling a lot more than we are now. I know I'm seeing lots of new 
>>What worries me is that they are coming for tomatoes, or cucumbers which
>>are both in short supply and will be frustrated by the lack of and won't
>>come back. We have tried to explain that this year has been unusual, and 
>>please bear with us. Who knows how it will all turn out though.
>>Carla in Oklahoma
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