[Market-farming] Edamame

JOHN A HENDRICKSON jhendric at wisc.edu
Fri Aug 22 10:06:30 EDT 2008


No, the ol' board with a notch in it would ruin peas and beans.  Edamame pods are kinda tough.

As my post said, I use the "stationary pod stripper" OUT of the sun, not in the sun!

-John

----- Original Message -----
From: breck <bcarden at breckinridgegroup.com>
Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 9:36 pm
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Edamame
To: 'Market Farming' <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>


> I like simple, have you tried it with snaps or peas. I'm guessing there
> might be bruising.
> Just curious, but why are you stripping them in the sun?
> Breck
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of JOHN A
> HENDRICKSON
> Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 5:32 PM
> To: Market Farming
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Edamame
> 
> For those new to edamame, the word actually means "branch bean" and 
> has been
> traditionally sold on the plant in Japan.  However, convenience oriented
> shoppers in Japan (like in the US) seem to prefer them to be sold 
> picked and
> packaged (or often frozen).
> 
> Several years ago I looked into mechanical harvest aids for them and
> discovered a design for a "stationary pod stripper" in the proceedings 
> of an
> international vegetable conference held in Washington state some years 
> ago.
> Even though I imagined the plans would be beyond my engineering and
> construction skills, I tracked down the proceedings to see about building
> one.  In my head I was imagining something with gears and belts and such.
> Imagine my mirth when I saw that all the plans called for a slab of wood
> with a tapered V-shaped notch cut in the middle.  All you do is secure 
> the
> wood to something stable and draw the plants through the notch and
> everything gets stripped off (branches, leaves, and beans).  By positioning
> a reasonably powerful fan in the "drop area" you can blow most of the 
> leaves
> away leaving just the beans in a collection basket.  This does not resolve
> the issue of some beans being fully plump and others immature, but it
> certainly was speedy and I could do 
> it out of the sun.
> 
> -John
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Marie Kamphefner <kampy at grm.net>
> Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 10:02 am
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Edamame
> To: 'Market Farming' <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> 
> 
> > Regards to the list:
> > 
> > We grow edamame (except this year it drowned) but we had trouble 
> > selling the
> > whole plants like that in past years. So, we started pulling the plants,
> > picking off the pods and putting them in clear clamshells. They sold 
> like
> > hotcakes! We noticed that lots of the pods weren't quite ready, so we
> > started picking the filled ones in the field and letting the smaller 
> ones
> > mature and picked them again later for more yields. I believe we got 
> 
> > $4.00 a
> > pint for certified organic. It was a lot easier to pull the plants 
> and 
> > sit
> > under a shade tree to pick the pods!
> > 
> > Marie in Missouri
> > 
> > 
> > Is anyone growing Edamame? We are trying some for the 1st time this 
> year,
> > and it is ready for harvest. We are thinking about cutting the whole
> plant,
> > doing a quick rinse to remove dirt/mud and selling it as is. Is 
> anyone 
> > doing
> > this? Pricing? I think I can get two dollars a stem at our market.
> > Thanks,
> > Carla Maness
> > 
> > 
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