[Market-farming] Edamame

Mac gofish54 at centurytel.net
Fri Aug 22 22:06:53 EDT 2008


I'm new to these beans this year.  How do you know when they are ready 
to pick?
We have been trying a few pods every few days.  Is there a visual clue that is
dependable?

Regards - mac

Quoting JOHN A HENDRICKSON <jhendric at wisc.edu>:

> 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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Mac



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