WALKING BEANS – NOW JUST A MOMENT IN HISTORY

walking beansA belated Throwback Thursday to a time when walking beans was what every farm family did from 6 am til noon in the month of July.

Before genetically modified soybeans came on the market, farmers would plow in between the rows to keep the weeds down.  Then, when the soybeans got big enough that the plow couldn’t get through, families would walk the rows with a weed hook, pulling weeds from the field.

Your pant legs would be soaked through from the dew on the leaves.  Your back and neck would be sunburned from the direct sun.  You would ache after a week of this sort of work and you’d know that you had several more weeks in store.

But the laughs and the conversation made the trip *almost* worth it.

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