Earlier this week a neighbor asked if I would like to help pick their vegetables for a few days. I love vegetable gardening, and wish I could get better results in my own, so I jumped at the chance to get in on some fresh ripe tomatoes and green beans. I decided to take a few kiddos at a time with me, so they could also experience warm, sun-ripened tomatoes.
We loved the opportunity to explore the garden, to pick, and of course, to eat.
After several days of picking, we had an abundance of green beans - and a few purple beans from our own garden too. We added them to our lunch on Friday, along with the cherry tomatoes, salted sliced tomatoes, and other, store bought ingredients.
We had also found some over ripe green beans, ones that had escaped notice for a few days too long, and were no longer tender and crisp but rather well on their way to drying out. The pods were yellowing, and the beans inside them were larger and harder than the ones we like to eat.
Oh yeah, I have awesome neighbors!