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On their own, in a chili, these are memorable beans. When you're making hearty, stick-to-your-ribs chili, red kidney beans are the beans for the job! They're creamy but not mushy, and they stand up well to thick, full-flavored sauces.
While nearly every region of the country grows dry edible beans, most large-scale production happens in dry climates because wetter environments make them more prone to pests and fungal disease. The majority of beans that you find in grocery stores are shipped from across the country and grown with pesticides. Traditionally, beans were allowed to dry completely in the field, but conventional bean producers use an herbicide called sodium chlorate to wither the leaves and lower the moisture in the beans before they harvest them.
Because there are no industrial bean growers in the Northeast US, we rely on purveyors like Wild Hive to source from small farms and bring local, sustainably grown beans to market. Most bean growers are also grain growers. This is because beans take up nitrogen and turn it into a form that is readily available for plants. They are often planted in rotation with wheat, corn, and other crops. By purchasing both grains and beans from small farmers, Wild Hive Farm is creating a fruitful relationship on all sides, while giving farmers incentive to grow responsibly.
Local Roots meat is handled with care and you can taste it. There are no preservatives, nitrates or funky chemicals. It's super fresh.
Jenn de la Vega.
Chef & Cookbook author