Green Beans On The Farm

Green Beans Farm Wooden Bucket Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Green Beans” today, my mind leapt immediately to thoughts of my grandparent’s farm. These were one of my favorite foods as a kid, but only the version that my grandmother made. After she picked a large bucket of them from her garden, I would sometimes help her prep them by snapping the ends off. It was a really fun and relaxing way to spend some time together. Something about that sound is so wonderful. The beans themselves were slow cooked in a large pot with what I can only describe as magic. The flavor was incredibly unique and I’ve never tasted anything like it since. That said, the entire experience really created that magic ingredient and nothing could ever really compare. She’s passed now, and I miss her every day, but the memories that come flooding back whenever I think about green beans are truly wonderful. It’s impossible to ever really lose someone you love. They always have a permanent and special place in your heart.

My memories of my grandmother and the farm are so vivid. Indeed, I can actually taste the food and hear the sounds of the goats bleating in the distance with their comical conversations that always made me smile. The red dirt paths of the back 40 acres that led me on so many adventures are as clear as if they were right outside my window. That old rusty bus in the field that was only used to store things and left every kid anxious to explore its mysteries. And my grandmother, with her clever wit and ceaseless energy that left everyone around her struggling to keep up. Indeed, as an adult, I once had to follow behind her while she was speeding down the gravel roads and nearly lost track of her. She was in her 80’s at the time, but that didn’t stop her from flooring the gas, sending gravel flying everywhere and disappearing around each corner in a cloud of dust. I remember thinking that’s exactly how I want to be when I’m her age, as if there was something stopping me from being that energetic and bold in that very moment.

As time continues to hurtle forward, I feel so much comfort in thinking back to those times on the farm. There was a slowness to life and an appreciation of nature, the land, and all of the simplest things one can possibly imagine. It all came with that elusive feeling of contentment that comes from realizing I really didn’t need anything more. And though the farm belongs to someone else now, and there’s no way to return there for a visit, I can still go back anytime I like. In my mind’s eye, we’re all together again. That fabulous collie named Lucky, the stray cats who decided to camp for a time, the pigs waiting to be slopped, the cows shielding their wisdom behind bored faces, the goats bouncing off the walls, and my grandmother, the gentle yet fiercely strong and competent ringmaster of it all. It was the world that helped shape who I’ve become and it’s still in my heart, guiding me into the future. I’ll never forget those times, as I pause to take a loving moment to think of my inimitable grandmother, and her green beans on the farm.

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34 Comments
  1. JA Wilson 7 months ago

    Love your stories, made me miss my Gramma and snapping beans with her..

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this and it brought back good memories. Yeah, I miss snapping those beans with Grandma!

  2. Zertab Quaderi 7 months ago

    Wonderful memories ❤️

  3. Mary Roff 7 months ago

    Wonderful memories, story and green beans. i have a lot of wonderful memories of spending time on my granparent’s farm and your stories always revive those thoughts of good times!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yay! I’m glad this brought back those good memories!

  4. Laura 7 months ago

    Lovely art and backstory. Thank you Charlie for reminding us how good life is.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yeah, life is still really good!

  5. Karen Fortier 7 months ago

    Wonderful green beans and special memories Charlie! Farm memories are special and vanishing. I have great memories of gathering eggs, playing in my grandmother’s magical yard with lots of cousins and a cookie jar always full with homemade goodness.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Those sound like beautiful memories indeed!

  6. Danai Mongkolrat 7 months ago

    Beautiful and wonderful painting,Charlie!

  7. Cheryl Anderson 7 months ago

    I wonder what she did. I suspect bacon, of course. Probably brown sugar. Maybe soy sauce, though that seems more modern… maybe vinegar, because that’s what’s in old-fashioned warm German potato salad. Possibly a special kind of bean, as apparently in Kentucky they like something called Greasy Beans which are not actually at all greasy. Where was this, and what was her ancestry?

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      This was in southern Missouri, and I think there was oil involved as well. hehe… they were so good! Her ancestry was England, but my mother was raised in Arkansas. 😉

  8. Lisa 7 months ago

    I’m hard pressed to choose between green beans or tomatoes as my favorite vegetable to grow. I just like my gb boiled until soft, then butter and salt and pepper. But I have made those long cook ones. Secret ingredient is bacon! And bacon makes everything better! Show this to Phillip and watch him faint from the unhealthyness of it. Lol.! https://spicysouthernkitchen.com/southern-style-green-beans/

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Hehe!! Yes!! Bacon indeed makes everything better… so good!! 😃💕

  9. Sandra Strait 7 months ago

    Wonderful memories of family, and a way of life that is fast disappearing from the American landscape!

  10. LoriCtoo 7 months ago

    Funny how a bushel of beans can create so many wonderful memories for you and many of us on here. With me it was my Grandma’s gingersnap cookies. Lucky for me, I had asked her for the recipe many years before she passed. No doubt your grandmother used lard or bacon grease in them, seemed to be the ingredient to all recipes. hahaha

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Hehe! Yep… I’m sure that was it and additional oil of some kind I think. It’s just whatever version… it never seemed to return! 😉

  11. Gary Middleton 7 months ago

    Great memories, Charlie. I like your doodle.

  12. True Living 7 months ago

    Good memories

  13. Sharon Nolfi 7 months ago

    Your times on the farm sound wonderful! Hold tight to your memories of your grandmother.

  14. shawnthompsonart 7 months ago

    Nice beans, I also like how you included the barrel.

  15. Fatima Chamkha 7 months ago

    Great memories of you granny! Great doodle Charlie!

  16. Jerson Antao 7 months ago

    Farm Fresh Charlie good to eat…keep going!😍

  17. ayersgardening 4 months ago

    A lot of my favorite early memories are from spending time in my grandparents garden. Thank you for reminding me!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      So happy you enjoyed this and it brought back good memories! 😃💕

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