By Dave Coulter
In the past couple weeks E and I have wondered - during dinnertime, usually - if Lima Beans are disappearing from tables and grocery shelves? Say it ain't so. Both Lima Beans and Succotash were staples on our summertime menus when we were kids. Lima Beans seemed to be readily available from local farm stands, too.
We have considered that this could be a generational thing. We are both around that AARP age, and tastes do change. (Who eats turnips anymore?) We both grew up enjoying Limas, and perhaps this is merely because moms in the 1960's recalled this vegetable from their childhoods?
This is hardly a scientific query, but according to E - and she would know- it is tougher than ever to find Lima Beans in the freezer section at the store. Never mind trying to find fresh ones - although I have seen them sometimes at the OP Farmers Market.
Well friends, the loss of the noble Lima Bean must be fought vigorously. Seek them out, demand them from your grocer. Grow them at home. I hereby declare that 2012 is the Year of the Lima! C'mon Oak Park....get behind the Lima Bean Express!
Oh. Right. Hmm....or maybe staying in front is a better idea this once....