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An ode to the humble green bean

Photo by Alexander Wilburn

In “Walden,” Henry David Thoreau recounted his experience growing what he estimated to be a 7 mile length of bean plants. It was certainly a Herculean task, especially considering that he had few tools other than his hoe. And all the more so since, sadly, he took little or no pleasure in eating the beans — only in planting, cultivating and selling them.

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