Call Them Chickpeas or Garbanzos, Hummus Starts on The Farm

Twitter's @IdahoGayle -- her family grows wheat, garbanzos & lentilsI love Mediterranean and Indian foods and have eaten lord knows how many chickpeas or garbanzo beans in my adulthood! So when I came across a farmer on Twitter — Gayle Anderson, also known as @IdahoGayle — who grows the precious bean, I had lots of tweets of thanks. Whether it was hummus, falafels, or an Indian dish I can remember the name of, I tend to eat them up.

Now and then, when I get garbanzos for my salad or happen to eat something else featuring the bean, I send a #thankafarmer tweet to Gayle. Its something so uncommon to think of — who grew the chickpeas we’re eating — but now I have a name and a face to go with my meals. That helps me remember to be thankful for the hands that were involved before the food got to me.

I’ve read some of her blog posts and watched some of the videos she’s posted. To see how her family grows the food that ultimately reach me through a supermarket to come to my house is pretty cool!

Right now, her family is in the prep stages for the 2012 crop. But you can see what planting looks like in the post from last year…. love how she does sort of a Garbanzo Seeding Season 101 showing how seed is delivered, put into the planter and planted by the cute farmer. She also got back in the field to get photos and videos showing garbanzos being harvested…. Her family’s crop had been ready for harvest earlier than a neighbor so with their crop in the bin and rain on the way, Joe & the team helped their neighbors get the crop in!

She’s been sharing their family farm story through blogging and Twitter for a few years. I think this video of her and her husband Joe talking about a “Dinner on the Farm” event they host each year to provide people a chance to see the way they do things up close is a great summary.

Garbanzos Straight From Gayle

from-the-farm-big-textOver time, as we visited, I was able to get some garbanzos straight from Gayle’s farm! She sent me a big ol baggie filled straight from one of their on-farm bins! So I’ve got a chance to see how the garbanzo beans she sent, match up to my old standby — the cans of Sultan Chickpeas I’ve bought for a while.

Before I could make any recipes though, I needed to clean the chickpeas up a bit. See, Gayle’s family plants the beans in the spring and harvests them in the fall but the steps after that were left up to me.  So, I’ve sifted through the baggie she sent me much the way the food companies clean up beans in bulk. A lot of shaking and gravity! I also pulled out a few pieces that seemed to be off color or shape.

ziploc full of garbanzo beans

ziploc full of garbanzo beans

closeup of garbanzos in a ziploc pre-cleaning

closeup of garbanzos in a ziploc pre-cleaning

sifting the chickpeas to clean them up

sifting the chickpeas to clean them up

a lot of stuff got cleared out

a lot of stuff got cleared out

closeup of some of the extraneous stuff in the garbanzos

parts of pods, leaves, immature garbanzos & other plant parts I cleared out

dry garbanzo beans

dry garbanzo beans

Now I’m going to get to soaking & boiling some of these so I can make myself some yummy hummus! I’ll post on that soon (if you guys are interested). I also hope to meet Gayle in person this week so maybe I will have a blog post come out of that!

About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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16 Responses to Call Them Chickpeas or Garbanzos, Hummus Starts on The Farm

  1. Valentina's Marketing Blog February 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    I would be interested in your hummus recipe. I love love love hummus! (very healthy too)

    • Janice aka JPlovesCOTTON February 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      Thanks for the motivation to get another post or two together! And thanks for reblogging it as well!

  2. Valentina's Marketing Blog February 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Reblogged this on Valentina's Marketing Blog.

  3. Megan Brown February 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Beef Jar.

  4. Susi February 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    I love chickpeas and hummus…yum. We have made it with canned beans, let me know how you did with the fresh? I gave you the Kreativ Blogger award…stop by later to see. 🙂

    • Janice aka JPlovesCOTTON February 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

      Thanks on all accounts! Will be getting together a post on working with dried chickpeas vs canned.

  5. Robyn February 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Neat post, JP. What a great way to say Thank You! I love the fact you send a #thankafarmer tweet to Gayle when you have garbanzo beans.

    I have never had hummus, but enjoy beans. Looking forward to your recipe.

    • Janice aka JPlovesCOTTON February 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      Oh, hummus is a great food to have around as a snack! People who love it, really love it.

  6. ullabear February 29, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    I love chickpeas! THanks for sharing.

    • Janice aka JPlovesCOTTON March 1, 2012 at 10:07 am #

      You’re welcome… I love seeing where things start! To me its amazing to think about the fact my chickpeas came from Gayle’s farm in Idaho!

  7. Gayle Anderson March 6, 2012 at 4:04 am #

    Thank you Janice for the great blog about our farm & garbanzos. It was great to meet you in Nashville at the Commodity Classic farm conference. I invite anyone who is interested in our farm operations to check out my blog and see how we grow garbanzo beans and wheat.

    • Janice Person March 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

      You are welcome! I had such a great time meeting you too!

  8. Ernesto Rochow January 10, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    i love both chickpeas and greenpeas, although chickpeas has that distinctive nutty taste that i like.^

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