I love green beans. When I was a child my favorite time of the year is when I got to help my grandpa in the garden. I don’t have favorite’s now, but back then he was my favorite grandparent. He would do all kinds of things with me. He’d ride bikes with me, let me drive his truck, teach me how to do things, and so much more. Summer was what I always looked forward to. When I was really little, I’d play nearby and watch the family garden. As I got older, about 5 and older, he’d let me help. I got to help plant our vegetables. By the time I turned 8, they used me as a laborer in he tobacco fields. I didn’t mind, I liked to plant the tobacco. I got to ride the setter, drive the tractor, and my favorite is that I got to walk beside him and together we’d replant where the people riding the setter missed. I remember one year we literally JUST finished the whole field and it hailed. It destroyed it all. We had to go buy plants, because ours had been all used… and we replanted the whole field. It was horrible. We were all grouchy. Once they got a certain height I wasn’t allowed to help, because the fields could be dangerous with snakes and stuff. However, I helped harvest, hang, and bail when it was time. During that time we also harvested veggies too. My grandma would sit us all under a big ol’ tree in her yard with water basin’s full of green beans and we learned really young how to string beans. Then we’d get a big ol’ watermelon and we’d all get a piece or two. After that we’d all go in and can the beans. It took ALL day. Morning to night and sometimes another day. They lasted us all winter and into next harvest. I cherish these memories. We might have not had a ton, but I was sure loved and taught the meaning of working and surviving. Every kid should do this!
2 pounds fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed
1 large onion, chopped
3 ham hocks
1 1/2 pounds new potatoes, quartered
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
ground black pepper to taste
String the beans and put into a crockpot cover them with water. Add everything except your potatoes. Cook on high for 2 hours. Then add potatoes and cook for up to another hour. Just until tender. Remove ham hocks, shred and add back.