Bush beans have become one our staple crops at the farm, although sometimes we also include beans from other local farms because they are a staple crop for all of South Florida too. They only grow during the "dry season" which is November through April mainly because they are very sensitive to humidity and moisture, being very prone to mildew and bacterial diseases. Besides the fact that we love them as a vegetable for their flavor, crunch and versatility, we like to grow them because bean plants actually add nutrients to the soil and after each crop is spent (meaning, we've harvested all the beans there are to harvest) we can till the plants into the soil to improve fertility for the next crop.
All of that information might be interesting to you, but your probably here to get inspiration about what to do with beans in your kitchen! For a super fresh and quick meal (5 min. prep and 8 min. cook time) check out this pomelo and green beans recipe from 101cookbooks.com. For a chilly night try one of my all time favorite recipes which I learned from Anastasia the owner of Mandolin Aegean Bistro in the Design District. She hosted a little cooking show at my farm a few years ago and prepared fasolakia with our beans. It blew my mind that day and I promise I've made it a million times ever since. It's a traditional Greek recipe which involved stewing tomatoes, lots of olive oil, onions and Mediterranean garden herbs. Check out the video of Anastasia cooking at the farm too!