California Dry Bean Advisory website recently showcased local bean farmers
by Brooke Borba | Patterson Irrigator
Jan 23, 2014 | 1321 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After years of service in the bean industry, local West Side resident Gloria Ellery — commonly referred to as ‘Mama G’— was recently exemplified for her agricultural feats and unique lima bean recipes in the Jan. 16th edition of the California Dry Bean Advisory Board’s “Bean Sack Blog.”

Ellery, a born and raised product of Patterson, married her late husband Henry “Hank” Ellery after completing high school in 1956. Once Hank left the service, he and Gloria moved his bean warehouse in the Carpenteria area to Westley. Although Ellery’s warehouse closed in 1952, Hank continued farming beans while Gloria fashioned many lima bean recipes.

The Dry Bean Advisory Board’s blog was contributed by Crows Landing native Marilyn Sarasqueta, but is not the only feature to relay information about the West Side’s bean production. In response to the growing media outlets available, the advisory board recently launched a new website called calbeans.org to spread awareness and interest within the industry, said Ali Cox, marketing consultant for the advisory board.

A distinct section of their website is dedicated to acknowledging those that continue to farm beans in California, and includes many familiar faces within Patterson’s district. The section, titled “Meet the Farmers,” showcases many West Side natives, including Jason Yamamoto, Daniel Bays, Chuck Cox and Matt Maring, among many others.

Ali Cox said it was important to highlight the bean growers within the area in order to support the agricultural economy. She also hopes the added promotion will increase interest in the California Dry Bean Advisory by allowing others to share bean recipe submissions, news and methods for growing, soaking or storing beans. Many features on their website currently include a grower section, nutritional tab, an innovative timeline, bean distinctions and irrigation methods.

Since June 22, 1970, the California Dry Bean Advisory Board has been committed to sustaining and improving bean production through promotions and funding efforts.

Cox is presently launching a twitter promotion for the Advisory called the Bean Cooking Fitness Challenge, where challengers must tweet how they are using beans to become fit. The winner will receive a gift basket worth $150. You can also find the Dry Bean Advisory Board on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Use the “handle” @californiabeans when searching.

Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24 or brooke@pattersonirrigator.com.

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