New Years is a time of celebration, of saying goodbye to another year we made it out of, and embracing a new year full of new possibilities. Resolutions are a traditional way of promising and challenging ourselves to improve our lives and the lives of others. Randall Beans is no exception, and so we want to share our New Years Resolutions with you.
Getting Powered by Beans
The UN General Assembly has declared 2016 as the Year of Pulses, for their beneficial properties both for the human body and for the environment. From the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN:
Pulses [legume crops that include lentils, beans, and chickpeas] are a critical part of the general food basket. Pulses are a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe and should be eaten as part of a healthy diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer; they are also an important source of plant-based protein for animals. In addition, pulses have nitrogen-fixing properties which can contribute to increasing soil fertility and have a positive impact on the environment.
In 2016 we plan to double down on our efforts to spread awareness of the great health benefits of beans, and healthy living in general. If improving your diet and health is one of your resolutions, we’d love to help you with meal ideas from one of our free e-cookbooks.
Additionally, 2016 will mark the launch of Randall Beans’ line of organic products. Slated for an early spring launch, we’re excited to expand our line of products for those who enjoy the benefits of organic foods.
Expanding Open Spigot Farm Activities
A lot has changed since we reopened operations on the historic family farm in Millers Cove, Tennessee – and we’re proud to move forward with even more changes in the coming months.
In addition to the standard off-season activities such as repairing facilities and equipment (we’re especially excited about repurposing some antique lumber from a nearly 60 year old shed we’re taking apart), we’re using the New Year as a time to refocus our beautification of Open Spigot Farm. We are in the beginning phases of planning an orchard on the farm, and plan to plant a variety of fruits including apples, peaches, and some muscadine varieties. Coinciding with our planned organic launch, Open Spigot Farm will be starting a honeybee hive, introducing a great species of pollinators to our crops. We hope to share updates and some awesome pictures as we get further along in our plans!
Those are our big resolutions going into 2016. We’re excited to see how the Randall Beans family can come together and make these plans a reality. We’d also love to hear your own resolutions, whether they’re to help yourself or to help others. Here’s to a happy and successful 2016, from our family to yours!