There are two kinds of people over age 35. I'll get to the under-35 set in just a minute. First, if you're over 35 you either like to shell peas and butterbeans, or you hate it. Me? I'm in the "like it" group. Yes, it was hard on the thumb, tiring, and seemingly endless. But the alternative for me was to be in the field picking the peas. Now, if you know me at all, you will know that I am an indoor cat. So, shelling was my ONLY option. It really wasn't all that bad. I was able to sit outside under the great big pecan tree with the others left behind to shell. We would race to see who could finish shelling their panful of peas first. The winner was justly rewarded with yet another pan of peas and another race ahead. All in all, though, it was kind of therapeutic. Working with your hands, making progress, and having those yummy Dixie Lee peas for supper was the ultimate reward!
Now, back to the under-35 age group. For you, there are two kinds of people - those who have shelled peas and butterbeans, and those who have not!
Somewhere along the course of time someone came up with the bright idea to create and build a pea-shelling machine. It's like magic! Simply dump the baskets of peas in the tray on one side, turn on the switch, and voila! Out rolls freshly shelled peas on the screened tray on the other side! Amazing!
If you go to the market don't forget to visit Wise Farms and get your peas. Ours are already shelled...by that fancy machine, of course.