Oats, Peas, Beans, & Barley – Nov/Dec Journal

A vintage postcard depicting the rhyme Oats, Peas, Beans, & Barley.

Oats, Pease, Beans, and Barley Grow. This simple, sing-song rhyme from long ago that describes the annual rhythms of growing grain, is easily remembered by adults who chanted it as children. When I was young, I had the idea that the last word in the title, “grow” was actually“groats.” Come to find out, it is a real word. Groats refers to any whole kernel of grain that has been minimally processed to remove the outer husk or hull, called the chaff. Groats are a whole grain that retains the germ and bran.

Although this issue is about the four grains in the poem, it is not about all grains, nor is it all about grains. Instead, it is an extension on the ideas of Potager Gardens (from the previous issue) and focuses on the cooking pot rather than the garden. 


Oats, Peas, & Beans – Nov/Dec Journal

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