Colorado Beans

weird truck seen in Taos, NM

Shot one-handed with a DSLR while driving (don’t try this at home)…

You have to admit, you don’t see something like this very often. I’ve been around quite a long time, and I can safely say I’ve never gone down the road behind a Colorado beans truck. For that matter, I don’t know if I’ve ever eaten any Colorado beans or why I’d want to, but now I’m curious. “Colorado beans!” Kind of rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?

Where do they grow beans in Colorado? I mean, these can’t be mountain beans, can they? Although that sounds even better! (Fart your way up some fourteeners, chilluns.) They can’t be eastern Colorado beans, the only things that grow there are cows, wheat, tumbleweeds, and dust. Mostly dust, though. See what I mean? The more I think about it, the weirder it gets. When we drive to Iowa, the first state we cross is Colorado. I’ll see if I can spot some beans next time.

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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

  • Rita December 22, 2013, 10:57 PM

    Wow! So glad you got that shot! One handed! And no camera shake! I am another person who has not thought about beans in Colorado before. Maybe beans are difficult to grow in Colorado and are really something to brag about. Inquiring minds need to know….

    • JHF December 23, 2013, 2:00 AM

      There’s an anti-shake setting on my Pentax K-x that I always have on. I have no idea if it works, since I’ve never turned it off. 🙂 But about Colorado beans, I know nothing.

  • Mike R December 23, 2013, 7:42 AM

    Maybe it’s Dirk who sometimes sets up shop in the public parking lot on Kit Carson?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27662838@N00/6916558122/in/photolist-bxcaL7

    • JHF December 23, 2013, 8:31 AM

      Great photo of yours! I dunno, but the odds gotta be good it’s the same dude, right?

  • Pam in Ranchos December 23, 2013, 7:59 AM

    https://www.anasazibeans.com/
    These are especially tasty Colorado beans, if you haven’t had them. Don’t know if that was what the trunk folks were selling, but these are worth a try.

    • JHF December 23, 2013, 8:32 AM

      So “Colorado beans” is a thing, then? I knew this post would flush out the truth. Thanks for the link!

  • nan December 23, 2013, 8:46 AM

    In the Four Corners region, they dry farm beans. That is probably Dirk from Dove Creek. I’ve never met him, but I have a bunch of his beans that a friend from the swap meet bought me. Yeah, SW CO is bean country.

  • Katie December 23, 2013, 8:48 AM

    Taos needs a La Montanita Food Coop where you can get Colorado beans (anasazi and pinto) as well as organic Colorado flours.

  • nan December 23, 2013, 8:53 AM
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