Full of protein, peas are our first legumes of the season. Pea plants love cold weather and can withstand freezing temperatures as low as 28F (even lower with a blanket of insulating snow)! That’s why they’re one of the first non-leafy vegetables available. Pea shoots start as early as March, and shelling, snow, and snap peas are available in late May through late June.
Beans, on the other hand, require summer heat, and they can’t be planted until all danger of frost is past – about May 15th in our area. Green beans, yellow wax beans and purple beans, as well as lima beans and the prized fava beans are harvested from July through September. Dried black and white soy beans are available through the winter.