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Beans promoted as healthy, affordable at McFarland Ranch event

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Posted: Sunday, September 11, 2011 8:51 pm | Updated: 12:38 pm, Mon Sep 12, 2011.

Ever hear of the "black valentine"? It's a kind of bean that Sacramento's Steve "Chili" Smith uses for a tasty bean dish and two types of cornbread.

The black valentine was one of several kinds of legumes that visitors to Sunday's Heirloom Bean Picnic sampled at the historic McFarland Ranch. Hosted by the Slow Food chapters of Lodi and Sacramento, the bean picnic provided the opportunity for visitors to learn all about beans, their health benefits and how good they can taste.

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