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In "The Way It Was", 2-Minnie Anna (Sister) Dodd Garris 1874-1957, 2-William B. Garris 1879-1949, 3-Evelyn Floy Garris 1910-1997, 3-Jessie (J'Mae or Ditta) Garris 1914-2011, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE), FAMILY: PATERNAL LINE (BEE), POSTS BY LOCATION, Round O, S.C., STORIES on July 30, 2015 at 9:39 am

I remember J’Mae and me taking dinner out  to the fields for Daddy and the other workers. When you had field helpers, you were expected to furnish their dinner.  It was usually so much for a day’s work and dinner. I can remember it being $1.00 per day and dinner. Mamma did all this cooking. I think  that I picked cotton  two or three days in my life. It is very hard work. You used a crocus bag with it tied around your neck and drug that through the fields  to fill with cotton.  Daddy paid us the same as other workers.  Mamma  did not like for us to work in the fields and be exposed to all the other workers and their filthy language.  However, Daddy always has a garden of over an acre and we girls always gathered vegetables late in the afternoon for our food  for the next day. This included butter beans (Of course in the low country, we called them ” sievey beans” (and I believe if you look it up that is the official name), okra, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce,  white squash, peas, string beans, etc.  We would all wear sun hats and long sleeves if possible.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter Six: “MY DADDY,” 1999

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  1. Grandma and I once came to the beach at Emerald Isle in the summer each bringing a bushel of butter beans. It was an accident, but we were both thinking on the same wavelength. We spent a lot of time that week on the porch shelling butter beans. These butter beans were very small flat green beans. Grandma’s recipe for cooking butter beans was to cook them in ham stock with a little salt and serve with the liquid over steamed white rice. It was one of her favorites, and mime as well.

  2. My grandfather, Howard Garris, always had butter beans growing in our garden. I can remember many a day my grandmother, Julia C. Garris, and I sitting in our den shelling butter beans. She would freeze them so we would have them all year. There’s nothing quite like the taste of freshly picked butter beans.

  3. Aunt Boyd, I remember shelling beans on the porch. I can hardly ever find them at any farmer’s markets now. Did Grandma ever cook them from dried beans, or did she only cook them from fresh?

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