Times Past

August 2, 2014

World War l made the Central Coast the bean capital of the world

The U.S. fed and clothed much of Europe from 1914 until 1918 at considerable profit. That included Central Coast farmers growing dried beans for export. In the days before refrigeration was common, dried navy beans provided the most versatile emergency food source.

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About Dan Krieger

Dan Krieger

Dan Krieger is a professor emeritus of history at Cal Poly and past president of the California Mission Studies Association.