In this episode of Weekends with Yankee,
co-host Amy Traverso is in South Berwick, Maine, where growing heirloom beans is a treasured skill. First, she meets bean farmer Charley Baer, who specializes in New England varietals in a gorgeous array of colors and patterns. Then, she heads across town to North Berwick to the property where homesteaders Rebekah Yonan and Peter Kellman have created a modern-day Eden, growing everything from walnuts and rye to pears and herbs, and, of course, beans. Also visiting the homestead is Rebekah’s brother Joe Yonan
, the food editor of the Washington Post
and author of several books, including Cool Beans
. In the outdoor wood-fired oven, Joe prepares a vegetarian spin on traditional New England–style baked beans for a lovely outdoor dinner.
Next, we travel to Lyme, New Hampshire, to meet Ben Kilham
, who rescues and rehabilitates orphaned bear cubs. We tour his property, meet some of his youngest cubs, then head to a remote woodlot to visit some of the oldest bears he’s raised who are back in the wild and thriving.
Then, we head to Freeport, Maine, where co-host Richard Wiese gets a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to become a Registered Maine Guide
, a program with a long and storied history. Following in the footsteps of the first-ever Registered Maine Guide, Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby, L.L. Bean guide Kristen Roos shares her outdoor savvy with Richard as she demonstrates everything from righting a capsized canoe to baking a pie in a campfire.