It's the International Year of Pulses. http://www.fao.org/pulses-2016/en/ I get excited about beans anyway, so imagine what this is doing to me!
Thanks to the Slow Foods e-news I just learned that the American Pulse Association has a great website. http://pulsepledge.com/
But I must say that taking the pulse of local grocery stores yesterday was disappointing. I wanted some decent red beans, preferably Rancho Gordo's. (I recommend liking RG's page on Facebook for the latest news and recipes.) All I could find at Oliver's and Sonoma Market and Whole Foods was kidney beans. So unimaginative. So I'm going to make red beans and rice with Santa Maria Pinquitos from RG, and plan a trip to Napa soon to get a better selection at the source. Sangre de Toros, here I come.