This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks welcomes Dr. Calvin Lamborn to the studio.
As a young breeder, with a PhD. in plant breeding, and a keen curiosity, Dr. Lamborn crossed a rogue garden pea with a snow pea. By chance, he observed an off type pea “rogue” which had thicker pod wall flesh than normal. Calvin’s first thought was that this thicker pod flesh would improve the quality of the snow pea pods. The unexpected outcome was a new class of edible podded pea, which you may have heard of, called the Snap Pea.
Since then, Calvin’s Peas have earned prestigious honors and awards in the trade as well as acclaim from top chefs across the country. At 82 years of age, Calvin continues to breed new peas, and has exceeded his expectations of what was possible with peas from when he first began.