Here are a couple of interesting notes from Doug:
We have been offered seeds for edible soybeans (called edamame) from Theresa, a friend of Doug's who works in the soybean research department at the University of Illinois. According to http://www.edamame.com, "Edamame is a green vegetable more commonly known as a soybean, harvested at the peak of ripening right before it reaches the "hardening" time. The word Edamame means "Beans on Branches," and it grows in clusters on bushy branches. To retain the freshness and its natural flavor, it is parboiled and quick-frozen. Edamame is consumed as a snack, a vegetable dish, used in soups or processed into sweets. As a snack, the pods are lightly boiled in salted water, and then the seeds are squeezed directly from the pods into the mouth with the fingers."
Madelyn and Doug have eggplants for saving seed. Here are directions for how to do it. We will talk more about seed saving at our October 1 meeting.