Italian Flat Beans, or Romano Beans are meant to be eaten whole (pod and all). They’re rich in protein and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese and copper. They are also a great source of fiber, and vitamins A, C, K, B6, and folate. 

Romano beans are a little meatier than regular green beans, and can be used so many different ways! Eat them as a side dish, or add to pasta or a grain salad.  They are a wonderful addition to a soup or a stew.

If you plan to cook them on the stove, blanch them first (drop into boiling water for 3 minutes), then remove and sauté in butter or olive oil for 5 minutes.

Or you can roast them whole for a charred, umami flavor (yes,please!)  The following recipe is from the Boston Globe:


Roasted, Garlicky Romano Beans


1 pound romano beans, stem ends trimmed

1/4 cup olive oil

3 cloves garlic, smashed

3 sprigs of fresh thyme, broken in half

Salt and pepper, to taste


Set oven at 450 degrees.

2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the whole beans with the oil, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Spread the beans into a single layer.

3. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, or until the beans are tender and browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Time to Apply! Join MFM as a Vendor!

Vendor photos by Robin Mokulehua and Rebecca Andersson.

Time to Apply! Join MFM as a Vendor!

December 31, 2018 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Montavilla Farmers Market is soon accepting vendors for our 2019/2020 season. The Priority Application Period runs January 2nd – January 16th, 2019. Applicants applying during this time will be notified of their status by January 31st, 2019. After that time, the application will re-open on February 13th, 2019 on a rolling basis and vendors will be added only when space allows.

MFM’s mission is centered around being a market of farm and food businesses: we are looking for and accept applications from farms in Oregon or Washington, along with processed food makers and ready-to-eat foods/food carts. MFM evaluates prospective vendors on the following characteristics when determining acceptance:

  • products grown and harvested locally by the vendor
  • locally sourced ingredients (bought direct from the farmer)
  • striving to use environmentally responsible and sustainable production methods
  • offerings based on availability within natural season of growth
  • artisan production and uniqueness of processor
  • minimal packaging with lowest impact materials
  • reduction/avoidance of genetically modified-containing ingredients
  • no use of growth hormone
  • returning vendors that are in good standing with the organization

Interested in vending? Please see our vendor page for more information, the vendor handbook, and application:

Become a Vendor

A Big Thank You!

A Big Thank You!

August 22, 2018 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Fuego!was a fundraiser for our SNAP-match, food justice program, Everybody Eats.We raised money to match customers’ EBT dollars at the market, and created some wonderful community connections as well!  Much gratitude to Beer Bunker, for letting us use your beautiful patio. Big thanks to our major sponsors for the event — MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, and  PDX Green Team, and to wonderful silent auction donors as well. The night was a rousing success, and we appreciate every person who attended, organized, volunteered, and sponsored. Thank you!