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.

Music at the Market: Tess Creasy

Music at the Market: Tess Creasy

September 21, 2017 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

We’re so thankful to MFM vendor, Spice of Africa, for introducing us to the talents of Tess Creasy, who will be playing the market this Sunday, September 24th, starting at 11:00. Here’s her intro:

“My name is Tess Creasy. I am fourteen years old and absolutely in love with music. Ever since, well, forever, I’ve been singing, and songwriting was one of my passions from a very early age as well. I play guitar, piano, ukulele and, of course, I sing! If you’re one to categorize, my genre would be considered “indie pop.” My new album captures a certain wild, raw feeling. It is lovely and honest and powerful. It is my diary, my life, on a CD. Songs to which the world will dance, sing, fall in love. Together, we’ll do this. Are you ready?”

We’ll also have traditional Irish tunes starting at 12:30 thanks to market neighbor, Joe Reidy, and his trio!

Vendor Voices: Mee Mee's Goodies

Photo by Lisa Waters.

Vendor Voices: Mee Mee’s Goodies

September 18, 2017 |  by  |  Blog, Vendor Profiles  |  No Comments

Montavilla Farmers Market is an important part of my week. I have developed relationships with customers I see week after week, year after year, shopping with their families. This market feels like the heart of the community when I regularly see hugs and greetings exchanged between friends while shopping. I am glad to feel part of this vibrant community.

One of the best compliments I can receive is, “My family won’t eat any other jam now!” I’m proud to say that I source many of my ingredients from this market. The money from my sales stays very local since I often leave the market with my car full of berries and fruit for my next batches of jam. So, even within the farmers and vendors, there is cooperation to support one another.

I have worked at many Farmer’s Markets, but no others have the warm sense of community that I find at Montavilla.

~Melissa Buechler, Owner, Mee Mee’s Goodies