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.

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

Vendor Voices: Sunrise Family Farm

Sunrise Family Farm, photo by D.L. Reamer

Vendor Voices: Sunrise Family Farm

September 11, 2017 |  by  |  Blog, Vendor Profiles  |  No Comments

We love selling at the market and work hard to grow flowers and create beautiful arrangements. We listen to what the shoppers ask for and provide the best service. Our way of business is to treat customers how we would like to be treated as a customer, and we want them to leave with a bouquet that makes them happy. It means a lot and makes our work satisfying that customers return to us again and again. Thank you for shopping with us for so many years!

~Xiong and Xee, Owners, Sunrise Family Farm