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.

Sponsor MFM this Year!

Sponsor MFM this Year!

May 11, 2016 |  by  |  Blog, News  |  No Comments

Montavilla Farmers Market is celebrating ten seasons (and growing!), but we wouldn’t be here at all without the help of our tremendous sponsors. Business and community support has been instrumental in the success of the market over our first ten years, and it’s sure to be vital for our next ten.

There are several easy ways to get involved as a sponsor of the market this year. From small businesses, to established Montavilla mainstays, we’re looking for folks who are excited about what our diverse neighborhood has to offer, people who believe that healthy, local food should be available to everyone.

We’re thankful for our sponsors Mr. PlywoodHabitat for Humanity ReStoreSynchro SolarFlying Pie, Montavilla Brew WorksHive of IndustryMontavilla United Methodist Church, Farmers Market Coalition & Chipotle, and AMC Bookkeeping & Tax Service who are on board this year to support the market’s tenth season. Thank you!

Would you or someone you know like to partner with Montavilla Farmers Market this season? Reach out to MFM Board Chair Evan Schneider to learn more about working together to sustain a vibrant marketplace in the heart of our community.

Sign Up for Community Supported Agriculture!

March 20, 2016 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

imagesIf you shop farmers markets regularly, you probably know and enjoy the opportunity to meet the farmers who grow your food. Community Supported Agriculture is a way to deepen this connection.

This is the time of year when farmers are buying the seeds and supplies they need to grow crops for the coming season. It’s also the time of year when they have little to sell and little income. Community Supported Agriculture developed to address this predicament by inviting customers to pay now for a “share” of the coming season’s harvest. The share entitles customers to receive a weekly or monthly box of produce throughout the growing season. CSAs are not just for vegetables either. There are also fruit, meat, dairy, and flower CSAs available.

Farmers benefit from the stability of a known customer base and being able to confidently plan what they can grow and sell. Customers, in turn, get an in depth experience (and taste!) of the variety and seasonality one farm can offer.

A CSA share represents an ongoing commitment between the farmer and customer. In most CSA relationships, farmers and customers really do get to know one another, whether by hearing farm news at the share box pick up, or in special sharemember only farm visits and events.

And there’s good news for SNAP customers interested in CSAs. Many farms now accept Oregon Trail cards for buying a CSA share. And just like at the farmers market, you can get matching funds to make your CSA more affordable while helping farmers earn a living. Check out Portland Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition‘s program to match up to $200 for your 2016 CSA!

Montavilla Market vendors offering CSAs include:

And check the Portland Area CSA Coalition for even more local farms offering CSAs this season.