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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.

Use your SNAP card and double your money!

May 18, 2016 |  by  |  Blog, News  |  No Comments

Get more fruits and vegetables when you use your Oregon Trail SNAP Card at Montavilla Farmers Market. It’s easy with Double Up Food bucks! For example, if you spend $10 of your SNAP dollars at the market, we will give you another $10 to buy more locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Need more information about Double Up Food Bucks and how they work? Click here for Food Bucks frequently asked questions.

In 2016, there will be around 50 farmers markets across Oregon that accept Double Up Food Bucks. Find participating locations here.FoodBuck

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.