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.

Be a Vendor for the 2018-2019 Season

Photos of MFM vendors by Walker Stockly

Be a Vendor for the 2018-2019 Season

January 11, 2018 |  by  |  Blog, News  |  No Comments

Montavilla Farmers Market’s 2018 priority period deadline for accepting vendors is coming up on January 17th, 2018. (But the application reopens February 14th on a rolling basis where vendors will be accepted for the 2018-2019 season as space and category become available.)

We strive to provide a vibrant marketplace where our diverse community has access to fresh, high quality, local food. MFM evaluates a vendor product/producer on the following characteristics when determining acceptance:

  • products grown and harvested locally by the vendor
  • locally sourced ingredients (direct from grower/producer)
  • 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 GM-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

Interested in taking a leadership role with MFM? The Board of Directors is recruiting

December 13, 2017 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Do you want to get more involved with the behind the scenes governance and management of your neighborhood market?

Do have knowledge or experience in one of the following areas: Human Resources, Planning, Finance, Development, Community Relations, or Operations?

Do you want to share your ideas and make them a reality?

Montavilla Farmers Market is looking for a few new board of directors members. The board has the primary responsibility for governing the entire market organization. Board members are generally expected to commit to a minimum of eight to twelve hours per month. The job description lists more about the responsibilities.

If you are interested in learning more about being on the MFM board, please email volunteer@montavillamarket.org.