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June 25, 2014

Farmers Market 06-26-14

Fresh beans available

The Stillwater Farmers market is open every Monday at Stillwater Medical Center from 2-5:30 p.m. and every Wednesday and Saturday in Strickland Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are there rain or shine!

What’s at market this week?

Fruits and vegetables: Bell peppers, beets, blackberries, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, green beans, jalapenos, kale, leeks, new potatoes, onions, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, and turnips

Baked goods: Biscotti, cakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies, muffins, pies, scones, turnovers

Breads: Artisan, challah, cinnamon raisin, pepperoni cheese roll, rosemary, rosemary cheddar, rye, seven grain, sourdough and whole wheat

Eggs: Farm fresh eggs

Flowers and plants: Variety of herb plants and flower bouquets

Fresh cut herbs: Basil, dill, mints, oregano and parsley

Jams and jellies: Apricot habanero, elderberry wine, lemon honey and sand plum

Meats: Beef, buffalo, lamb

Santa Fe-style Mexican cuisine: Breakfast burritos, fresh and canned salsas, frozen tamales and enchiladas in a variety of flavors

Fresh green beans are in season now and available in abundance at the farmers market. Green beans are sometimes referred to as string beans. The string that once was their trademark (running lengthwise down the seam of the pod) can rarely be found in modern varieties. It’s for this reason (the breeding out of the “string”) that string beans are often referred to as “snap beans.” Because they are picked at a younger, immature stage, “snap beans” can literally be snapped in half with a simple twist of the fingers.

Green beans belong to the same family as shell beans, such as pinto beans, black beans and kidney beans. In fact, all of these beans have the exact same genus/species name in science – Phaseolus vulgaris – and all can be referred to as “common beans,” probably because they all come from a common bean that originated in Central and South America. However, since green beans are usually picked while still immature and while the inner beans are just beginning to form in the pod, they are typically eaten in fresh (versus dried) form, pod and all.

This week’s Farmers Market recipe features green beans. When using fresh beans, be sure to sauté them in the cooked bacon and onion for a bit first, then add the potatoes and enough chicken broth or water to the pot to cover.

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