Summer season is in full swing and we are living for it! We have gorgeous organic eggplant, the first of the season green peppers and, of course, green beans. Our standard FreshFix box has 2lb of green beans from Fenton's Farm in Batavia, NY. Our OrganicFix boxes have 1lb of organic green beans from Abers Acres in Kennedy, NY.
ABOUT THE FARMS
Fenton's Farm is about a 45-minute drive outside of the city of Buffalo, NY. They sell their fruit and vegetables through their Farm Store, their CSA, and at farmer's markets, They also offer U-Pick fruits and veggies and have blueberries in season soon! To learn more, visit their Facebook.
Abers Acres is in Kennedy, NY, a little over an hour outside of Buffalo. It is a family farm established in 1984 and has since grown to over 100 acres of prime agricultural land devoted to the production of U-Pick and ready-picked choice seasonal fruits and vegetables. They are certified organic and strive to be energy efficient as they can. They welcome those interested to visit and learn more about their practices at their farm. If the drive is daunting, check out their website to learn more!
Choose fresh, well colored beans that snap easily when bent. Green beans are happiest when stored in a plastic bag in the fridge, specifically in the crisper drawer. And, if they're happy, you'll be happy, too! Use within one week and wash them before serving or preparing.
Rinse beans well before using and snap off stems and ends. It can be faster using scissors or kitchen shears. Try your beans in a stir-fry or roast them if you like a little char. They are great steamed, too, but try to use only a little water to reduce the amount of nutrients lost in the water. Always cook beans until they are bright green - don't overcook! Green beans are great when flavored with lemon juice, garlic, pepper, herbs or reduced-sodium soy sauce.
Like any vegetable, green beans are very nutrient dense. They offer many vitamins and minerals compared to their low energy offering at 31 calories per cup. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, A, K, and folate. They are fat and cholesterol-free, so load 'em on to any dinner plate! They are also a great source of fiber, similar to all of our beloved veggies.
Garlic Lemon Green Beans - She Wears Many Hats
Blistered Green Beans with Garlic - Bon Appetit
Healthy Green Bean Cassorole - Gimme Some Oven
Baked Green Bean Fries - Food Network
Israeli Couscous with Green Beans and Pistachios - Martha Stewart
Balsamic Green Bean Salad - Taste of Home
How do you like your green beans? Let us know in the comments below! All these recipes and more can be found on our Pinterest page!