Snap, Bean or String?

Snap beans, green beans, or string beans…no matter what you call them, they are one and the same and in they are in season!

Historically, bean pods contained a “string”, a hard fibrous strand running the length of the pod. This was removed before cooking, or made edible by cutting the pod into short segments. Today, most commercially grown green bean varieties lack strings.

Green snap beans are categorized into two different groups, bush or pole beans, based on their growth characteristics. If the bean plant needs support to grow, they are considered pole beans; if the beans can grow on their own without added support, they are bush beans.

Green beans are versatile

You can serve green beans steamed, boiled, stir-fried or baked in casseroles. You can also can or freeze them to enjoy when out of season.

And green beans are nutritious: they are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium; and contain high levels of vitamins, minerals, and are high in fiber and protein.

Click here for a recipe to make Easy Stir-Fried Pork with String Beans. Several of our farmers sell green beans, and you can pick up locally-raised pork from Happy Hogs Premium Pork.

Shopping Bag Raffle 

Don’t forget to stop by the Pearl Market tent tomorrow for your chance to win a shopping bag full of market goodness. Each Tuesday, the Pearl Market will raffle off one of these bags to thank you for your patronage. See you at the market!

Happy National Farmers Market Week!

Where you shop makes a difference for our farmers. National Farmers Market Week, August 5 through 11, celebrates the work of our local farmers. The infographic above indicates how your support of the farmersmarkets, like the Pearl Market, sustains the livelihood of local farmers.

Music at the Market

Thanks to its partnership with entertainment sponsors the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Capstone Dental, The Pearl Market provides customers and vendors with live, local entertainment each market day. Here’s who will be playing this week:

Tuesday August 7, 2018
Reya & Millie Weibel

Friday August 10, 2018
Casey Redmond

 

Eating Healthy is a SNAP!

The Pearl Market operates the Produce Perks program that matches food purchases up to $20 to encourage SNAP customers to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and seeds.

How It Works:
GO to the Pearl Market tent on market days
SWIPE your Ohio Directions Card for tokens to spend on fruits and veggies
DOUBLE your dollars with up to $20 in Produce Perks
SHOP for fresh produce at the Pearl Market!

Posted by Cass Freeland

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