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Green beans are low-calorie legumes.  They are a good source of protein and dietary fiber.  They are also packed with healthy nutrients and minerals, including:
Vitamin K
Vitamin C
Vitamin B2
Vitamin B1

Adapted from Emeril Lagasse
1 1/2 pounds of green beans
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Trim the ends of the green beans and add to a large bowl.
Toss with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread out evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast for 12 to 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through until lightly caramelized and crisp tender.


In early July, Local Food Hub began planning with partner producers for fall green beans for Harvest of the Month. Fall green beans are a good fit for high tunnels (unheated greenhouses) because the plants love the cooling night time temperatures in September, and the beans stay clean because no rain can fall in the high tunnels! This month's harvest comes from Hill Farm in Louisa County, Hartland Natural Farm in Madison County, Sunflower Flats in Rockbridge County, and C&E Farms on the Eastern Shore.
Top Left: Meet Susan and Scott Hill of Hill Farm in Louisa County. Top Right: Farmer Scott covering the rows in the high tunnel at Hill Farm. Bottom Left: Meet Armando Lopez of Hartland Natural Farm in Madison County. Bottom Right: Green beans from Hartland Natural Farm.

Top Left: 1st Graders at Johnson Elementary sit together to enjoy green beans. Top Right:  Students at Venable Elementary sample green beans during class time. Bottom Left: Students at Venable Elementary show their approval for green beans.  Bottom Right: Chef Karen roasts the green beans with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Left: Volunteers work hard to remove the ends off of green beans at the Central Kitchen. 
Right: Green beans are ready to be washed before getting roasted.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped wash and prepare 220 lbs of green beans and who helped deliver the snack to the classrooms! Thank you to all the CCS kitchen staff for sharing the kitchen space with us, and especially to Karen and Lopsang, who roasted all 43 pans of green beans!  
Harvest of the Month is a program that highlights a locally available crop each month by providing a fresh, healthy snack in all six Charlottesville Elementary Schools. Students also learn about the crop in their schoolyard garden and classroom. Information on growing, nutrition, and preparation of the crop is shared with teachers and families. The goal of Harvest of the Month is to support healthy living skills that strengthen our youth and community. 
It takes a community to make Harvest of the Month happen! City Schoolyard Garden is grateful to work in collaboration with Charlottesville City Schools and Local Food Hub. Supported with funds through the USDA, the Thomas Jefferson Health District of the Virginia Department of Health and other generous donors. Thanks to rock paper scissors for their design work and Desmond Cormier, Buford Middle School Art Teacher for working with his students to produce the artwork. 

    Donate to keep Harvest of the Month growing!

City Schoolyard Garden is an independent, non-profit organization and your tax deductible donation makes a difference. Join us investing in our children's future, and providing them with a foundation for learning about health, nutrition, sustainability, and community. Click on the apple to donate or send a donation to our address below. Thank you!
P.O. Box 5285, Charlottesville, VA 22905
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