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Jacyln's Tomato and Green Bean Salad

My friend, Jacyln, and I headed out to Busa Farm last weekend. To join its CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture), I paid $260 up front for the season and they gave me $280 worth of Busa Bucks (which works out to an 8% discount). Then I can use these Busa Bucks at their farm stand. The part that really grabbed me though is Busa Farm lets you go into the fields and pick your own vegetable and gives you 50% off the farm stand price. I imagine the discount is given since you save the farm the labor of harvesting the vegetables but for me, the opportunity to pick the vegetables fresh myself was a big selling point. I really need to remember bug spray though. The last few times I've gone out to the fields, I've been bitten by a ton of mosquitoes.

But the vague fear of picking up West Nile Fever is beside the point. The point is that Jacyln and I have enjoyed some truly farm fresh meals this summer. She's an amazing cook and I've picked up a few recipes from her that I need to post.

This is one from this past weekend where we wandered up and down the row of grape and cherry tomatoes, picking tons of tomatoes because they looked so beautiful. First there were the yellow ones, then red cherry tomatoes. Then we were lured away by the Roma beans and purple beans. That's right, purple beans! They're magic purple beans since they turn green when you cook them. At first I was fascinated by the change in colors but now that the novelty has worn off, I kinda wish they would stay purple. Anyhow, by the time we got to the end of the row of beans, that brought us to the other end of the tomatoes as well and then there were orange grape tomatoes to pick! So we picked a bunch of those too. We even found a few purple tomatoes. Bonanza!

I don't know if this is properly called a salad or not but that's its name until someone suggests otherwise. Jacyln's one of those intuitive cooks so the measurements aren't exact. But they're good and the recipe is very easy.

Tomato and Green Bean Salad

Some of the purple beans and different colored grape tomatoes

a bowl of the grape tomatoes

Jacyln's Tomato and Green Bean Salad

a fistful of green beans (or Roma beans or purple beans)
a whole bunch of cherry or grape tomatoes [I used a little more than a pint of tomatoes]
1 cup of white wine vinegar [I used 1/2 cup of white wine vinegar]
1/4 cup of sugar (and possibly more to taste) [I used about 1/8 cup sugar]

  1. Cut the beans into 1-inch length, bite-size pieces and blanch them in boiling water. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cut tomatoes in half and mix with the green bean pieces.
  3. Mix the vinegar and sugar together and then pour over the tomatoes and green beans. Toss and serve.

bigger photo of tomato and green bean salad

thread at vegrecipes

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yeah, very few purple veg stay a nice color when cooked.

There are other purple vegetables? :)

the potatoes are what I was thinking of, but the beans are probably the most disappointing.

eggplant is purple, but only on the outside.

those stripey beats can be cooked so as to leave the lovely patterns.

purple vegetables

I love that story (I got onto your blog via vegrecipes). In Holland you can get purple carrots. They are called 'ancient carrots' or something like that. They are part of the new trend of forgotten vegetables. They taste like normal orange carrot but look very pretty!

Yay, new recipe!

Boo, I'm hungry again. :(

I've seen purple beans, they didn't look like those ones, though. Not sure what they were, but they came from my grandfather's garden. And they stayed kinda pink-ish when they were cooked, if I remember correctly. They were also tasty.

That sounds so good. I'd love to be able to go pick out my own with something like that. (I'm pretty lucky to have so many farms around here)

that looks so good. Making me all hungry!

this is something i can do easily. thanks!

yay! glad to see an entry from you again ^^

i should start eating better *takes out notepad*

Hooray! Congratulations and good for you for joining the CSA! I'm glad you're having so much fun with it!

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