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Sourcing Green Beans

Fresh green beans are available in summer and early fall in Minnesota. Green beans are easily harmed by frost and do not store well, so it is unlikely that you will be able to find locally grown green beans after the first fall frost in your area.

Regulations on Buying Green Beans Directly from Farmers

Minnesota state laws permit retail establishments and food services to purchase raw, unprocessed fruits and vegetables from any farmer who is selling the produce of his or her own farm. See Finding Local Food for databases and directories of local producers.

Fact Sheet for Buying Produce (282 K PDF)

Best Time to Buy

Order fresh green beans before school starts for delivery in September.

Food Buying Guide Specifications

Reference: Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

Food As Purchased (How the Product Can Be Purchased)

Purchase Unit (How You Should Order the Product)

Servings per Purchase Unit (How Many Servings You Will Get Per Purchase Unit)

Serving Size per Meal Contribution (For Each Meal Component Category)

Amount Needed to Buy of the Purchase Units for 100 Servings

Additional Information

Green Beans, Fresh Trimmed Whole Ready-to-Use







¼ cup whole, raw vegetable

¼ cup cut, raw vegetable




1 pound AP = about 5 3/8 cups ready-to-cook

1 pound AP = about 4 cups ready-to-cook beans

Green Beans, Untrimmed Whole



¼ cup whole, cooked vegetable


1 pound AP = .88 pound ready-to-use beans

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