Beloved by Maine gardeners, green beans are a tasty summer vegetable, whether cooked or raw. They are easy to find at grocery stores, farm stands, farm stores, and farmers’ markets and keep well in the fridge. Snipping the ends off the beans can be accomplished with a chef’s knife and a cutting board, or can be assigned to kids or other helpers as a summer afternoon chore. Try them raw with dip, or chop them to add to soups and casseroles or a summer salad. Or, grab some fresh garlic (usually harvested in July in Maine) and make this savory side dish of Buttery Garlic Beans.