That first "mess" of green beans from the garden are raised to a new level of yumminess with the addition of freshly dug new potatoes from a few rows over.
It's hard to describe a "mess" of beans or greens or squash. I suppose the best description would be it's enough to feed your family a meal with some leftovers.
So for this side dish, you'll need a mess of green beans and a dozen or so small new potatoes.
Wash the green beans and trim the ends. Break into one inch pieces. Put the green beans into a 2 quart sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to a soft simmer. Add a few tablespoons of bacon drippings or a half cup or so of diced ham or bacon. Let simmer for a few hours, adding additional water if needed.
Wash potatoes and drop them into the beans and let them cook until they are soft. Try to use uniform sized potatoes so they will cook evenly.
Taste for seasoning and add salt if needed.