Without a doubt, visiting the local farmers market is one of our favorite ways to get a feel for a new city we're visiting. Not only do you get to check out what fruits and vegetables are grown nearby, but you get to people-watch! And of course, at the end of the day, you get to make dinner with all your farmers market finds. Let these ten recipes inspire your next farmers market visit — and the next meal you make.
Potato, Squash, and Goat Cheese Gratin
You're always sure to find plenty of fruits and vegetables at the farmers market, but these days, we can often find milk, yogurt, eggs, local beef and pork, cheese, bread, and even fish. This lets us branch out into dishes like pork shank braised with fennel and tomatoes, kale and goat cheese frittata cups made with farm-fresh eggs, and easy baked fish in foil packets.
Cooking entirely from the farmers market is also a lesson in being flexible. Maybe the recipe calls for green peppers, but those aren't quite in season yet. Can you leave them out? Could you substitute zucchini instead? If the bread vendor is sold out, maybe your sandwich recipe could become a salad. If the dairy truck isn't there today, maybe your creamy soup becomes a broth. Use recipes like those below as a template and adapt your meal to what you find at the market.
The idea is to use what you find at the market as the inspiration for your next meal — start there and you'll be guaranteed a tasty, seasonal meal to top all others.
Do you have a favorite meal that you make from the farmers market?
Easy French Ratatouille
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