the joy in the farmer’s market

Saturday mornings in the summer are one of my most favorite times. The kids and I take a little walk to our farmer’s market and on the way we talk about what we think we’ll find. “Do you think they have sweet corn yet?” “Oh, I hope there are more blueberries!” “We need to go find the lady with the pretzel bread first, before she sells out of it.”

When we get there we always walk up one side and down the other before buying anything. We need to check out what’s there first. (Especially important once corn is in season, gotta check out the prices before buying!) Many of the farmers recognize my kids and let them taste a few things too. I try to break my purchases up between a few different farmers. Doing my small part to support them and the market overall. However, inevitably we end up buying most of our produce from one stand: the farmer from Michigan. His produce is reliably good every week.

On the walk home, I start crafting a menu using the fresh produce, baked items and cheeses I just purchased. We always have some of it that very same day. But I try to stretch it out as long as possible – it’s just so good. Which brings us to the point in the Food Thursday blog where I share a recipe or two!

First, a recipe I’ve posted before but is good enough that it deserves a reminder:
Stuffed Peppers

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Second, a little something new: Summer Pasta
though really, feel free to have this all year round

1lb pasta – penne or rotini
1lb or so of veggies – 2-3 squash, some asparagus, green beans, whatever looks good at the market
1 TB olive oil
2 tsp rosemary
1/2 cup feta cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400. Cut veggies into 1 inch chunks, toss with olive oil and rosemary. Spread out on a cookie sheet and roast for 30 minutes.
2. Boil pasta according to directions.
3. Toss the veggies with the pasta and feta cheese (it’s always okay to use more cheese if you think it needs it)
4. Eat

This is good as a side dish. Or add some chopped up, grilled chicken and call it dinner in a bowl.
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This Saturday, take some time to stroll through your local farmer’s market. You’ll be glad you did! Now I need to go find some fun blueberry recipes…

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3 thoughts on “the joy in the farmer’s market

  1. I love farmer market… I will wander for hours buying fresh vegetables and products for my kitchen. The summer pasta recipe sounds delicious. Really look great for hot weather 🙂

    1. Thanks Tes! The summer pasta is my go to dinner in the summer – easy, yummy, great way to use all sorts of veggies. And it works great with just about any meat or on its own. Gotta love versatile recipes.

  2. the man from michigan is phenomenal. I think he grows his produce with magic. the tiny little plums are the best. what a treat. maybe its southern accent that makes them grow. and th pretzel bread…yum. but we get there early for the fresh eggs. i told the kids that the green ones come from green chickens. always mess with their minds. lol!

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