From Farm To Table: Farmers’ Markets

Good cooking starts with good ingredients. Make the most of farmers market produce with these recipes in which fresh fruits and vegetables play a starring role.

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Farmers’ markets are a great place to find the freshest sweet corn, the reddest, ripest tomatoes and the most fragrant, flavorful strawberries. Taste heirloom vegetables and fruits and sample hard-to-find foods like ramps, morel mushrooms, cardoons, and quince.

Many vendors offer recipes and cooking tips. Some sell house-made jams and hearth-baked breads, free-range chickens, and fresh eggs.


Fresh asparagus of all colors — green, purple, or white — is a gift of spring.

Simply Steamed Asparagus

Simply Steamed Asparagus | Photo by homeschooler3


A fragrant summer delight.


Crisp, refreshing cucumber recipes.

Hungarian Cucumber Salad

Hungarian Cucumber Salad | Photo by lutzflcat

Beans and Peas

Green beans, string beans, English peas, and sugar snap peas.

Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes

Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes | Photo by naples34102

Bell Peppers

Packed with vitamin C, peppers are also a good source of vitamin A.

Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Chef John's Fisherman Pie

Chef John’s Fisherman Pie | Photo by Baking Nana


You won’t give away zucchini with these recipes!

Fresh Corn and Zucchini Saute

Fresh Corn and Zucchini Saute | Photo by Allrecipes


Delicious raw or cooked.

Radishes on hot dog

Hot dog topped with sliced radishes | Photo by Meredith

Cherries, Raspberries, and Strawberries

The fresh fruits of summer, so berry delicious.

Balsamic Strawberries

Balsamic Strawberries | Photo by lutzflcat


The star of the market!


Both the green tops and the roots are edible.

Quick Pickled Eggs and Beets

Quick Pickled Eggs and Beets | Photo by Meredith


Versatile eggplant: try it in smoky dips or spicy stir-fries.

Eggplant Sandwiches

Eggplant Sandwiches | Photo by CookinBug

Grapes, Plums, and Blackberries

Late-summer sweetness.

Spiced Grapes

Spiced Grapes | Photo by lutzflcat


For more ways to eat corn on the cob, see our Grilled Vegetables article.

Carrots and Summer Squash

Brighten up your plate with carrots and squash.

Thai Carrot Salad

Thai Carrot Salad | Photo by lutzflcat

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