From Farm To Table: Farmers’ Markets

It’s market season!

Good cooking starts with good ingredients. Make the most of your bumper crop with these recipes in which fresh fruits and vegetables play a starring role.

GREENS
Asparagus

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

Grilled Asparagus with Roasted Garlic Toast and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Photo by SunnyByrd

Basil
A fragrant summer delight.

Simple Garlic and Basil Pesto

Photo by Lori McInerney

Cukes
Crisp, refreshing cucumber recipes.

Cool Cucumber Salsa

Photo by CookinBug

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

Sugar Snap Peas with Mint

Photo by LynnInHK

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

Best Ever Sausage with Peppers, Onions, and Beer!

Photo by Roxy Mom

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

Sweet Pepper Pasta Toss with Kale

Photo by hopc

Zucchini
You won’t give away zucchini with these recipes!

Calabacitas

Photo by Jillian Kuhlmann

REDS
Radishes
Delicious raw or cooked.

Steamed Radishes

Photo by Molly

Cherries, Raspberries, and Strawberries
The fresh fruits of summer, so berry delicious.

Fresh Cherry Cobbler

Photo by ValerieTux

Tomatoes
The star of the market!

Fresh Tomato Salad

Photo by mommyluvs2cook

PURPLES
Beets
Both the green tops and the roots are edible.

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

Photo by Lordlemondrop

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

Baba Ghanoush

Photo by LYNNINMA

Grapes, Plums, and Blackberries
Late-summer sweetness.

My Own Famous Stuffed Grape Leaves

Photo by Shifter

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

Summer Corn Salad

Photo by Molly

Carrots and Summer Squash
Brighten up your plate with carrots and squash.

Easy Morning Glory Muffins

Photo by Piratefrog

More Ideas for Summer Produce

Go Local
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.