Summertime Means It's Time to Head to the Farmers Market


Woman Selling Fresh Produce at a Farmers Market

There is no better place to pick up a variety of local, seasonal fruits and veggies than your local farmers' market. You are sure to have a wide selection of produce and meats that are harvested at their nutritional peak unlike the grocery store where produce often arrives from a different continent. The variety available at your local market will depend upon your location and local growing season, but rest assured, you will have plenty to choose from.

Make the Most of Your Summer Produce

Enjoying summer produce is more about making the most of your fresh vegetables than fancy, complicated cooking techniques. Summer crops such as eggplants, tomatoes, corn, beans, peppers, and potatoes are best consumed within days of purchase to ensure peak freshness and nutritional quality. Lightly dress a bowl of salad greens including spinach, lettuces, arugula, and/or dandelion greens to make an usually spicy and fresh summer entree. Have a low country boil with fresh corn, potatoes, and the seafood of your choice. Use your outdoor grill to roast your favorite vegetables alongside a lean cut of chicken or pork. The possibilities are endless.

Be Adventurous and Ask for Cooking Tips

Do not shy away from vegetables you find at the market that you may not be familiar with. Talk with the farmer about the Jerusalem artichokes or purple heirloom tomatoes that they brought to market. They can advise you on the best cooking techniques and recipe ideas. A simple Internet search of an unusual ingredient will yield many new, exciting recipe ideas.

If you find an unusually good deal on summer produce, do not be afraid to stock up. Many summer vegetables, such as corn and green beans, can be canned or frozen creating a store of delicious, fresh vegetables to get you through winter.

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