Summer in pretty much in full swing in these parts. While summer brings oppressive heat, mosquitoes, and humidity, it also brings one my favorite things in the world: Farmer’s Markets. We used to live in a small rural town before our relocation to the sunshine state and the farmer’s market there was epic. There were so many choices of delicious produce from farms that were right around the corner and the cakes, oh the cakes. I even used to sell dog treats there once upon a time. Ah, memories…
But I digress… So when we moved to a larger cities in a less rural area, I was concerned that finding a decent farmer’s market would be difficult. I could not have been more wrong. There is a massive arts market that happens every week, with a large farmer’s market incorporated with it. Better yet, we have our own market out here at the beach.
So, what to do with all the delicious food that you can pick up at the farmer’s market? I’m so glad you asked! I present to you, a few of my favorite farmer’s market dishes:
This is such an easy recipe and you can get just about all of the ingredients at the farmers market. Better yet, make a large batch and freeze some to eat later on in the summer!
1 yellow onion, diced
1 1/2 pound of potatoes, quartered
1 cup of peas, fresh or frozen
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 ears of corn, kernels cut off
4 cups of vegetable stock (or chicken)
1 cup of cream (or whole milk)
salt and pepper to taste
In olive oil, saute onions until translucent, add garlic and saute for about a minute. Add potatoes and stock, bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Add in corn, peas, and milk and bring back to simmer for another 5 minutes. Season with fresh herds and ENJOY!
I love the corn chowder recipe because it is so easy. Throw everything into a pot and cook, can’t get any better than that, and I love a creamy soup.
The next recipe I want to mention is one that I found on The Kitchn. They take a potatoes au gratin and cross it with a ratatouille, which is sheer genius! I’m a little jealous I didn’t think of it.
And last, but not least, a little something sweet.
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
1/4 tsp salt
2 lemons, juice and zest
1 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8X8 pan with butter. Cream together butter and sugar. Mix in flour and salt. In a separate bowl beat together eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until creamy, about 2 minutes. Pour in pan and bake for 20 minutes.
For the glaze, add sifted powdered sugar to lemon juice and zest and mix until combined and smooth. Once cake comes out of the oven, let sit until completely cool. With a fork, pierce top of the cake, this will allow the glaze to soak through the cake. Let the cake sit for a little while to soak up all the glaze-y goodness and then cut and serve.
Gotta love some fresh veggies – Zoey sure does! But, really, if you haven’t already, I hope that you will go check out your local market! Not only does it help support local farmers and local business owners, but you can get some really great produce that you can rest assured is natural and locally grown. Support local!