Farmer's Market Recipes

Around the country, farmers bring their abundance to town, allowing us to feast through all four seasons (if you fill the freezer). We've gathered our favorite dinner recipes, side dishes, and snacks (plus a few dessert recipes!) to showcase market-fresh fruits, veggies, honey, and herbs.

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  • Grilled Flank Steak Salad

    Farmer's market finds: yellow or red sweet peppers, sweet corn, green onions, romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, shallots, cilantro

    It's hard to beat candy-sweet cobs of fresh-from-the-farmer's-stand sweet corn. But pair the fresh kernels with juicy, ripe tomatoes, sweet peppers, and strips of thinly sliced steak, and you just might pull it off.

  • Linguine with Fresh Veggies

    Farmer's market finds: asparagus, tomatoes, basil

    Packed with plenty of crunch, tang, and chew, this dish satisfies all your texture cravings in one hearty meal. Bonus: One serving of asparagus provides 66 percent of the recommended daily amount of folate.

    Tip: To remove woody ends of asparagus, pick up a stalk and bend it gently. It will "snap" naturally at the place where the woodiness begins.

  • New Potato Chicken Soup

    Farmer's market finds: new yellow or red potatoes, spring onions, carrots, fresh English peas, fresh thyme, shallots

    Love early season veggies? This savory soup is for you! Vibrant spring onions, carrots, and peas peek around chicken and tiny taters in rich, creamy broth -- and don't get us started on the caramelized shallots.

  • Blueberry Chocolate Pie with Cookie Crust

    Farmer's market finds: blueberries

    Found a bounty of blueberries at the farmer's market? You're in luck! Pile 6 cups of them into this delectable pie jazzed up with a layer of semisweet chocolate and a sour cream cookie crust.

  • Super-Simple Kale Daiquiris

    Farmer's market finds: baby kale

    See how to transform rum, simple syrup, baby kale, and lime juice into your new favorite green drink. Click to watch!

  • Peach and Blackberry Slaw

    Farmer's market finds: peaches, blackberries, cabbage, basil

    A touch of blue cheese and our herb-infused homemade dressing match perfectly with crunchy cabbage and sweet fruit in this simple summer salad.

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  • Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa and Spinach

    Farmer's market finds: onions, mushrooms, fresh spinach, red sweet peppers

    This vegetarian dinner recipe comes together in a smidge over an hour and features market-fresh veggies, two types of grains, and melty Monterey Jack cheese, too.

  • Roasted Root Vegetable and Romaine Salad

    Farmer's market finds: beets, carrots, shallots, thyme, honey, garlic, romaine, parsley

    As summer wanes and the farmer's market starts transitioning to local fall ingredients, put root vegetables to good use in this side-dish salad. Roasting the veggies brings out their rich, sweet flavors, creating a salad that's both hearty and light.

  • Avocado and Asparagus Egg Sandwiches

    Farmer's market finds: asparagus, avocados, limes

    Rise and shine to a bacon-filled breakfast sandwich featuring tender asparagus, creamy avocado, and fluffy eggs. Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a bit of zest to the avocado spread for a perfect start to your day.

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    Strawberry Margarita

    Farmer's market finds: strawberries, limes

    Bottoms up! Celebrate the sweetness of summer with a lip-smacking batch of icy-cold strawberry margaritas. Just add a splash or two of tequila plus triple sec or another orange liqueur to the mix, and you've got yourself one refreshing sipper. (Oh -- and don't forget to sugar the rim!)

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    Tomato and Red Onion Salad

    Farmer's market finds: tomatoes, red onions

    Need a quick salad idea? With only four ingredients, this beautiful tomato salad lets fresh and juicy summer produce be the star. It's a delightful summer side dish that tastes wonderful with grilled chicken or steak.

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    Peppered Kale Chips

    Farmer's market finds: kale

    These aren't your ordinary veggie chips! Two types of pepper -- cayenne and black -- give these crunchy kale chips their fiery flavor.

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    Raspberry Croissant Sandwich

    Farmer's market finds: raspberries, bananas, mangoes, honey

    Whether it's for breakfast or lunch, this sweet and creamy sandwich makes a fabulously fresh meal. All you need is an assortment of ripened fruit, a dash of cinnamon, and some soft cream cheese to fill these golden, flaky croissants.

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    Bison-Zucchini Burgers

    Farmer's market finds: zucchini, onions, basil

    Sure, this healthy recipe is all about the burger. But we top it with fresh farmer's market zucchini ribbons, and we even hid some chopped zucchini and onion in the meat patty to use up those market goodies.

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    Rosemary-Strawberry Shortcake Pizza

    Farmer's market finds: strawberries, rosemary, honey

    Bake or grill this simple shortcake dough that packs an unexpected herby flavor boost -- rosemary! A drizzle of honey and the quick addition of fresh strawberries and whipped cream make it an elegant dessert for any summer gathering.

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    Overnight Cucumber Pickles

    Farmer's market finds: cucumbers, fennel

    Forget store-bought pickles and create a tangy batch of your own using market-fresh veggies. Before soaking and chilling in a vinegar-filled, sealed jar, toss in a few fennel seeds and celery seeds to give this cucumber relish some juicy bite.

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    Grilled Vegetable Torte

    Farmer's market finds: sweet peppers, portobello mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, cherry tomatoes

    Pile all your favorite farmer's market veggies into one extraordinary summer torte. Garlic oil gives this impressive (and healthy!) main dish its savory flavor.

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    Carrot Lemonade

    Farmer's market finds: carrots, lemons, pineapples

    No sugar necessary here. This poppy-orange summertime drink is beaming with natural sweetness, thanks to fresh carrots, pineapple juice, and a little bit of lemon. Bonus: It's packed with vitamins A and C.

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    Broiled Bok Choy with Miso Sauce

    Farmer's market finds: baby bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, honey, oranges

    When it comes to the farmer's market, go for the greens. Bok choy, also called Chinese cabbage, has a slightly sweet, mild flavor. The leaves are tender, and the stems stay crisp even after cooking. Rice wine, red miso paste, ginger, and other mouthwatering flavors give this veggie an extra dose of Asian flair.

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    Smoked Salmon Quesadillas with Avocado Salsa

    Farmer's market finds: avocados, kiwi, tomatoes, green onions, limes

    Wrap up salmon with the season's freshest veggies, and add a touch of citrus, too. Pile on some colorful avocado salsa for a perfect summer dinner idea. Best of all? You can find almost every ingredient at your local farmer's market!

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    Classic Potato Salad

    Farmer's market finds: potatoes, celery, onions, lettuce

    You can't go wrong if you stick to the basics in our traditional potato salad recipe. This one has everything you'd expect: hard-cooked eggs, sweet pickles, and a creamy dressing.

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    Cream of Fennel and Potato Soup

    Farmer's market finds: fennel, onions, potatoes, thyme

    Don't be fooled by the creamy appearance and texture. This soup is all about the produce! At its base is fresh potato, fennel, and onion pureed with milk to a comforting creamy soup consistency. It's perfect for your early fall farmer's market finds.

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    Stuffed Mushrooms with Lemon-Pea Hummus

    Farmer's market finds: mushrooms, peas, lemons, mint, garlic

    Serve these stuffed mushroom caps as an adorable appetizer recipe or an impressive side dish. A hummus made of peas, lemon, garlic, and mint makes an unforgettable filling.

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    Garden Veggie Subs

    Farmer's market finds: carrots, lemons, roma tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, radishes, baby salad greens

    Busy summer schedule? Pack up this loaded garden veggie sub, complete with a creamy lemon-infused spread, and enjoy an easy lunch that's ready when you are.

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    One-Pot Green Beans Nicoise

    Farmer's market finds: potatoes, shallots, green beans, tomatoes, parsley

    Combine farmer's market green beans, grape tomatoes, and tiny new potatoes in a nutrient-packed vegetable side-dish recipe. A light dressing of oil, lemon juice, and fresh herb amps up the flavor, making it a cinch to enjoy eating your veggies.

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    Kiwi-Pineapple Smoothies

    Farmer's market finds: baby spinach, kiwi, bananas, pineapples

    Whip up a smoothie surprise: spinach! This antioxidant-rich green pairs easily with icy-cold kiwi, banana, and pineapple. The beauty of this healthy smoothie recipe? You're sneaking in a serving of fruits and veggies with every sip!

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    Blueberry-Cream Biscuits with Blueberry Sauce

    Farmer's market find: blueberries

    Blueberry-lovers, rejoice! These hearty, not-too-sweet biscuits are a delightful breakfast dish, but they work just as well for brunch or as an anytime snack. We dare you to stop at just one rich blueberry-topped biscuit.

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    Farmer's Market Grilled Cheese

    Farmer's market finds: spinach, zucchini, tomatoes

    Grilled fresh sourdough piled high with thinly sliced zucchini, creamy garlic-and-herb goat cheese, and a layer of garlicky mayo can mean only one thing: You're in veggie sandwich heaven.

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    Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta

    Farmer's market finds: blackberries, red onions, mint, lemons

    Fresh blackberries and super simple pickled onions are paired with creamy feta and a hint of mint for one amazingly tasty and totally different salad that's sure to be the talk of your next get-together.

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    Artichoke Flatbread

    Farmer's market finds: spinach, tomatoes

    Crunchy wheat flatbread, creamy garlic-and-herb goat cheese, savory artichoke hearts, and a pile of veggies come together for a simple, fresh, summery pizza.

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    Strawberry-Raspberry-Rhubarb Crumble

    Farmer's market finds: rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries

    This bubbly three-fruit dessert, complete with a crunchy almond topper, is just begging to be paired with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream or creme fraiche.

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    Spicy Skirt Steak with Avocado Dipping Sauce

    Farmer's market finds: cucumbers, avocados, limes, dill

    Heat things up at the grill with our spicy steak rub. Then delight your taste buds with a creamy avocado dipping sauce and an easy, cool-as-a-cucumber salad.

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    Peach Crisp

    Farmer's market find: peaches

    What makes this juicy peach dessert so irresistible? Its crushed brown sugar and graham cracker topping over honey-drizzled peaches is a good start. And, of course, a scoop of vanilla ice cream doesn't hurt.

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    English Muffin and Asparagus Bake

    Farmer's market finds: asparagus, sweet peppers, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, basil

    Get creative with leftover English muffins by using them in our simple veggie-packed egg bake. With a touch of basil and loads of sweet peppers and asparagus, this easy dish works for brunch or as a light summer dinner.

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    Chicken-Berry Salad

    Farmer's market finds: blackberries, lemons, limes, basil

    Citrus-marinated grilled chicken atop leafy greens with juicy berries and an easy blackberry vinaigrette make for an irresistibly fresh summer salad.

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    Fresh Corn-Rice Salad

    Farmer's market finds: cherry tomatoes, arugula, red onions, jalapeno peppers

    Top fluffy rice with cooked corn, fresh tomatoes, and jalapeno slices for a spicy, hearty salad that's quick, easy, and perfect for a crowd.

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    Ham, Asparagus, and Cheese Strata

    Farmer's market finds: asparagus, green onions

    Serve our make-ahead brunch bake that's as easy as it is elegant. Packed with fresh asparagus and savory ham and cheese, this strata recipe is a delicious start to your day.

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    Lemon-Basil Pasta

    Farmer's market finds: basil, lemons

    This fresh five-ingredient summer pasta toss has a healthy dose of lemony zing that's complemented by sweet basil and hearty cannellini beans.

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    Chicken with Summer Squash

    Farmer's market finds: summer squash, cherry tomatoes, arugula

    Deli-roasted chicken is the shortcut in this quick and easy summer meal. Summer squash, fresh tomatoes, and arugula add bright color and flavor to this simple chicken dish.

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    Chicken- and Tomato-Stuffed Zucchini

    Farmer's market finds: zucchini, sweet peppers, summer squash, tomatoes

    Overdid it at the farmer's market? We've been there. Use up your zucchini and other produce in this tasty, versatile dish. Cooked chicken or turkey pairs with your choice of summer veggies in hollowed-out zucchini boats for a fun and flavorful dinner idea.

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    Garden Salsa Jam

    Farmer's market finds: tomatoes, onions, cilantro, limes

    Turn farmer's market produce into a sweet and savory salsa that can be frozen for up to 3 months. The secret to its tart flavor? Nopalitos, or canned marinated cactus, which can be found in the Mexican aisle at supermarkets or specialty food stores.

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