Farmers Market Recipes That Highlight Fresh Produce
Mexican Fruit Cups with Honey-Lime Syrup
Farmers market finds: pineapple, papaya, strawberries, honey, cilantro
The honey-lime syrup perfectly complements pineapple, papaya, and strawberries—but honestly, you could drizzle this syrup on any fresh fruit. So if you live somewhere that doesn't have a lot of tropical offerings available at the market, swap in any farmers market fruit you can find.
Chicken with Apple-Vegetable Slaw Stir-Fry
Grilled Flank Steak Salad
Farmers market finds: yellow or red sweet peppers, sweet corn, green onions, romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, shallots, cilantro
It's hard to beat sweet corn from the farmer's stand. Pair the fresh kernels with juicy, ripe tomatoes; sweet peppers; and strips of thinly sliced steak. The result is a garden-fresh salad that's still hearty enough for dinner.
Summer Bean Soup
Farmers market finds: leeks, zucchini, tomatoes, Swiss chard, basil
Pack all of your summer favorites into this farmers market dinner recipe. We know soup is traditionally a cold-weather dish, but it's fresh enough for summer thanks to all of the farmers market goodies in each spoonful. For added heartiness, stir in 2 cups of your favorite fresh beans.
Cherry Honeycomb Cobbler
Farmers market finds: thyme, honey, oranges, cherries
Honeycomb cookies top baked cherries in this simple and sweet (but not too sweet!) cobbler. The 9 cups of fresh cherries are the real star in this farmers market dessert. Make them more indulgent by serving with a scoop of ice cream on top.
Roasted Salmon with Broccoli and Tomatoes
Farmers market finds: dried oregano, cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets, garlic, lemon, basil, parsley, honey
If you're lucky enough to have a farmers market that sells fresh fish, this is definitely the recipe for you. Even store-bought salmon gets an upgrade in this sheet-pan dinner thanks to all the fresh veggies and spices.
Simple Kale Daiquiris
New Potato Chicken Soup
Farmers 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 potatoes in a rich, creamy broth—and don't forget about the caramelized shallots! If you want to make your bowl of soup more decadent, try adding a few crumbles of goat cheese on top (which you might also find at the market).
Chicken and Vegetable Sauté
Farmers market finds: broccoli, carrots, red onion, lemon
Sautéed chicken and veggies taste so much better when the veggies are fresh from the farmers market. And this easy dinner recipe will be ready to eat in just 30 minutes—even quicker than your trip to the market.
Blueberry-Chocolate Pie with Cookie Crust
Farmers market finds: blueberries
Found a bounty of blueberries at the farmers market? You're in luck! Pile 6 cups (yeah, 6 cups!) of them into this fruit pie jazzed up with a layer of semisweet chocolate and a sour cream cookie crust. The sheer amount of fruit makes this one of our favorite fresh blueberry recipes to make whenever we can find a big carton of them.
Smashed Peach and Poblano Grilled Cheese
Farmers market finds: peaches, poblano pepper
Peaches on grilled cheese? Yes, please! Sweet peaches, mild poblanos, spicy ground chile pepper, and sharp white cheddar cheese blend into one utterly delicious, gourmet sandwich. If local bakers have stands at your farmers market, pick up the sourdough bread there, too!
Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa and Spinach
Roasted Root Vegetable and Romaine Salad
Farmers market finds: beets, carrots, shallots, thyme, honey, garlic, romaine, parsley
As summer wanes and the farmers market transitions to local fall ingredients, put root vegetables to good use in this side-dish salad. Roasting veggies brings out their rich, sweet flavors, and creates a salad that's hearty but not heavy.
Avocado and Asparagus Egg Sandwiches
Farmers market finds: asparagus, avocados, limes
This farmers market recipe will help tempt you out of bed with its bright, fresh flavors. 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.
Korean-Style Chili-Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry
Farmers market finds: ginger, garlic, honey, green beans, red sweet pepper, onion, cabbage, carrot
Top chili-garlic chicken with quick-pickled (done in about an hour) veggies in this Korean-style stir-fry. Though the pickled veggies are speedy, you can preserve them with a slower pickling or fermenting process if you want to save your farmers market vegetables for later.
Farmers 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. (Don't forget to sugar the rim!)
Tomato and Red Onion Salad
Peppered Kale Chips
Farmers 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. If you're looking for farmers market vegetable recipes that let your finds shine, it doesn't get much better than this simple kale recipe.
Apricot Skillet Pie
Farmers market finds: apricots, tart red cherries
Apricots and cherries give this skillet pie recipe a delicious blend of sweet and tart flavors (not to mention gorgeous colors). When you get home from the market, use puff pastry to speed the process of making this indulgent farmers market dessert.
Farmers market finds: zucchini, onions, basil
Sure, this healthy recipe is all about the burger. But we top it with fresh farmers market zucchini ribbons, and we even hid some chopped zucchini and onion in the meat patty to use up those market goodies. If you picked up a few tomatoes, add a slice on top.
Rosemary-Strawberry Shortcake Pizza
Farmers market finds: strawberries, rosemary, honey
Bake or grill this simple shortcake dough that packs an unexpected herby flavor boost from rosemary. A drizzle of honey and the quick addition of fresh strawberries and whipped cream make it an elegant dessert for any summer gathering. It's one of the best farmers market recipes to serve at a cookout (if you ask us) because you've already got the grill going.
Overnight Cucumber Pickles
Farmers market finds: cucumbers, fennel
Forget store-bought pickles! Create a tangy batch of your own using market-fresh veggies. Before soaking, chilling, and sealing in a vinegar-filled jar, toss in a few fennel seeds and celery seeds to give this cucumber relish some juicy bite.
Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salad
Farmers market finds: corn, cherry tomatoes, red onion, basil, mint
After making a trip to the market, pile your gorgeous farmers market vegetables and herbs into this easy bean salad. If you think this salad recipe is tempting just from looking at it, wait until you taste the combo of juicy cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, and tangy red onion doused in a simple vinaigrette.
Farmers 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.
Broiled Bok Choy with Miso Sauce
Farmers market finds: baby bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, honey, oranges
When it comes to the farmers 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.
Smoked Salmon Quesadillas with Avocado Salsa
Farmers 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. You can find almost every ingredient at your local farmers market.
Classic Potato Salad
Farmers 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-boiled eggs, sweet pickles, and a creamy dressing. Perking it up with farmers market veggies gives it a definite boost over purchased potato salad.
Kale, Fennel, and Roasted Delicata Salad
Farmers market finds: delicata squash, kale, fennel
When you're ready to transition from summer to fall farmers market recipes, put this dish at the top of your list. Roasting delicata squash (and the seeds) makes it tender, and serving it on a bed of fresh curly kale and sliced fennel adds more fresh fall flavor.
Stuffed Mushrooms with Lemon-Pea Hummus
Garden Veggie Subs
Farmers 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. You don't need to add meat to make this farmers market vegetable recipe delicious, but if you want extra protein, you could layer in slices of deli turkey or ham.
Zucchini-Chorizo Sweet Corn Bake
Farmers market finds: zucchini, sweet corn
Fresh zucchini and ears of sweet corn are always in abundance at farmers markets, particularly as summer starts to wind down. Use these two favorites to make a farmers market dinner recipe filled with chorizo and veggies and topped with tons of cheese. You'll have no problem convincing everyone at your table to eat their vegetables.