Farmers Market Recipes

English Muffin and Asparagus Bake
All 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.

Mexican Fruit Cups with Honey-Lime Syrup

Farmers market finds: pineapple, papaya, strawberries, honey, cilantro

The honey-lime syrup perfectly complements the pineapple, papaya, and strawberries—but honestly, you could drizzle this syrup on any fresh fruit.

Chicken with Apple-Vegetable Slaw Stir-Fry

Farmers market finds: garlic, mushrooms, shallot, cabbage, asparagus, apple, cilantro

We're always up for a good stir-fry, and with tart apple slices and veggies, this one's ready to impress. Almost half the ingredients can be bought at the farmers market!

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 candy-sweet sweet corn cobs that are fresh from the farmer's stand. Pair the fresh kernels with juicy, ripe tomatoes, sweet peppers, and strips of thinly sliced steak.

Linguine with Fresh Veggies

Farmers market finds: asparagus, tomatoes, basil

This dish satisfies all your texture cravings in one hearty meal—it's packed with plenty of crunch, tang, and chew. 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.

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.

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 market that sells fresh fish, this is definitely the recipe for you. Even if you don't, store-bought salmon gets an upgrade, thanks to all the fresh veggies and spices.

Simple Kale Daiquiris

Farmers market finds: baby kale

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

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 taters in rich, creamy broth—and don't forget about the caramelized shallots!

Chicken and Vegetable Saute

Farmers market finds: broccoli, carrots, red onion, lemon

Sauteed chicken and veggies taste so much better when the veggies are fresh from the farmers market. This easy dinner recipe is ready in just about 30 minutes.

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 of them into this delectable pie jazzed up with a layer of semisweet chocolate and a sour cream cookie crust.

Peach and Blackberry Slaw

Farmers 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.

Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa and Spinach

Farmers market finds: onions, mushrooms, fresh spinach, red sweet peppers

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

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 both hearty and light.

Avocado and Asparagus Egg Sandwiches

Farmers 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.

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.

Strawberry Margarita

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

Farmers market finds: tomatoes, red onions

Need a quick salad idea? This beautiful four-ingredient 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.

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.

Raspberry Croissant Sandwich

Farmers market finds: raspberries, bananas, mangoes, honey

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

Bison-Zucchini Burgers

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.

Rosemary-Strawberry Shortcake Pizza

Farmers 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.

Overnight Cucumber Pickles

Farmers market finds: cucumbers, fennel

Forget store-bought pickles and 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.

Grilled Vegetable Torte

Farmers market finds: sweet peppers, portobello mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, cherry tomatoes

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

Carrot Lemonade

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. Best of all? 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-cooked eggs, sweet pickles, and a creamy dressing.

Cream of Fennel and Potato Soup

Farmers 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 consistency. It's perfect for your early fall farmers market finds.

Stuffed Mushrooms with Lemon-Pea Hummus

Farmers market finds: mushrooms, peas, lemons, mint, garlic

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

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.

One-Pot Green Beans Nicoise

Farmers market finds: potatoes, shallots, green beans, tomatoes, parsley

Combine farmers 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.

Kiwi-Pineapple Smoothies

Farmers 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!

Blueberry-Cream Biscuits with Blueberry Sauce

Farmers 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.

Farmers Market Grilled Cheese

Farmers 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 will put you in veggie sandwich heaven!

Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta

Farmers market finds: blackberries, red onions, mint, lemons

Fresh blackberries and simple pickled onions pair 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.

Artichoke Flatbread

Farmers 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.

Strawberry-Raspberry-Rhubarb Crumble

Farmers 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.

Honey-Hoisin Sweet Potatoes

Farmers market finds: honey, sweet potatoes, green onion, limes

These sweet and salty sweet potatoes are the perfect summer side. Plus, they take just 15 minutes of prep time before you toss 'em in the oven.

Spicy Skirt Steak with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Farmers 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.

Peach Crisp

Farmers 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.

Ham, Asparagus, and Cheese Strata

Farmers market finds: asparagus, green onions

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

Chicken-Berry Salad

Farmers market finds: blackberries, lemons, limes, basil

Citrus-marinated grilled chicken atop leafy greens with juicy berries and an easy blackberry vinaigrette come together in this irresistible fresh summer salad.

Fresh Corn-Rice Salad

Farmers 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.

Lemon-Basil Pasta

Farmers 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.

Chicken with Summer Squash

Farmers 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.

Chicken- and Tomato-Stuffed Zucchini

Farmers market finds: zucchini, sweet peppers, summer squash, tomatoes

Overdid it at the farmers 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.

Garden Salsa Jam

Farmers market finds: tomatoes, onions, cilantro, limes

Turn farmers 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.

Cauliflower-Sauced Chicken Skillet

Farmers market finds: cauliflower, shallot, asparagus, thyme, garlic

A simple but delicious chicken and cauliflower skillet tastes so much better with fresh ingredients. If there's a cheese vendor at your market, pick up some Parmigiano-Reggiano for the cauliflower sauce.

Peach-Honey Butter

Farmers market finds: peaches, honey

With water and sugar on hand, all you need are peaches and honey from the farmers market, and you'll have all the ingredients you need for this homemade honey butter.

English Muffin and Asparagus Bake

Farmers market finds: asparagus, sweet peppers, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, basil

Get creative with leftover English muffins and use 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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