Recipes for the Farmer’s Market Summer Produce and Seasonal Eating

Dear Home-Ec 101,

It’s summertime and the local Farmer’s Market has an abundance of beautiful fruits and veggies.

The problem is I don’t have very many “side item”/veggie/fruit recipes in my recipe repertoire, so I go to the farmer’s market, admire the selection, sniff the air, buy some peaches and tomatoes and leave with the feeling that I missed the boat. Sometimes I’ll buy the peas or butter beans and cook them in some oil and salted water & occasionally throw in some bacon, but there’s got to be some better recipes out there to help us enjoy summer’s bounty.

Can you help?
Most cookbooks find it beneath them to share those simple little recipes that just require a pat of butter and a little baking time, but I’m new to cooking and need all the help I can get.

Thanks,
Searching in Summerton

Heather says:

Here at Home-Ec 101 I’m all about the simple recipes and ideas, so your question is the perfect way to get back into Fearless Fridays (as another reader requested). Fearless Fridays are my way of encouraging myself and all of you to push your boundaries in the kitchen. I have to work this evening so tomorrow’s Fearless Friday may be posted a little later than usual if I make a go of it. (Then again, I do have a bunch of tomatoes begging to be used today so maybe it won’t be as much of a pain in the rear to get done as I thought)

To get you started though here are some simple ideas, some are simply ways to save produce for later rather than side dishes. I’ll work more on getting lots of side dishes for you over the course of this summer. What area are you in? That will help me know when your produce is coming into season

Here is a table with a bunch of ideas.

Asparagus, Grilled Baked Potatoes Baked Potato Soup
Broccoli Almond Salad Broccoli Cheddar Frittata Broccoli with Bell Pepper
Broccoli, Roasted Broccoli, Steamed Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Ginger
Brussels Sprouts, Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Butternut Squash, Savory
Butternut Squash Caprese Carrot Raisin Salad
Cauliflower Cheddar Bites Coleslaw Collard Greens
Collard Greens and Northern Beans Collard Greens, Vegetarian Style Fried Green Corn
Corn and Bean Salad Corn Chowder Corn Chowder, Gluten Free
Gazpacho Green Beans, Roasted Guacamole
Hasselback Potatoes How to Roast Potatoes Kale, Braised
Leek and Cabbage Soup Leek and Potato Soup Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Olive Tapenade Peach Salsa / Mango Salsa Peach Syrup
Pear Sauce Peas and Almonds Potato Salad
Ranch Potato Wedges Rice and Peas Roasted Vegetables
Rutabaga, Braised Rutabaga, Mashed  Slow Roasted Tomatoes
 Tomato Soup   Turnips and Rutabagas, Braised

Zucchini and squash are fantastic sliced and grilled, just brush with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Or I like to quickly saute them in a little butter, garlic, and a sprinkle with parmesan cheese

Here’s how to make vegetable foil packets for the grill, and why not try Bobbie’s two cucumber salad recipes.

Home Eccers, please feel free to share and link to your favorite sources for side dishes.

And if you have your own recipes to share, get them ready for tomorrow.



7 Comments

  1. Kris on July 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    When I go to the farmers markets, I try to make it a point to pick up something that’s outside my usual repertoire whenever possible  – either a completely new-to-us vegetable (garlic scapes, ramps, fiddlehead ferns, etc.) or just something we haven’t eaten often.  If I’m not familiar with it, or don’t know what to do with it, first I’ll ask the farmer for suggestions.  If that doesn’t help, I either do a google search or haul out my Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Vegetables cookbook (which I forget all about too often!).That said, I have far too few side dishes in my “go-to” list, too.

  2. RubyB on July 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    When the dairy farmer brings fresh eggs I make a large batch of deviled eggs by putting the cooked halved eggs in one container and the “deviled” filling in another.  That way when my family wants an egg they can fill it themselves at anytime.  This works out great for a summer snack.

  3. TheAmyTucker on July 5, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Why is your tomato pie recipe not in the list? Cause it should be. 

    • HeatherSolos on July 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

      TheAmyTucker see: Fallible Human http://www.home-ec101.com/tomato-pie-smack-your-granny-good/ and yeah, thanks for the reminder. 

      • TheAmyTucker on July 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

        HeatherSolos If my tomatoes will ever ripen, I’m making that again. Actually, even if they don’t ripen I’m still going to make it. I’ll just go buy some tomatoes at the farmer’s market. 😀

        • HeatherSolos on July 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

          TheAmyTucker Good idea, there is no reason to have summer and no tomato pie.

        • Kris on July 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

          HeatherSolos I picked my first tomatoes this weekend (grape tomatoes, but still), and The Husband just smoked TWO slabs of bacon – I am READY for some tomato pie! 

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