And, if you are inspired by the farmers market finds below, take a minute to visit the Mass Farmers Market website to find a market near you. You can also donate to Mass Farmers Markets. The organization’s donation link is http://www.massfarmersmarkets.org/FMFM_Main.aspx.
Thanks to In Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens for hosting this locally fabulous blogathon!
Now for the farmers market goodness! But first, a question. Which is correct:
or Farmers Market
I'll share my preference in my next post. Now on to the food!
Summer Salad: Farmers' Market Bounty
This salad features a wealth of ingredients from my go-to market vendors, Atlas Farms, Siena Farm, and the Herb Lyceum. A perfect way to show off the local bounty!
Summery Pasta Salad
A perfect salad for a potluck. Fresh golden beets, purple scallions, and fresh herbs. Your guests are sure to enjoy this healthy (and mayo-free) salad. They might even lick the bowl clean...
Market Review: Copley Square Farmers Market
This is my regular weekday market. I visit them either Tuesday or Friday every week from June - November. Since they stay open all the way until Thanksgiving I can stock up for all of the holidays. This is a recap of my first visit this season. You can also read about some of the fabulous vendors in my article on Local In Season. Don't miss Seta's Mediterranean Foods - her food is delicious and she is delightful.
Local Squash - Delicious Pies
Here's an example of why I love being able to get produce year-round from local farmers. This is my first attempt at a homemade pumpkin/squash pie. After I tried this out, I stocked up on more squash for a Thanksgiving pie that I'm still drooling over and my relatives keep asking about. Read about that pie over at Local in Season.
Potato Leek Soup
I challenge myself to buy a new-to-me item at the farmers market during each visit. It can be something I've never eaten, never cooked, or a new variety of an old favorite. Before this visit I had never cooked leeks. Inspired by the awful leek cooking on Top Chef, I decided I could definitely do better.
Watermelon Radishes and Bonus Corn
On the train home on a regular commute, I found a bag of fresh local corn that someone had forgotten to take home. Sad for them, great for me! It was a great grilled side dish to burgers and a watermelon radish salad.
Favorite Fall Muffins: Local Apples
These are my favorite muffins. And its also my favorite cake. Any shape you make it, these apple kugel muffins deliver great flavor. What puts them up in the flavor hall-of-fame is the combination of fresh local apples, almond extract, and cinnamon.
Farmers Market Lunch...and Snack...and More
Here's a delicious look at some of my regular purchases from the Copley Market. Sadly, the Nantucket Wild smoked fish vendor isn't there this year, but you can find them at the South End Open Market (SoWa) on Sundays. I am ahead a few Goat Cheese Picnic coupons if anyone wants to meet for lunch!
|Local in Season at the Roslindale Farmers Market|
If you are local for information on all foods local - visit Local in Season. The site is a great resource for where to find local food, what to do with when you get it, or where to eat out and have someone else cook it for you! Here are a few of my farmer's market posts over on LIS:
Vic Torrito: The Pasta Man at the Russell's Garden Center Winter Market; Wayland, MA
Winter Local: A trip to the Natick Winter Market
Local Veal and other Winter Market Finds
The Market: Not Just for Produce
Brisket: Just Add Smoke; Russell's Garden Center Summer Market
I could recap almost my entire blog in this post - there is a local food in almost everything. I hope this inspires you to get out and explore the wonderful resources in your area. Get to know your neighborhood and your farmers. I guarantee the food will taste better when you know where it comes from.