5 Farm-to-Table Recipe Ideas to Make With Your Farmers’ Market Produce

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A reusable bag lies on a white surface with lemons and seasonal fruit inside
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Originally published in May 2021

This week, our local farmers’ market opened, and I was giddy, to say the least. Maybe it’s the fact that we spent the last year (plus) avoiding all the things or the fact that it’s finally warm enough to enjoy some semblance of normalcy again. Either way, the moment I saw those green-tented stands lining our local park, my wheels started spinning when it came to all the yummy, produce-rich farmers’ market recipes I would be making.

As someone who primarily eats plant-based (or tries to, anyway!) I love a good farmers’ market. (Plus, I appreciate supporting small family farms and sustainable practices while I’m at it!) On this week’s shopping trip, I had my eye on seasonal vegetables like asparagus, artichokes, and spinach (AKA all the greens!), as well as sweeter additions like cherries, blueberries, and rhubarb.

Inspired by this produce, I’m sharing five simple spring farmers’ market recipes to add to your recipe docket.

1. Almond Arugula Pesto Bowls

Farmers' Market Recipes: Almond Arugula Pesto Bowls
Photo by Hugh Forte for Sprouted Kitchen

By Sara Forte for Sprouted Kitchen

I’m a BIG fan of bowls. Spending the last year working from home, I’d use my lunch hour to craft the perfect compilation of grains, veggies, and toppings that were not only nutritious but yummy (which is key!). The moment I saw this delicious, gluten-free creation complete with a variety of in-season veggies, I knew where my latest farmers’ market haul would go.

Even better, this recipe can be tailored to the ingredients you have on hand, as well as for any dietary preferences. Have some eggs on hand? Throw a poached one on top! Need to use the rest of your arugula? Add it in as well. The options are endless when it comes to building a beautiful bowl you’ll want to eat over and over.

2. Spinach and Artichoke Pizza

Spinach and Artichoke Pizza
Photo by Lindsay Ostrom for Pinch Of Yum

By Lindsay Ostrom for Pinch Of Yum

Hi, perfect date night recipe! Elevate your go-to Margherita pizza with something a little more spring-friendly. Author Lindsay Ostrom leans on seasonal veggies—spinach and artichoke—in this dish for a recipe so delicious, she claims it’s on repeat in her kitchen. Bonus! It only takes twenty minutes to create. Yes, please!

3. Spring Niçoise Salad

Farmer's Market Recipes: Spring Niçoise Salad
Photo by Jessica Merchant for How Sweet Eats

By Jessica Merchant for How Sweet Eats

A Niçoise salad, but make it spring. I love this French-inspired dish that works great as a main or hearty side dish for brunch, lunch, or dinner! What sets this recipe apart from traditional ones is it’s loaded with spring veggies like green beans, asparagus, potatoes, and radishes. Add classic toppings like fresh dill, olive oil, and hard-boiled eggs to the platter and you’ve got a produce party with tons of flavor that’ll please every hungry eater. (Spoiler alert: Just wait until you bite into that texture!)

4. Spring Vegetable Pasta

Farmers' Market Recipes: Spring Vegetable Pasta
Photo by Lexi Harrison for Crowded Kitchen

By Lexi Harrison for Crowded Kitchen

What’s a recipe round-up without a pasta feature? This mother-daughter duo is back with a drool-worthy dish that perfectly nods to the season. In addition to comforting carbs, you’ll find leeks, asparagus, and peas, all doused in a lemony white wine sauce and topped off with breadcrumbs. With a spoonful of produce in each bite, this pasta is light and warm weather-approved. Also, it’s vegan!

5. Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler Recipe
Photo by Jocelyn Delk Adams for Grandbaby Cakes

By Jocelyn Delk Adams for Grandbaby Cakes

And for our grand finale, we have this decadent treat. I constantly crave cobbler for its flakey, no-fuss crust and gooey, fruity interior. As for this recipe, the creator, Jocelyn, had me once she said it only took three simple steps to make. Simply prep the blueberries, layer on the no-prep topping, and put it in the oven to bake! If you were looking for the perfect excuse to use all those fresh and frozen berries taking over your market, this is it!

BY Sarah Schuh - May 10, 2024


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