Farmers Market Fresh

I was recently selected to participate in the Foodbuzz and Frigidaire Farm Fresh Tastemaker Program which advocates eating fresh this summer.  That’s easy. I do it all year round.  Frigidaire also has the Frigidaire Kids’ Cooking Academy where children are taught the important and values of eating fresh foods.

I was asked to go to my local farmers market and post about my experience.

Here are some of my favorite images from the day

MY OTHER RECIPES

Don’t be afraid of beets. They are amazing. Please try my recipe for Caramelized Ginger & Olive Oil Roasted Beets before you rule out beets.  Nature’s candy vegetable, promise.

And I have a recipe for Roasted Peanut Butter Coconut Ginger Carrots that you could make with these gems

Blueberries!  Try a Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cake

Locally made sprouted hummus.  Just make your own though.

My vegan, 1 minute, 4 ingredient hummus recipe is here.

The mango man

Handing out samples of his fresh, locally grown mangoes

Wonder if I could make No Bake White Chocolate & Mango Cookie Dough Bites with those mangoes?

Mr. Hippie drinking coconut water straight from the tap

I love coconut water and use it to make my homemade, vegan, easy, coutertop coconut milk kefir

Rainbow Chard and Eating the Rainbow Recipes

Locally grown California almonds

Pricey little buggers, though.

You can’t beat a container of oranges or limes for a buck.  You can’t even buy a pack of gum for a buck anymore.

Red peppers.  Make “Spicy Doritos” Cheezy Dip

Juices and fresh horchata (which is the best horchata I have ever had) from the juice ladies.

I mean, how could you go wrong with hibiscus juice or watermelon juice or fresh pineapple juice!

They have the best fruit salads, too.

Every blogger loves their sweet taters.

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries are calling my name

And the flowers are always so beautiful at the market.

If you’ve missed my previous posts about the farmers market and various locally grown food, there’s:

Farmers Market Trip on my Birthday (tons of pictures)

Blue Artichokes & Blue Food & Recipes

Mushrooms & Mushroom Recipes

Yellow Calla Lilies

I’m glad you enjoyed my last post, Fireworks & Food, and it was fun to hear what you did over the weekend and whether you’re a fan of fireworks, or not so much.

Questions:

1. Do you have a farmers market?  Have you been recently?  What fresh goodies did you buy and do you get as excited by seeing all the fresh fruits, veggies, plants and locally grown or locally made foods as I do?

I have also discussed how farmers markets are not necessarily cheaper than shopping in the grocery store, and often times are more expensive , but there are other benefits and advantages to them and to supporting them.

I just love the farmers market and get so excited seeing fresh flowers, and fresh, real, locally grown food.  It just gives me a sense of joy to see all those plants and the bounty of nature in full abundance!

2. What have you cooked lately that’s full of plant-based goodness?  Any veggie-heavy dishes or great ways you’ve been using fruit?

Does mixed berry clafoutis count as a way to cook with fruit?

Have a great day!

52 comments on “Farmers Market Fresh”

  1. Avery, your photos are beautiful! You have such talent! The colors really pop!
    I love the farmers market! I love to support the local growers but I do agree with you, it is not always cheaper.
    I take the kids I nanny to the FM and they love it as well. I stock up on fresh fruit and veggies and they stock up on home-made muffins and cookies (I feel bad not having time to make them things myself (who would with 5 of them??) but at least I know they are coming from some ones kitchen and not a gross warehouse stocked with gross ingredients…).
    Tonight’s plant based goodness was quinoa salad with tomatoes, cuces, avocados, brussel sprouts and asparagus. Delish!!

  2. NYC doesn’t have a GREAT farmer’s market, which I find so disappointing. When I was in London we went to Borough Market, which I’d seriously like to pitch a tent in. And the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market in San Fran…I want to get back there soon!

    This morning I made bread with berries. Does that count? :)

  3. Beautiful photos! Everytime I see your farmers markets photos I really want to go to one! :)

  4. We’ve been eating lots of fruits and veggies lately, but not a whole lot of “cooking”, mostly salads, fresh fruits. Peaches, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, lettuce, tomato, cukes, radishes…

    Tonight: corn and green beans. I like the Farmer’s market. We’ve got them 6 days a week, but I haven’t been lately. The one at my son’s school is small, and the Saturday one mostly conflicts with my triathlon training.

  5. I’m jealous of your farmer’s market! We have one here in Chicago, which I’ve posted about a few times and I’m actually headed there tomorrow morning.

    Everything at the market is *required* to be local and organic, but living in the midwest does not lend itself to a wide variety of local produce. I am visiting California in a few weeks, and I’m excited to check out the farmers market when I’m there.

  6. That is one foo-foo farmer’s market!

  7. Everything looks amazing! Everything I’m cooking lately is fresh from the garden! We have zucchini, squash, peppers, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce! I’m a happy girl!

  8. Averie ~ I’m sorry that I haven’t posted for so long :( I always stop by to admire your gorgeous photos and delish recipes. I hope that you are staying strong and taking gentle care of yourself during what sounds like a stressful time.

    I love going to farmers markets for the fresh produce. I always end up buying more than I can actually eat though. Of well, better than buying too many chips and candy bars!

    Have a great night and take care! Kilee

  9. I adore farmers markets and love to support them as and when I can afford to. I used to work with them and just feel so much connection to them.

    That is the awesomest, when you’re asked to do something for a ‘job’ which is what you do anyway! That’s called living your life in the flow.
    love
    Ela

  10. I made the Khan Soba noodles from the refresh cookbook tonight, with sauteed tofu, bok choy, and shredded cabbage, and 12 ounces of brown rice pasta. It was a delicious dinner!

  11. Farmers markets are the best places to get photographs. Love these!

  12. There is a small farmer’s market near me. Nothing too fancy, but I love getting vegetables there. They taste soooo much better than the ones in the store. And they have fun things like the purple cauliflower I bought last weekend! Cauliflower is so much more fun to eat when it’s purple :)

  13. What an incredible market! Ours is quite small and is only open Wednesdays and Saturdays from about 8-12. I am going to try and make it there on Saturday! I love Farmer’s markets. The one in San Fransisco was out-of-this-world awesome!

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