Try these Spring farmer’s market recipes for bountiful meals this season.
Spring is the beginning of Farmer’s Market season…. We can start to take our leisurely time perusing the fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, cheeses, and baked goods sold farm-fresh.
Did you know that the food you buy from the grocery store travels about an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate? Why even bother, when you can find the best seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other products from the farmers market – which give you the best flavors and only travel a couple of miles to land in your home.
Making farmer’s market food even better is that it’s just so fresh, and it’s usually sold at a lower price because it does not go through many vendors. Shopping at a farmers market helps small farmers and businesses sell their products and meet the growing demand for locally produced food. To help convince you even further why shopping your local farmer’s markets is a great idea, I’m going to introduce you to some great Spring farmers market recipes.
Miso Polenta with Spring Vegetables and Tofu
In case you don’t know what polenta is, it is a cornmeal porridge – a common dish in Northern Italy. Miso Polenta is an Asian-Italian fusion dish, which is stir-fried spring vegetables laid over miso polenta. Spring vegetables used for this dish are tofu, shiitake mushrooms, spring onions, scallions, garlics, asparagus, and sesame seeds.
Instapot Egg Bites
Instapot egg bites are a quick and easy recipe – perfect as a breakfast or snack. It gives a soft, fluffy texture with so much flavor inside. Whipping the egg whites and using an Instapot to make it moist are the key to this melt-in-your-mouth texture. You only need a few ingredients: egg whites, roasted red peppers, spinach, and salt.
If Winter is a season of stews, Spring is a season of soups. This green minestrone is made of various vegetables and is full of texture. Green minestrone is made with fennel seeds, coriander seeds, leek, fennel, cannellini beans, sugar snap peas, baby spinach, shelled English peas, and white miso. It truly is a warm, flavorful soup with a slight citrus tangy-ness on the tip of your tongue
Spring Rolls with Creamy Tahini Sauce
Wrap all your favorite spring vegetables into a roll and dip it into the creamy tahini sauce. This recipe is customizable, where you can switch the vegetables to your favorite ones. It is always good to have differently-textured vegetables in the spring roll, like crunchy red cabbage and soft, butter lettuce. You will need different kinds of vegetables and rice paper wrappers to make the rolls and some tahini, lemon juice, mustard, honey, and olive oil to make the dipping sauce.
Fresh Fruit-Custard Tart
Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring and early summer, so let’s make a fresh fruit-custard tart for dessert! A custard tart made full of fresh berries is worth the effort. This dessert takes quite some time to make, but I guarantee your friends and family are going to ask for more. You will need fresh berries, eggs, apple jelly, and basic baking ingredients to make this delicious tart.