Farmers Market Menu RecipesCreating a Farmers Market Menu is all about using fresh ingredients. Start this culinary adventure by finding your local Farmers Market. Many of these events don't start until May, but they are well worth the wait. A trip to the Farmers Market is more like an adventure into the agricultural community of your area than a grocery shopping trip, so make sure to come with a good attitude and the desire to learn about the locally grown and made products. Your menu will be shaped by what is available at the Farmers Market, but it is sure to be fresh. Here are a few ideas for how to use some delicious fresh produce that you can get at your local Farmers Market.
New Potatoes and Peas
You will need:
1 1/2 lbs small new potatoes, washed and left whole
2 cups shelled fresh peas
6 tbsp butter
6 tbsp flour
2 1/2 cups whole milk
Salt and white pepper to taste
Start by cooking the potatoes until they are tender about ten minutes. About a minute before you take out the potatoes, add the peas, until they are just warm, but not cooked.
While you are cooking the potatoes, make the white sauce. Put the butter in a large sauce pan and then add the flour when the butter is melted, stirring constantly. When the flour is browned slowly add the milk. You can use whole milk for a rich flavor, or you can use lower fat milk if you prefer. As you add the milk continue to stir, making sure there are no flour lumps. Season the white sauce with salt and white pepper.
When the white sauce is finished add the cooked potatoes and peas to the sauce. The warm sauce will continue to cook the peas.
Spring Greens Salad
One of the easiest and tastiest dishes you can make from the fresh produce at the Farmers Market is a fresh spring greens salad. As you walk through the Farmers Market you can look for some nice fresh spring greens. Get a bag of these fresh greens, and anything else that sounds tasty for your salad. You may also find some creative locally made salad dressings.
Wash your greens and slice any of the other ingredients, dress with your newly found salad dressing and serve fresh.