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What to Buy at the Farmers’ Market: Peaches

A sunny day at the farmers’ market isn’t complete without the purchase of one thing: succulent, juicy, fragrant peaches. Peaches and nectarines are best in the high heat of summer, when you can shamelessly let the juices run down your chin. But when you’re not biting into one of these golden balls of sunshine, there are plenty of ways to cook with them while staying true to the season. So pick up a bag of your favorite peaches and try some of these recipes at home:

No-Cook Peach Gazpacho

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What to Buy at the Farmers’ Market: Strawberries

It’s strawberry season, ya’ll! And that means plenty of pies, trifles and parfaits are in order, but did you know there are lots of savory recipes that contain strawberries, too? While you’re at the farmers’ market this weekend, pick up a carton or two of fresh berries… you’ll need the extras to snack on while you’re cooking!

 

Look for berries that are bright, firm and shiny with fresh green caps still in tact. Take a whiff to make sure they smell, well, like strawberries! Opposed to other produce, you do not want to wash or cut strawberries before you are ready to use them. A wet strawberry turns into a spoiled strawberry very quickly!

 

Although strawberries are available year round, unless you’re in California or Florida, they aren’t going to be as fresh before June or after August, so buy your local strawberries while you still can!

 

Here are some recipes that utilize strawberries, from main ingredient to accent note, and from dinner and drinks to dessert!

 

Grilled Halibut with Strawberry Salad

Strawberry Salsa

Angel-Berry Parfaits

Strawberry Margarita

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Farmers Market Ideas: Ramps

If you’ve made a visit to the farmers market within the last two months, you may have noticed an influx of a scallion-looking vegetable called a ramp. These spring onions have gained some serious popularity within the last few years, and for good reason: their strong flavor of garlic and onion is rich and enticing, and keep any spring dish tasting fresh and flavorful. Though they are also known as wild leeks, ramps are more similar in taste, texture and cooking method to scallions. Due to their potent flavor, though, you can use less of a ramp to add flavor to a dish than you would need of  a scallion, leek or chive.

 

Can’t find a recipe that calls for ramps? Here are some good substitutions:

 

Blend them into pesto with pasta

 

Chop up the greens for hush puppies

 

Fold them into a goat cheese tart

 
 

Just remember! Ramps are only in season until early spring, so get ‘em while you still can!

 
 
 

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