If you live in a warmer region, you probably get to enjoy your local farmers market year-round, but in the Northeast the window is a bit smaller with many markets running from late Spring through early Fall.
I look forward to this time every year, as I love the outdoor farmers markets! There’s just something so fun about perusing little stands of fresh, local produce and chatting with the different vendors and farmers that source all the amazing offerings.
Here in Philadelphia, we have the Reading Terminal Market that serves as a year-round market. It’s not as wistful as some of the outdoor markets, but it’s chock-full of vendors and farmer stands and is really a site to be seen!
Early last week, I made a trip after work to explore the local produce and challenge myself to create a vegetarian dinner.
There were so many things to choose from, but I ended up grabbing a mix of ingredients to compose a delicious three-course meal:
- Feta, Spinach and Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes
- Mushroom, Asparagus, Watercress and Goat Cheese Panini
- Grilled Plums with Balsamic Glaze
All three dishes were a yummy success! The satisfaction this meatless meal provided was a pleasant surprise.
The produce was just so fresh and flavorful that dinner, and how enjoyable it was, was discussed long after it was finished.
Farmers markets do have more to offer than just fresh produce.
There’s a number of great vendors with local meat, fish, cheese and natural products (like honey and soaps) — so I really encourage you to stop by one near you and explore for yourself! It’s a fun experience, even if you don’t end up buying anything.
Here are a few links to help you find local farmers markets and events near you:
What are some of your favorite farmers market inspired dishes?