Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Farmer's Market Finds and a Recipe for Garlic Green Beans!

Hi Friends:

We're well into July and I have a serious case of summer love...for farmer's markets! What's the big draw you ask? Read on.

  • Fruits and veggies are usually only hours from the fields and often organic.
  • I can support local farmers.
  • It's good for the environment as there is no packaging and shipping saving natural resources.
  • Inspiration! I can try new foods and find new cooking ideas.
  • There's more than fruit and veggies available; many markets have eggs, meats, baked goods, jams, flowers and even crafts.
  • It's a great way to connect with the community.
  • And the number 1 reason: TASTE! Eating seasonally offers the freshest, truest flavors.
With that said, take a look at some recent offerings at my local market:
cherries and blueberries
green garlic
beets (Yes, I like them!)
fresh bread
mushrooms galore!
pattypan squash
Time for a crepe break!
I couldn't pass up the fresh green beans and here's how I intend to use them:

Sauteed Garlic Green Beans (for two)

1/2 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
salt and pepper to taste

In a 12 inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add green beans, season with salt and pepper and cook tossing occasionally until spotty brown, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic; toss and cook for an additional minute.
Add water and continue to cook until water has evaporated and beans are bright green but still crisp. Add soy sauce and toss to coat cooking for another minute or two.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

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If you've never been to a farmer's market, here's a few tips: bring a big bag for your purchases, go early for the best selection, cash is best and don't be afraid to ask for a taste or suggestions on how to use a food! What's your favorite farmer's market find?

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