6 Top Summertime Farmers Market Finds
Summer has arrived. With it comes an abundance of fresh produce at your local farmers market. Julie Holbrook, a registered dietitian with Centegra Healthy Living Institute, shares her personal tips on the six kinds of produce she searches for when shopping at area farmers markets.
- Berries – This is the season to look for succulent strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. You can add them to cereal, yogurt or smoothies. “Also, serve them sliced over angel food cake or low-fat ice cream,” Holbrook said.
- Corn – Holbrook suggests buying corn in peak season, which usually is August, then freeze it and use in the winter months for soups and side dishes.
- “If you purchase a sweet variety of corn, enjoy it now by boiling it or grilling it in the husk with a little butter or olive oil,” Holbrook said.
- Tomatoes – You can eat a fresh tomato by itself. Just serve with flavorful olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and fresh basil. The other option is to slice a tomato and place it in sandwiches, wraps or toss into salads.
- Herbs such as basil, chives and dill – Holbrook suggests making various pesto recipes and freeze them for use in the winter. She also recommends freezing or drying leftover herbs for later use.
- Summer squash – Spiralize zucchini for a low-calorie zoodle dish. A vegetable spiralizer is a kitchen tool that turns fresh veggies into faux noodles. Another option Holbrook offers is to slice zucchini into rounds and saute with olive oil and garlic. Then top with Parmesan cheese.
- Peppers – When buying bell peppers look for thick, firm and bright glossy skin. Avoid peppers that are shriveled or have soft spots. Slice peppers into strips and use in stir-fries and fajitas. In addition, you can cut the tops off and stuff with couscous, mushrooms, tomatoes and spices.