How To Pick, Prep, and Serve Your Farmer's Market Bounty

Shopping at your local farmer's market is a fun experience, and good for so many reasons. Surprisingly, I often find myself slightly overwhelmed by the beautiful vegetables I don't know how to cook! Here are some common farmer's market finds and how to make the most of your bounty.


PICK WISELY: The smaller the beet, the tenderer it will be. Bright greens are also better.

EASY PREP: Wrap in foil, and bake at 350¡F for 1 hour, or until tender when pricked. Rub off the skins with paper towels.

SAVE THE TOPS: Add chopped beet greens to salads, or thinly slice and garnish on soups.


PICK WISELY: Select crisp, slender pods. Avoid brown spots.

EASY PREP: Instead of snapping each bean like Grandma did, line up the pods and remove stems with a chef’s knife.

BLANCH THEM: For crisp, tender beans, blanch in boiling water 4 to 5 minutes; then plunge into an ice bath for 4 to 5 minutes more.


PICK WISELY: No matter the size, color, or shape, choose a firm eggplant with shiny skin and green top.

EASY PREP: Small, young eggplants can be used as is; larger, older ones should be peeled.

ADD A PINCH: Curb bitterness in large eggplants by sprinkling with salt. Slice, salt, and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse before cooking.


PICK WISELY: Choose plump, firm radishes with fresh green leaves. Bigger isn’t always better: The larger the radish, the less crisp it will be.

EASY PREP: Trim—doesn’t toss—leaves.  The greens are great for sautéing or garnishing dishes.

SOAK AND SERVE: Prefer extra-crunchy radishes? Soak in ice water before serving.

Article courtesy of Southern Living 

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