Do you ever get home from the farmers’ market with a huge haul and not know what to make? Or pick up a CSA box filled with unrelated veggies you’ve got only a week to eat?

My family and I love to visit our local market every Saturday morning, but sometimes when I don’t go with recipes in mind, I go a bit overboard with my purchases. What can I say? All that fresh produce just looks sooo good.

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Since I hate to let fresh fruits and veggies go to waste, I created a whole collection of farmers’ market recipes made for this scenario.

farmers market recipes

Below, you’ll find three of my favorites. Each utilizes lots of different kinds of seasonal produce in one dish and highlights fresh flavors via simple preparations. (That means they’re also easy to make!) The smoothie is great to share (my kiddos love it too), and the pesto and marinara can be frozen for later use.

Give these easy, yummy recipes a try next time you’re drowning in heirlooms and herbs.

Farmers’ Market Recipes

farmers market recipes

1. Strawberry Veggie Smoothie

Veggies are my smoothie secret weapon. They add so much nutritional value with minimal calories. This smoothie is filled with tons of fiber, protein, and healthy fat, and is sure to keep you full all morning long. Tip: Some people prefer to steam and then freeze their veggies for easier digestion.


farmers market recipe

2. Pea Pesto Crostini

My Pea Pesto Crostini is super easy to make and is always a crowd-pleaser. It’s vegan and allergy friendly (nut-free, dairy-free, and can be made gluten-free), making it a perfect option for a cocktail party hors d’oeuvre. The pesto can also be frozen to use in pasta and on sandwiches, later.


farmers market recipe

3. LivLight Market Marinara

There’s nothing better than summer tomatoes, and who doesn’t love a homemade marinara? This sauce is delicious right out of the pot and gets even better with time. I love to make a big pot on Sunday and use it throughout the week on pasta, veggies, and grilled fish.


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