These recipes are a nice starting point, but be open to inspiration from all the field-fresh goodness you discover. If you find something you don't know how to prepare, ask the grower for ideas.
California Grilled Veggie Sandwich: Hearty focaccia is slathered with creamy aioli and layered with sweet and smoky grilled vegetables for big, bright bites of flavor.
Garlic Asparagus with Lime: A splash of lime lends zesty freshness to this early spring favorite.
Summer Berry Compote: Fresh, juicy berries are sprinkled with fennel for a simply sensational dessert.
Rico's Passionate Pink Honey Lemonade: Cool off with an old-fashioned strawberry lemonade.
Farm Fresh Party Tips
Round up your most adventurous friends and turn them loose on your local farmers' market. The challenge? Create a seasonal menu using only ingredients found on your field trip. Up the ante by choosing only what's produced within 100 miles of your front door.
- Divide into teams of three or four. Each team must come up with an appetizer, main dish, and dessert to share with the group. If fresh juices are in season, add a cocktail/mocktail category to the mix. Set a spending limit for each team and tell them to bring cash in small bills.
- Early arrivals get the pick of the crop, so plan your trip accordingly. Depending on the size of the market, set a reasonable time limit for strolling and sampling and shopping. Then head back home and let the cooking commence!
- Ask your friends to bring their own kitchen hardware if you don’t have enough to go around. Be sure to have plenty of sharp knives, cutting boards, bowls, pots and pans, and so on. Got a grill? Get it ready.