16 Sustainable Farm-to-Table Recipes To Make the Most Out of Your Farmer's Market

There's something about browsing around an open air farmer's market that instantly makes you want to eat everything. Putting the local back in farm-to-table, buying at the farmer's market not only makes you feel good - and rather hungry - it's sustainable shopping that helps us all out in the long run.

Vibrant vegetables, juicy fruits, farm raised meats, hand-crafted cheeses, rustic breads, and locally made products all look irresistible. What's even more difficult is deciding what to do with your gorgeous finds.

If you are finding yourself bewildered by the bag of sustainable food you just bought, let us help. Bringing the farm to the table, embrace the deep, delectable flavors of your food.  Rather than masking the flavor of produce with heavy creams and too many ingredients, here are 16 recipes that celebrate your finds and let their flavors shine.

1. Heirloom Tomato & Herb Salad

Dishing Up the Dirt

Farm fresh heirlooms, parsley, basil, dill, feta, salty capers, and fried chickpeas, this is the farm-to-table salad of your dreams.

Get the recipe here.

2. Marinated Eggplant and Tomato

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Finding ripe heirloom tomatoes and deep purple eggplants hidden in the rows of a farmer's market is like striking gold.

Rather than mask their flavor with too many ingredients, keep it simple with this Marinated Eggplant and Tomato recipe.

3. Heirloom Tomato, Zucchini, Caramelized Onion and Feta Galette

Foodie Crush

So you picked up some gorgeous heirloom tomatoes and zucchinis, now what? This handsomely layered galette, that's what.

Get the recipe here.

4. Squash, Corn, Roasted Poblano, and Squash Blossom Tacos

Wild Greens & Sardines

If a taco could be classified as beautiful, then these Squash, Corn, Roasted Poblano, and Squash Blossom Tacos would be it.

Filled with all the gorgeous produce at your local farmer's market, this is Meatless Monday meets Taco Tuesday all in one sustainable meal.

5. Ricotta and Squash Blossom Pizza

The Little Epicurean

Not sure what to do with your squash blossoms?

Try a Ricotta and Squash Blossom Pizza with fresh homemade basil pesto, creamy ricotta, summer zucchini, and delicate squash blossom

6. Pasta with Grilled Eggplant, Smoky Tomato Sauce, and Basil Walnut Pistou

Heather Cristo

Don't pass on the locally made pasta! Better than store-bought, pair it with tomatoes, eggplant, and fresh basil you just got for one wildly fresh pasta that will leave you envisioning the rolling hills on a Tuscan countryside.

Get the recipe here.

7. Grilled Tomato, Chévre, and Time Baguette

Eat in My Kitchen

When wondering around the farmer's market, don't forget to pick up some fresh goat cheese and a rustic baguette, because you are going to want to chomp on this Grilled Tomato, Chévre, and Thyme Baguette.

8. Peach Prosciutto Mixed Green Salad

A Healthy Life for Me

Be sure to check out the local meat selections when perusing for produce.

Bringing out the best of farm-to-table, this Peach Prosciutto Mixed Green Salad says it all.

9. Smoked Trout with Poached Eggs

Wilde Flavors

Don't forget to check out the catch of the day. While the grocery store may sell all you could want previously frozen, you can chat up the experts at the farmer's market about what is truly fresh and sustainable.

Mix it with some farm fresh eggs, and you've got yourself a meal! Get the recipe here.

10. Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Leeks and Toasted Almond Crumble

Dishing Up the Dirt

So you bought some leeks, and brussel sprouts had a deal you couldn't pass on.

You may be racking your brain for an award winning recipe when all you need to do is stick to the basics and you've got a recipe so good, it can be for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Get the recipe here.

11. Grilled Sugar Snap Peas with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Dishing Up the Dirt

Eating raw sugar snap peas fresh off the farm is like eating candy. Really, it's better than candy - and better for you.

For those that love the flavor of snap peas, keep the cooking simple with a slight grilled char and a delicious spicy peanut dipping sauce. Get the recipe here.

12. Maple Dijon Roasted Carrots

Closet Cooking

Sweet with a subtle kick, do your carrots a favor and cook them to perfection with a maple dijon glaze.

Get the recipe here.

13. Grilled Radishes with Brown Butter, Thyme, and Sage

Recipe Runner

Radishes are highly underrated.

One bite of this Grilled Radish with Brown Butter, Thyme, and Sage recipe and you'll understand why.

14. Radish Green Pesto


Did you know that with some vegetables, you can also eat their greens? Taking food waste and turning it into sustainable eats, make the most out of your produce and eat the greens.

If you don't know where to start, then give your radish greens a try and turn it into pesto. Easy, delicious, and you don't have to spend an astronomical amount on basil. Get the recipe here.

15. Triple Berry Kale Salad

The Recipe Critic

You just picked up baskets of lush, succulent berries.

Don't hide their flavor covered in sugar or as a baked good, let them shine instead in a Triple Berry Kale Salad.

16. Roasted Apricots with Ricotta and Honey

Kitchen Repertoire

Who said dessert couldn't be good for you?

Showcasing the finest of what the farmer's market has to offer, pick up some ripe apricots, creamy ricotta, and a jar of the local honey for the only way to do a wholesomely delicious farm-to-table dessert. Get the recipe here.

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