Farmers Market Meals to Enjoy Outside

Everyone loves a good farmer’s market. Knowing you are supporting local growers is always a plus, and you certainly can’t beat the freshness of the produce you’ll find.

When you swing by your local market, though, it can often be tricky to know how exactly to utilize the various fruits and vegetables sold by the vendors. They look delicious, and you know they are perfectly fresh…but how should you prepare them?

We are here for you! During the glorious fall season, it’s key to have a few fresh recipes in your back pocket for those pleasant nights on the patio or around the fire. Here are some quick and simple farmer’s market meals you can enjoy outside this season.

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1. Pasta with Zucchini and Squash

A delicious, sauceless pasta is a great way to incorporate those fresh zucchini and squash you just picked up at the farmer’s market. Cook and dice the root vegetables, add some roma tomatoes, sweet peppers, and fresh basil. Top it off with some grated parmesan and olive oil, and place over fresh pasta for a delectably light meal to enjoy by the fire or on the patio.

2. Watermelon and Arugula Salad

This simple and refreshing meal is an easy prep after a farmer’s market run. Fresh watermelon and arugula have complimentary sweet and tangy flavors that add a perfect touch to an evening outdoors. Add fresh mint and grilled chicken breast for a hearty and delicious meal.

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3. Elote (Mexican Corn on the Cob)

Sweet corn is a farmer’s market mainstay for a reason. Next time you grill up a few cobs for your next outdoor hang, try this subtle twist to ramp up the flavor. Simply top your corn with mayo, butter, cotija cheese, lime, and a pinch of chili powder. You might never go back to plain corn on the cob again!

4. Pan Roasted Chicken with Veggies

Dining outdoors mixes perfectly with fresh, pan roasted chicken with hearty vegetables. You can cook up a delicious recipe in a single pan by adding lemon herb green beans, sliced cherry tomatoes, and parmesan right in with the roasted chicken. Season to your liking, and watch the flavors interact in a delicious way.

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5. Steak Salad

If your local market boasts fresh peaches, this recipe is a must. Grilling up a few petite sirloin filets, tossing them in a simple and healthy dressing, and pairing them with fresh greens and peaches is a perfect outdoor meal. Season with pepper and add some blue cheese crumbles for an extra pop of flavor.

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