One of the many joys of summer is to visit the farmers markets around the city. Most of these markets are a collection of stalls from various farms and they offer a good selection of produce, meats, plants, dairy products, baked goods, honey, flavored vinegars, bottled jams, pickles and relish, fresh flowers, and even crafts. Many specialty produce such as zucchini flowers, heirloom tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, fresh peppers, and the likes can most likely be found in these markets.
Some of these markets are family owned and they sell produce mainly from their own farms. One such market here in Minnesota is the Marshall’s Farm Market in Eden Prairie. This is a quaint market offering fresh, locally grown produce from their own farm two miles away. While they are not certified organic, they follow many organic growing practices and techniques. To complement their fresh produce, they also offer some products from nearby farms and businesses which include organic tortilla chips, salsa, jams and jellies, maple syrup, popcorn, apples (in season) caramel, and fresh bakery items. These goodies arrive daily at the market. Marshall’s is open July through early November.
Next to the market is the Marshall’s Garden offering plants, shrubs, trees, herbs, vegetables, and garden accessories for those who like to work the soil. They offer a nice selection to keep you busy for the season.
This was my bounty from Marshall’s. I finally succumbed and bought some herbs even though it is a little late in the season. I came home and immediately prepared two dishes from my purchases. I used the rosemary in the recipe below.
Pan Fried Summer Squash and Sausages with Rosemary
2 zucchinis, sliced into rounds ¼ inch thick
2 yellow squash, sliced into rounds ¼ inch thick
2 sausages, sliced into rounds ¼ inch thick (I used smoked bratwurst)
1 medium sized red onion, thinly sliced
3 sprigs rosemary, stems removed and roughly chopped
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp lime juice
Freshly ground flavored salt (I used Pepato Italian sea salt with spices and herbs)
Freshly ground pepper (I used a blend of black, green, pink, and white peppercorns)
Lightly coat a large fry pan with olive oil. Pan fry zucchinis, yellow squash, and sausages in a single layer 2 to 3 minutes each side on medium heat until lightly brown. Fry in batches. Do not over crowd pan. Remove and set aside. Add onions to the pan and fry till translucent. Add rosemary and red pepper flakes. Stir, remove and set aside.
In a large bowl, combined cooked zucchinis, yellow squash, sausages, and onions. Grind salt and pepper over vegetables. Add lime juice and toss to get vegetables seasoned. Serve immediately.
I am sending this to Reeni at Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice for the July Side Dish Showdown.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!