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.
They do such a great job in displaying their produce. Antique kitchen appliances are used and displayed throughout the market. Prices are indicated using little chalk boards.
This is the little country store adjacent to the market where they offer their dried goods and other products.
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. There is a nice selection to keep you busy for the season.
Perhaps the most showy display at Marshall’s Gardens is their enormous hanging baskets. Some of the flowers in these baskets are petunias and impatiens which come in a myriad of colors.
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 Pan Fried Summer Squash and Sausages with Rosemary recipe below.
This is a good recipe to use your flavored salts and specialty peppers. Good, fresh produce need very little else. And now, the recipe…..
- 2 zucchinis, sliced into ¼ inch thick coins
- 2 yellow squash, sliced into ¼ inch thick coins
- 2 sausages, sliced into ¼ inch thick coins (any type)
- 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
- Freshly ground pepper
- Olive oil
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 over medium heat until lightly brown. Fry in batches. Do not over crowd pan. Remove and set aside.
Add onions and fry until translucent. Add rosemary and red pepper flakes. Stir, remove and set aside.
Combined cooked zucchinis, yellow squash, sausages, and onions in a large bowl. Grind salt and pepper over vegetables. Add lime juice and toss to get vegetables seasoned.
Disclaimer: I did not receive any monetary compensation for this write up. What was written are my personal thoughts and view.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!