18 recipes to make with your farmers' market haul

It's worth trekking out early to get the cream of the crop at the farmers' market. There's so much you can make from sweet hand pies to savoury latkes.

18 recipes to make with your farmers' market haul

Photo: Andrew Grinton

Peach Creamsicle Smoothie

Peach season is the best. Scoop up a basket and make a summertime treat, like this creamy, four ingredient smoothie. Get the recipe: Peach Creamsicle Smoothie

three bottles filled with creamy peach smoothiePhoto: Andrew Grinton

Beet and Carrot Latkes

When you see a bunch of beets and carrots, snap ’em up, because these summery latkes are better than the original. Serve alongside a bean salad (because you bought salad stuff at the farmers’ market, duh) for a completely meatless meal. Get the recipe: Beet and Carrot Latkes

latkes and salad on a platePhoto: Andrew Grinton


Corn and Bacon Hash

The premise is simple, but the flavours are big. Slice kernals off the cob and saute with bacon, green onion, salt and pepper. Get the recipe: Corn and Bacon Hash

bowl of bacon and corn hash with wooden spoonPhoto: Andrew Grinton

Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam

If you’ve never made freezer jam, we’d like to introduce you to your new best friend. Your kids will be eager to help smash the strawberries. Get the recipe: Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam

scones with a generous smear of fresh strawberry jamPhoto: Roberto Caruso

SPONSORED: Turkey, Green Bean, Corn and Tomato Salad

Get the recipe: Turkey, Green Bean, Corn and Tomato Salad

Turkey Green Bean Corn Tomato Salad in a white bowlPhoto courtesy of Ontario Turkey


Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale and Red Pepper Pesto

Sure, you could make a kale salad, but not all kids want that. Making a pesto is a sneaky way to get the greens into their teeny bods. Get the recipe: Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale and Red Pepper Pesto

plate of pasta with basil and tomatoesPhoto: Andrew Grinton

Quick-Pickled Cukes

Making pickles doesn’t have to be an epic, time-sucking journey. Our quick pickles are ready in 30 minutes, but taste their best after one to two weeks in the fridge. Get the recipe: Quick-Pickled Cukes

jar of pickles with dinosaurs standing outside the jarPhoto: Erik Putz

Strawberry Waffle Cake

Those fresh strawberries are looking mighty fancy on top of waffles and whipped cream. We would even vote for this as a weekend breakfast. Get the recipe: Strawberry Waffle Cake

stack of waffles with whipped cream and sliced strawberriesPhoto: Roberto Caruso



While you could make a delicious potato salad with that basket of tots, you could also get a little wild, thinly slicing them and creating a nacho-style dish we like to call potatchos! Get the recipe: Potachos

Plate of potato nachos topped with salsa, avocado, and cilantroPhoto: Craig Boyko

Green Beans with Warm Pistachio Vinaigrette

Your green beans are begging to be blanched and dredged through a buttery vinaigrette that’s studded with our fave green nut, pistachio. Get the recipe: Green Beans with Warm Pistachio Vinaigrette

plate of green beans with a nutty dressing

Blueberry Hand Pies

Don’t be intimidated by the crust, the food processor does most of the work. And with cream cheese worked into it, you’ve got a perfect pie every time. Get over here, blueberries. Get the recipe: Blueberry Hand Pies

folded pastry with blueberry fillingPhoto: Andrew Grinton


Mini Cheesecakes with Cherry Sauce

If you can resist not eating the whole bag of cherries as is, set them aside and whip up these mini cheescakes. Get the recipe: Mini Cheesecakes with Cherry Sauce

cherry cheesecakePhoto: Jodi Pudge

Peach and Tomato Salsa

Peaches and tomatoes, that’s weird, right? Hard no! Tomato is actually a fruit so it totally makes sense to create a salsa from the two. Serve this up alonsgide barbecued meat. Get the recipe: Peach and Tomato Salsa

paper cup with chopped peach and tomatoPhoto: Andrew Grinton

Easy Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tarts

Puff pastry is the perfect place for your bunch of asparagus to rest. First, smear on some goat’s cheese and then top with caramelized onions, obvs. Get the recipe: Easy Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tarts

two puff pastry tarts topped with goat cheese, asparagus and red onionPhoto: Jim Norton


Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

A watermelon and cucumber salad can do no wrong. It’s light, refreshing and ready in just five minutes. While you’re at it, use the honey you picked up at the market to make these Honey-Glazed Chicken Skewers. Get the recipe: Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

plate of chicken and veggies skewers with cucumber and watermelon saladPhoto: Andrew Grinton

Spring Pea Tortellini with Shrimp

There’s no need to be intimidated by making your own tortellini. Thanks to dumpling wrappers, you’ve got this. Fill the wrappers with your pea puree and you’ve got an A+ dinner. Get the recipe: Spring Pea Tortellini with Shrimp

Plate with homemade tortellini, fresh peas and shrimpPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Fresh Strawberry Refrigerator Pie

As if we would leave you hanging and not offer up a strawberry pie. Lucky for you, this one is such a cinch. Graham cracker crumb crust, gooey strawberry innards. And the best part? Your fridge does most of the work. Get the recipe: Fresh Strawberry Refrigerator Pie

plate of fresh strawberry pie in a graham cracker piePhoto: Andrew Grinton


Rhubarb Walnut Sweet Tea Bread

We’re always stalking the local markets come spring, looking for tart rhubarb. There’s lots of ways to use it, but we love it in this loaf. It’s not too heavy and not too sweet. Get the recipe: Rhubarb Walnut Sweet Tea Bread

glazed rhubarb loaf sliced on a platePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Read more:
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This article was originally published on May 02, 2020

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