Farmer's Market Report: National Farmer's Market Week 2017 - Leesburg, Va 2017

     Wow!  This week is National Farmer's Market Week August 6 -12, 2017.  I feel so blessed to have so many great farmer's markets in my area.  The number of markets and vendors have grown over the years.  This all means I come home with loads of great food every week!  I don't need to go to the grocery store for much in the summer.  My produce, meat, and eggs are from the market.  I make recipes fit the season, and I don't have to think hard about what to have for dinner.  Summer is all about making the fresh produce the star of the show.  When you buy in season the quality is high.   Celebrate those ingredients and let their flavors shine by keeping it simple!

     Below, I highlight my recent finds and recipes to celebrate National Farmer's Market Week!  Find recipes for your Swiss chard, peaches (plus how to blanch peaches), tomatoes, squash, leeks, onions, pea shoots, and beef!

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Filled my farmers market basket.


Some of my farm market haul.
   
     Peaches! Peaches! Peaches!  So many peaches at the farmer's market now!  I want to make sure that I take advantage of every delicious morsel!

Peaches from Beechwood Orchards.
   
     What to do with them?  Make Peach Crisp of course!  Try out  Peach Crisp with Streusel Topping!

Peach Crisp with Streusel Topping.

 To get the skin off easily learn how to blanch your peaches in the post, Blanching Peaches!

Blanched peaches.

Plums from Beechwood Orchards.

Plums from Beechwood Orchards.

Swiss Chard from Shenandoah Seasonal.
   
     Here is a soup made with yellow zucchini, yellow summer squash, red onion, and Swiss chard,  Summer Squash Soup with Swiss Chard.  Here is a Swiss Chard Spaghetti Sauce recipe where the ground beef is fried in bacon fat to bring an extra flavorful meat to the sauce.  This Beef, Swiss Chard and Tomato Ragout uses fresh tomatoes, leeks, Swiss chard, red onions, basil, beef sandwich steak, and pea shoots from the farm market!

Summer Squash Soup with Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard Spaghetti Sauce

Beef, Swiss Chard and Tomato Ragout

Onions from Shenandoah Seasonal.

Cherry tomatoes from Shenandoah Seasonal

Pea Shoots from Shenandoah Seasonal.

Zucchini and tomatoes
 from Shenandoah Seasonal.

Tomatoes (Red Brandywine, Green Zebra, and Striped Roman), and Jalapeño peppers from Shenandoah Seasonal.

     If peaches are queen at the market, tomatoes must be king!  Here is a Tomato and Pinto Salsa recipe to enjoy the height of tomato season!  I also like to eat Marinated Red Brandywine Tomatoes with Burrata!

Tomato and Pinto Salsa 

Marinated Red Brandywine Tomatoes with Burrata

Leeks and onions from Shenandoah Seasonal.

Green Beans from Shenandoah Seasonal.

Yellow zucchini, yellow summer squash, and green zucchini from Plietez Produce.
     
     Ground cherries, below, are sweet.  They are wonderful to peel and pop in your mouth.  They remind me a lot of kiwifruit actually.

Ground Cherries from Plietez Produce.

Tomatoes from Plietez Produce.

     I also got a brisket from the farmer's market last week.  Here is Beef Brisket with Honey Mustard Glaze.  I chose to make this one today:  Ginger Brisket with Sweet Cherry Wine Sauce.


Ginger Brisket with Sweet Cherry Wine Sauce

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