Farmer’s Markets Are Opening Everywhere

Food blogger and business owner Trish Ryan is constantly looking for healthy options to feed herself and her family. She is the founder of Time for Dinner, a meal planning service to help you enjoy healthy meals with your family.

In this post, she celebrates the outdoor opening of the Princeton Farmers’ Market on Hinds Plaza tomorrow,  May 15th, and provides us with meal ideas that come from delicious local farmers and markets.

I must admit, I look forward to the opening of the Princeton Farmers’ Market on Hinds Plaza each spring.  I love to walk around and see what all the vendors are offering. I can grab some lunch and browse the stalls. I am always sure to find plenty of delicious fruits and vegetables along with meats, eggs, cheeses, condiments, and of course dessert to make a complete meal. There are even wonderful flowers available to make the setting perfect. It feels good to know I am supporting my local community and getting the freshest ingredients our local farmers have to offer. And of course, I love that I get to go home and make dinner with my farmer’s market finds.

Here is one of my family’s favorites.

Farmers’ Market Pizza

farmers market pizza

Active time:  10 minutes        Total time:  40 minutes  Serves: 4

 Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 bunch (about 1/2 lb.) slender asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 lb. pizza dough (preferably whole wheat)
  • Cornmeal
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 scallions, white and pale green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 lb. soft, fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Preheat a medium skillet over medium heat; add 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the pancetta and pepper flakes. Sauté until the pancetta browns, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Cut the asparagus spears into 3 pieces, and then cut the thick ends in half lengthwise. Place the asparagus in a small bowl; add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  4. Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface to an 11- to 12-inch oval or round. Sprinkle a rimmed baking sheet with cornmeal; transfer the pizza dough to the pan.
  5. Brush the dough with the pancetta cooking oil, and sprinkle with the pancetta mixture. Spread the mozzarella cheese over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch plain edge. Sprinkle the green onions and then the goat cheese over the mozzarella. Arrange the asparagus over the pizza. Grate some Parmesan cheese over the asparagus, and then season with salt and pepper.
  6. Place the pizza in the oven and bake until the asparagus is tender and the edges of the crust are brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer the pizza to a cutting board. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut into small pieces or wedges and serve.

Feel free to add as many market vegetables as you like.  Some other fantastic pizza combinations are mushrooms, caramelized onions and spinach or fresh spring greens with balsamic dressing and shaved Parmesan cheese (think of a salad on top of pizza).

Don’t be frustrated when a farmers’ market doesn’t have exactly what you are looking for. It’s a true lesson in cooking off the land. Be flexible! Use your recipe as a template and adapt your meal to what local farmers are providing that day and what jumps out at you as you browse the stalls. The idea is to find inspiration from the sights and smells around you. Start there and you’ll be guaranteed a tasty, seasonal meal every time.

Do you have a favorite meal that you make from the farmers market?  Tell us about it!

Trish Ryan is the founder of Time for Dinner, a service to help simplify the meal planning process and enjoy dinner with your family.

Time For Dinner members are provided recipes for five simple, healthy, seasonal meals including side dishes each week. Meal plans are created to be efficient and eliminate waste. Ingredients are maximized to create balanced dinners that play off each other. Members are also provided with an organized shopping list, cost estimates to help keep you on budget, a list of pantry items you will need, and guides to meal preparation.

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