Fresh, local and delicious. These are three words that describe the Mesa Community Farmer’s Market. Every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Farmer’s Market opens up on Main Street to provide residents with fresh, local produce. Additionally, attendees can sample the food of small local restaurants.
With spring right around the corner we’ve prepared a list of seasonal produce you can pick up at the market and some recipes for each.
If you’ve lived in Arizona for awhile then you know that our corn is absolutely delicious. With little more than bit of butter, tin foil and a grill you can create a delicious springtime snack. If you are more interested in creating a culinary masterpiece try these savory bacon and corn pancakes from the Food Lab.
Corn also makes for great chowders and an addition to salad.
Don’t let the name fool you! Summer squash will become an abundant at the Mesa Farmer’s market sometime in March. Squash can be made into a rich soup or simply roasted in the oven with a bit of salt and olive oil. Squash pairs well with zucchini and cherry tomatoes.
For a light and healthy afternoon snack try this barley and feta stuffed squash from Rose & Ivy.
March means that it’s tomato season in Arizona and that means it’s one of the happiest times of the year! Heirloom tomatoes from local farmers can come in a wide variety of colours from boisterous greens to sunburnt yellows. Our tomatoes are so good that you eat them like an apple!
But if you’re looking for something more complex look try to make a homemade caprese salad. An heirloom tomato tart will do wonders at any office potluck.
Once the bane of every child’s existence, brussel sprouts have made a serious comeback in the culinary world. Brussel sprouts are best when roasted in the oven as opposed to being steamed. Try pairing your brussel sprouts with bacon and maple syrup. Raw brussel sprouts make for a delicious salad with vinegar.