Fall is one of the most wonderful times of year to visit a farmers market in Maryland!
A wide array of fall bounty can be found at farmers markets. Check out some of our favorite fall farmers market fare:
Pumpkins-Pumpkins are great for craving Jack-O-Lanterns around Halloween time, but this decorative fruit can also be surprisingly versatile when used for cooking purposes. Try roasting pumpkins seeds for a simple, on-the-go treat or using a large pumpkin for a savory soup.
Sweet Potatoes-Sweet potatoes are a delicious, hearty way to indulge in the abundance of fall. Try baked sweet potatoes fries as a healthier alternative to frying or enjoy them along with another staple of fall produce-apples-with this easy to make Sweet Potato and Apple Bake.
Broccoli–Broccoli is a staple of crudite platters, but if dipping raw pieces of this vegetable in hummus or low-fat dip isn’t for you, fear not! Broccoli tastes great steamed, baked, or in warm broccoli and potato soup.
Turnips-Take a hint from First Lady Michelle Obama and pick up some turnips next time you visit a Maryland farmers market. Turnips can be roasted to bring out their flavor. Alternatively, steam and mash them up with some caramelized onions, parmesan cheese and cream. This dish would be a wonderful addition to your holiday dinner table, and Fancy First Lady dance moves are not required!
Cabbage-Cabbage looks beautiful when displayed on a fall farmers market table, but it can be a perplexing vegetable for consumers. This lovely, leafy fall green can be tossed in a simple cabbage stir-fry with pepper, onion, and garlic, or become the key ingredient in cabbage tomato soup!
The above recipe links come from the websites of Eat Smart Maryland, Grow It Eat It, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Eat Smart, Be Fit Maryland. Visit these websites for more information about seasonal produce, healthy and easy recipes, as well as other tips for healthy and local eating.