Weekend Cooking: Farmer’s Market Bounty

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I love summer for the Farmer’s Markets. There is nothing quite like browsing the stalls of the local farmers and picking up the freshest produce. My tiny little mountain town has started having a market on Tuesday afternoons…and last week I managed to get over there. It is small, but the produce is wonderful. I found some amazing tomatoes, plump summer squash, beautiful zucchini, zesty lemons and sweet purple onions:

I had two luscious trout fillets which I decided to bake with a little olive oil, dill, salt and pepper (I use a 425 degree oven and bake them until they just flake apart).

I decided that the perfect accompaniment would be a hot veggie salsa of sorts. I hate using cookbooks as anything more than a guide, so I just started dicing things up and throwing them in the fry pan:

Here is the “recipe” I made up as I went along:

  • Half a large summer squash, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • Half a small purple onion, diced
  • Half a large tomato, cut in medium pieces
  • Half a lemon, squeezed
  • 1-2 Tablespoons good olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a nonstick frying pan until hot, throw in the diced veggies (except for the tomato) and stir fry until just softened. Add the tomato and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the tomato begins to soften. Add the juice from a half of a lemon, continue stirring. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I think you could even add a little cilantro to this to give this some extra “bite.”

I dolloped the salsa next to the fish and chopped up some fresh parsley to scatter over the top:

The perfect summer meal and very simple to make!

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    • Beth F on July 23, 2011 at 07:32

    You’re my kind of cook. Warning: farmers’ markets are addicting! Love the sound of your warm salsa, and I bet that cilantro or hot pepper would really be yummy.

  1. Hi!
    That sounds so yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  2. I’m drooling!

  3. That looks like the perfect healthy summer meal! I will have to try this the next time I make fish. I love the farmer’s market. The produce is so much fresher than in the stores.

  4. Sometimes I find the best things happen by just dicing things up and throwing them in the pan 🙂 Seems like that’s exactly what happened here — looks delicious!

  5. Looks delicious, just winging it is so good, especially when you have such great looking things from the Farmer’s market! That tomato looks amazing.

  6. I love your creativity! Some of my favorite meals are ones I’ve done on my own. Your veggie salsa is a perfect compliment to the fish. I shopped at my farmer’s market this morning and found beautiful potatoes!

    • Amy on July 23, 2011 at 12:38

    What a fantastic idea! The meal you cooked looks delicious and so pretty. I love that you were able to just put it together as you went along…

  7. That looks absolutely delicious!

    • Wendy on July 23, 2011 at 18:03

    Beth F: Thanks 🙂 I actually thought about the Cilantro after I was done…otherwise I would have thrown some in there!

    Sherrie: You’re welcome!

    Kathy: *passes you a napkin* 🙂

    Beth (bookaholic): We actually get really great produce in our stores here in California, but I like buying things locally and supporting our small farmers…plus, I know I’m getting produce without pesticides!

    The Book Girl: It is my favorite way of cooking. I hate measuring and following directions!

    Carol: That tomato was awesome. I actually bought three of them and the other two we just cut up and ate with pepper and salt. Delicious!

    Michelle: I love homegrown potatoes – they just seem to taste better than the supermarket!

    Amy: Thanks! I look at cooking as a creative venture…and it is a lot of fun to cook without a recipe!

    Melissa: Thanks!

  8. I love the sight of fresh veggies ^^

  9. That looks like an amazing summer dinner and very easy to prepare as well! I haven’t been to a good farmer’s market in ages, but it sounds like I might be missing out by not checking it out! Great post today!

    • Wendy on July 24, 2011 at 07:34

    Uniflame: Me too!

    Heather: Oh, you really should go some time – farmer’s markets are wonderful (especially if you are a foodie!)

    • Nan on July 24, 2011 at 09:53

    I often sauté various vegetables and mix them with just-cooked pasta, but I’ve not tried lemon juice or tomatoes, and now I shall! Thanks.

  10. when the veggies are that good, they don’t need as lot of work.
    Totally with you on the cilantro!

    • Wendy on July 24, 2011 at 15:21

    Nan: I liked how the acid added to the taste…hope you do too 🙂

    Caite: Sorry for the delay in posting your comment – it inadvertently went to my spam file…but I’ve fixed that now 🙂

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