Farmers Market Recipes: Spring Season

29 Mar

An uplift in mood is clearly evident come spring at the farmers market. And the beauty of cooking and eating along a somewhat seasonal track is the joy that comes from seeing favorites return after a long absence.

Below are a few items you’ll find in abundance now along with links to some favorite recipes. Since the weather is more winter than spring at the moment, it’s a good time for roasting and braising which is not ideal in the warmer months.

If you do live in Marin, check out the Spring Schedule of Local Farmers Markets below.

Click images for recipes        


ArtichokesThis recipe is straightforward and full of flavor. Artichokes are trimmed, seared and then sit covered to cook for 45 minutes. And although a dip isn’t necessary, here’s a great one to accompany a more simple steamed artichoke.


Asparagus Pic Monkey

Go with the fatter spears to avoid them becoming stringy when roasted. This recipe is a great meld of flavors.


BeetsA simple, versatile and tasty recipe. Feta works well too.



I usually make this recipe without the orange juice and use fresh or dried rosemary, thyme or a combination.



Although the freezing-for-winter strategy extends strawberries’ lifespan, there’s nothing like the freshly picked. Click the image above for recipes.




SAN RAFAEL, 8:00-1:00, Marin County Civic Center Parking Lot


MILL VALLEY, 3:00-7:00pm, Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave   (Starts in May)


CORTE MADERA, 12:00-5:00 pm, Corte Madera Town Center, Highway 101 & Tamalpais

FAIRFAX, 4:00-8:00pm, Bolinas Park, 124 Bolinas Avenue     (Start in May)



8:00am-1:00pm, Civic Center, Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium’s Parking Lot

6:00-9:00pm, Downtown San Rafael, 4th Street between Lincoln and B Streets


MILL VALLEY, 9:30am-2:30pm, CVS Pharmacy Parking Lot, 759 E Blithedale

BOLINAS, 2:00-6:00pm, Star Route Farm, 95 Olema-Bolinas Road


LARKSPUR, 9:00am-2:00pm, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing Circle


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