I go crazy for this time of year. Maybe literally. Almost every Saturday this summer I’ve been in my car by 6:45 am to head to the St. Jacob’s Farmers Market – is that crazy? I’ll let you decide.
But the excitement of picking out new fruits and vegetables for the week is enough to drag me out of bed at that hour (and it helps that I’m naturally an early riser anways). Especially now that it’s the peak time for some of my late summer favourites like tomatoes and zucchini! Truth be told I rarely even bat an eye at some of these vegetables the other 9-10 months of the year, but the second they hit farmers markets, I’m all over them. You can’t beat that fresh local flavour!
Tomatoes have been finding their way into simple salads, always with some form of cheese (I’m having a bit of a love affair with fior de latte at the moment). Zucchini grated into patties and pan fried so that they become deliciously crispy. Peppers and eggplant roasted until they become soft and slightly charred. And corn – well I keep meaning to make corn patties or something, but it’s just so good eaten plain right off the cob!
If you’re in need of some more inspiration, here’s what I’ve been cooking with summer’s bounty lately:
tomatoes and peppers
Caprese Salad with Grilled Peppers via Jamie Oliver
Grilled Vegetable Salad with Smoky Cumin Dressing via Yummy Beet
Tomato Eggplant Stew over Parmesan Polenta via Snixy Kitchen
Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
Sun Dried Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta (recipe coming soon!)
Summer Squash Gratin with Gruyere and Salsa Verde via Smitten Kitchen
Shaved Summer Squash Salad via Bon Appetit
Zucchini Fritters via Clean Eats, Fast Feets
Arugula Pesto and Zucchini Pizza with Chevre
Farro Salad with Beet Greens and Sun Dried Tomatoes via Brooklyn Supper
Golden Beet Salad with Orange Miso Dressing via Oh She Glows
Balsamic Glazed Beets via The Washington Post
miscellaneous late summer vegetables