If you live in a cooler climate, chances are you've seen one of the first signs of spring - your farmer's market reopening for the summer season! And if you live in a warmer climate and have had a farmer's market all year 'round, please know we live in envy of your fresh AF produce in December.
Some of the goods you can expect to see in April and May at farmer's markets in cooler climates are: Asparagus, bunch onions, lettuce, pea greens, morel mushrooms, rhubarb, and spinach, plus some greenhouse-grown veggies like cucumbers and tomatoes. In warmer climates, you might also find: Apricots, cherries, brussels sprouts, fava beans, artichokes, fennel, garlic scapes, radishes, and tons of other fruits and veggies that come into season in the winter and stick around through spring. To celebrate the reemergence of spring produce, here are a few spring farmer's market recipes (with nut butter, natch) to help you use up those spring goods in your fridge before you hit the market next weekend!
Pea Shoots: Almond Soba NoodlesFrom 101 Cookbooks.
- 2 teaspoons red curry paste
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- very scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 – 8 tablespoons hot water
- 12 ounces dried soba noodles
- 12 ounces extra-firm nigari tofu
- 4 ounces pea shoots (or other greens, or tiny pieces of broccoli)
- 12 leaves fresh basil, slivered
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Brussels Sprouts: Brussels with Peanut VinaigretteFrom New York Times.
- 2 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved and rinsed in cold water
- ¼ cup peanut oil
- 4 teaspoons champagne vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter, creamy or chunky
- Hot sauce or chili oil (optional)
- 1 large navel orange
- 3 tablespoons dried tart cherries or cranberries, plumped in warm water, drained and coarsely chopped
- Crispy fried shallots, for garnish (optional)
- Chopped fresh mint, for garnish (optional)
Asparagus: Asparagus with Almond Butter SauceFrom food.com.
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 15 asparagus spears, cut into 2-inch pieces (large)
- 1 red pepper, sliced thin (small)
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 tablespoon tamari
- 1 teaspoon coconut sugar crystals or 1 teaspoon other raw sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon hot water