Market Pick Five | Early August

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As promised, another new series I'm starting on the blog! I'm really excited about this one because it harkens back to one of the main reasons I stuck with Naturally Ella about four years ago. I wasn't really sure what this space was going to be and then I joined an amazing CSA. Each week I'd photograph and share what was growing. It was, by far, one of the highlights in my early blogging 'career'. That part of the blog slowly faded out but I wanted to bring it back with a slightly different spin involving the farmers' market. Every other week, I'll be sharing five market picks for your weekend along with a few recipes to make with each.

I'd love to hear what your excited about this week and any recipes/ideas you might be making!

Right now this week is all about hanging on to summer for just a bit longer, so my picks are:

1. Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn
Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn Soup with Harissa
Chipotle Corn Cakes with Avocado
Sweet Corn Farro Risotto
Sweet Corn Polenta with Broccoli Pesto | Five and Spice
Chipotle Sweet Corn Fettuccine | Pinch of Yum

2. Red Potatoes

Red Potatoes
Red Potatoes

Barley, Smoked Paprika Red Potatoes, and Hard Boiled Egg
Roasted Red Potato and Gorgonzola Quiche
Smoked Paprika Red Potato and Egg Bake
Pan Roasted Red Potatoes | Food52
Garlic Herb Beer Buttered Roasted (Red) Potatoes | The Beeroness

3. Tomatoes


Gluten-Free Oat Crepes with Tomatoes, Basil, and Goat Cheese
Roasted Tomato and Egg Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Roasted Garlic and Tomato Soup
Lentils, Roasted Tomatoes, and Dukka-Crumbed Eggs | via Katie at the Kitchen Door from A Change of Appetite
Baked Feta with Tomatoes | A Couple Cooks

4. Figs


Roasted Eggplant with Cumin-Scented Spelt and Fig Chutney
Za'atar Broiled Figs | The Bojon Gourmet
Rustic Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza | Sprouted Kitchen
Fig and Melon Salad | Not Without Salt
Fig, Ricotta, and Honey Tartines | Two Red Bowls

5. Peaches


Grilled Peach and Halloumi Skewers with Basil-Jalapeno Sauce
Grilled Peach Salad | Tasty Yummies
Peach and Corn Salad | Food Loves Writing
Grilled Halloumi and Peaches with Dukkah | My New Roots
Peach and Pesto Crostini | Love and Lemons

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6 comments on “Market Pick Five | Early August”

  1. Oooh, I like this series! SWEET CORN. Is what summer eating is all about. I'm embarrassed to say I haven't had any yet this year.

  2. Oh man.. these photos are incredible. Your photography is simply amazing.
    I would have loved some of those figs right now.

  3. I made the Roasted Eggplant with Cumin-Scented Spelt and Fig Chutney for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Very tasty and a nice variety of textures. And your timing is fig tree is loaded with ripe fruit and there was eggplant in my CSA share this week. Oh, and I found two unopened bags of spelt berries in the pantry. My husband and I nearly ate a double batch of the recipe for dinner. I don't know that we are especially big eaters, or it was just too good or what...but I was glad I doubled the recipe! Thanks very much for this unusual and tasty combination!


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