Happy Farmer’s Market Week! Have you visited your local farmer’s market lately? You shouldn’t have to go far to find one – the United States Department of Agriculture reports that there are more than 8,000 regularly recurring farmer’s markets across the U.S. While many of these are open year-round, August is prime time for farmer’s markets, with bountiful harvests of home-grown produce on display.

You’ll find all the popular favorites at these venues, such as sweet corn, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, etc. You might also discover new veggies to try: kohlrabi, chayote, salsify and jicama, to name a few. Whether you stick to the tried-and-true or expand your horizons, how can you bring out the very best in these fresh finds? Tastefully Simple to the rescue!

A few vibrant seasonings and just the right cooking method can make all the difference in transforming veggies from so-so to sensational! Here’s a handful to try:

1. Roasted Garlic Grilled Veggies. Variety is the spice of life, and Seasoned Salt is the spice that elevates this assortment of vegetables, brushed with Roasted Garlic Infused Oil, seasoned and grilled over medium heat. Tip: Not fond of one of the veggies in this recipe? Substitute your own fresh favorite!

2. Garlic Roasted Broccoli. It’s one of the most nutritious vegetables, but broccoli often gets a bad rap, with even a former president invoking his executive power to avoid it. He should have tried it this way, tossed with Avocado Oil and Garlic Garlic Seasoning and roasted in the oven for 15-20 minutes. He might even have made it the national veggie!

3. Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice. You won’t miss the carbs in this brightly flavored dish, perked up with Fiesta Party Seasoning and Garlic Garlic Seasoning.

4. Bacon Pepper Corn. On-the-cob isn’t the only way to enjoy fresh-picked corn. This version combines corn kernels with red bell pepper and green onions, sauteed with tangy Bacon Pepper Jam.

5. Cheesy Zucchini “Bread” Sticks. The next time a neighbor sneaks onto your porch to unload some of his over-abundance of zucchini, respond with a thankful wave instead of an angry fist. These faux bread sticks are THAT good. Serve these cheesy wonders with prepared Mama Mia™ Marinara Sauce for dipping.

Looking for still more veggilicious ideas? Check out tastefullysimple.com/recipes and browse dozens of delightful dishes that will showcase your farmer’s market finds or the harvest of your own garden. Hint: Also check out recipes for fresh and flavorful dips to partner with raw veggies for tasty snacks.

Have a flavorful National Farmer’s Market Week!

– kgm