“Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. And we nourish all those things when we eat well” ~ Michael Pollan

We just wrapped up Farmers Market Week in Minnesota. While the markets happen year round, these seven days are designated annually as a time to highlight the numerous impacts that our farmers markets, and the farmers that source to them have on our communities. The markets are bustling gathering places where consumers go to connect with growers over the beauty and importance of local food. There is a unique grace about these interactions that rarely occurs in any other venue. The farmers markets are places we visit to nourish our minds, senses and bodies.

Read more for a photographic journey of some of the vibrant dishes I’ve created recently using fresh farmers market produce.

Angel hair pasta with pesto, grilled chicken, farmers market tomatoes, whipped ricotta and red pepper flakes
Burrata toasts topped with roasted roma tomatoes and fresh basil (see below for an image of the tomatoes and garlic that I purchased at the market)
Roma tomatoes and garlic used for the burrata toast
Gustola Granola topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries from the market
Summer pasta made with cheese stuffed ravioli and topped with fresh sweet corn, zucchini & tomatoes purchased at the market

I hope this article inspires you to set your sights on a farmers market this week!

Click here to see a comprehensive directory of local farmers markets curated by Minnesota Grown. Minnesota Cooks also has a wonderful Farm to Table directory. Click here for more info on this.

“It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it” ~ Nelson Mandela

“Farm to Table…Ocean to Fork…and Vineyard to Glass.  We cast our votes in favor of the planet one bite, one sip at a time” ~ Lisa Patrin

You can also follow my culinary & travel adventures and my farm to plate/field and vineyard to glass sustainability initiatives via my Instagram and Twitter pages.

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