Farmer's Market Staples You Need to Get Your Hand On
Oh, summer in Denver – after the mountains close for skiing, it’s what we all are looking forward to. When you are not spending weekends hiking in the Rockies or sipping a cold one on the patio at your favorite brewery, head to the local farmers market for the perfect way to celebrate the season. Looking for a little inspiration for your next farmers market trip? Here are a few of our favorite go-to’s:
Asparagus, Corn, Zucchini for a Grilled Veggie Salad
Nothing screams farmers market than a bag filled with your favorite fresh veggies. The next time you show up to a friend’s BBQ, wow the crowd by mixing things up with a flavorful grilled veggie salad. Color your plate by picking up some asparagus, a few ears of corn and zucchini during your next visit. This yummy recipe by Epicurious ties all the summer veggies together with a tangy lemon mustard vinaigrette. Pair it with your favorite grilled meat and you have yourself a healthy -- and more importantly delicious – summertime meal.
Fresh Flowers for a Summertime Decoration
It’s hard not to pass up a big, beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers at the farmers market. Such color and variety! They are the perfect centerpiece for any home. When searching for the perfect bunch to make yours, try shopping earlier in the day before they have sat out in the sun for a few hours. Also be sure to look at the petals and leaves of the flowers for browning or wilting – these are the ones to pass up. Once you’ve found the perfect one for you, get them home as soon as possible, trim their stems, and put them in some room temperature water. Enjoy your beautiful farmers market find for the next few days!
Local Honey is Sweet for Several Reasons
Make sure to grab some local honey on your way out – perfect whether you have plans for a decadent charcuterie board or just upgrading your daily snacks. Eating local, raw honey actually has a few surprising benefits (besides being absolutely delicious). This time of year can bring on a lot of sniffling and itchy eyes, battle these symptoms with a spoonful of neighborhood honey for a tasty anti-allergy shot! It also acts as a natural antiseptic. Cover up your minor cuts or scrapes from your latest hike with a dab of honey, and you’re good to go.
Embrace all that the season has to offer and support local businesses while doing it. Check out this list to find a Denver, Colorado, farmers market close to you.
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