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Kids in The Kitchen: Shop Your Local Farmer's Market (and Recipe!)

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National Farmer's Market Week is August 2nd to 8th, and we celebrated early with a trip to our local Farmer's Market with the kids. Today, we're sharing how much we love our Farmer's Market, as well as a yummy and fresh recipe, made with our Farmer's Market goodies!

I'm just going to go ahead and warn you that this post contains a lot of beautiful photos from my local Heirloom Farmer's Market, the Rillito Park Farmer's Market in Tucson, Arizona. I love our trips to the farmer's market and I especially love getting the kids involved in buying and cooking with local produce!

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This particular farmer's market is a bit more out of the way for me, but it's worth the extra little drive because it's got so many great booths and produce!

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Farmer's markets are a great way to support your community while getting great produce and goods that are farmed and made locally. This farmer's market always has a great selection of home grown, local fruits and vegetables.

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I just love all the colors! We definitely eat the rainbow when we shop at our farmer's market!

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I love seeing everyone leisurely shopping with their big baskets filled up to the brim with fresh produce. On this trip the flowers were looking especially cheerful so I let my daughter get a bunch for our kitchen table.

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One of my favorite things at this farmer's market is the colorful dried pasta made by a local company!

This is where I picked up some yummy pasta for my recipe that I made with the kids this week. I really want to try this bright purple eggplant blend pasta next time!

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Local dried fruit is like nature's candy!

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One of my all time favorite food is cheese. The kids and I really love goat cheese and have several recipes we make with it, including pizza! My 6 year old daughter loves our goat cheese pizza more than regular pepperoni and mozzarella! So, I was super excited to see local goat cheese from Chiva Risa for sale at this farmer's market! Such a great treat!

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Farmer's markets are a great place to scout out lot of other local goods for sale too like Arizona Emu Oil Products and Bisbee Soap and Sundry.

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Because it's Arizona we also have cacti and roasted chiles for sale. I'm a fan of roasted green chile soup but I need to learn to make it myself.

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Often times, Farmer's Markets are a great place to find local musicians. Adara Rae and The Homewreckers was serenading the crowd and giving out free demo cd's!


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The Farmer's Market is a great place to the kids involved! Many of the tables will have free samples to try. We tried lots of things on our trip that day. My kids even wanted to try honeycomb for the first time and loved it so much we bought some!

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If you're lucky some local restaurants will have booths set up too. There was coffee, baked goods, cheesecake, homemade lasagna and fire roasted pizza for sale to name a few.

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Yellow Brick Coffee is a cute little coffee shop here in Tucson and it's one of my favorites. They were selling cups of coffee, roasted coffee beans as well as giving out samples of their cold brewed coffee on nitrogen!

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After we enjoyed our morning of shopping we came home and made a lovely pasta meal with all our goods from the farmer's market.

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Vegetable Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Ingredients:

  • Pasta - we used summer vegetable this time, but spinach garlic is good too!
  • Olive Oil - about 3 tablespoons
  • Garlic - 1 clove
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Yellow cherry tomatoes
  • Onion - 1/2 sweet yellow onion
  • Dried or fresh basil - as much as desired, chopped
  • Goat cheese - as much as desired (we desired a lot because we love it!)

Directions:

  1. Dice your onion and garlic and sautee in a pan with about 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook until softened.
  2. Meanwhile in a large pot cook your pasta as directed in lightly salted water.
  3. Roughly cut up your heirloom tomatoes and half your yellow cherry tomatoes.
  4. Once the onions and garlic are cooked removed from heat and stir into tomatoes. Add in your basil and let sit.
  5. Once your pasta is cooked, toss it with the tomato mixture. Add extra 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil.
  6. Top with crumbled goat cheese and serve warm. Yum!

** Older kids can help cut up the tomatoes and younger ones can help stir and crumble the goat cheese. The best part is the helped shop local produce and supported local farms while getting a healthy meal too!

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