Each farmer’s market I visit in and around the metro area is slightly different than the other. Most of the bounty is the same, but the atmosphere and “vibe” is always different. Different neighborhoods represent different cultures; it’s a fantastic way to grocery shop. I found my bounty for this crudites, with the exception of the garlic aioli, at the farmer’s market closest to my house. My neighborhood farmer’s market is a very family oriented farmer’s market with live music and multiple produce stands that offer a variety of colorful vegetables.
Farmer’s markets are generally cheaper than the grocery store, and you have the added benefit of buying local. I trust the local vendors in the area, and I’ve never been steered wrong by a local producer at the farmer’s market.
August may be the best month to visit the farmer’s market, as vegetables are becoming more diverse and plentiful at each stand. Tomatoes are ripening, along with a variety of other produce. My finds for this crudites were cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, cucumber, carrots, and radishes. These brightly colored and mouth watering vegetables make up for one hearty and healthy appetizer, perfect for any family gathering, or for a weekend picnic. This is also a healthier approach for appetizer for those upcoming football games. Any potluck’s coming up? This appetizer would not only be a crowd-pleaser, but an eye-catcher as well.
Are pot luck’s a thing of the past? I hope not; I have very fond memories of those growing up, whether they were neighborhood block parties, or neighborhood friends getting together to enjoy the football game. I would look forward to the vast array of recipes everyone contributed, including crock pot dishes, dips, and the ever famous platter full of finger sandwiches or deviled eggs.
I wish the farmer’s markets stayed open longer here, but most go until October which is a nice enough season. Soon apples will be available in droves along with other produce, specifically root vegetables such as pumpkins as fall is fast approaching.
But before pumpkins, apples, and root vegetables start dominating the farmer’s market and grocery store shelves, you can enjoy all of the fresh produce that these farmer’s market stands have to offer now. These vegetables I used for my crudites are not set in stone, if something is more eye pleasing to you at the farmer’s market then grab it instead. The beauty of this crudites platter is that there are no rules, any vegetable is game!
- 1 bunch radish
- 1 bunch carrots, peeled
- 1 cup sugar snap peas
- 1 large cucumber, sliced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lemon, juiced (about two tablespoons)
- salt & pepper
Mix together mayonnaise, garlic, lemon, and salt and pepper and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
Wash and dry vegetables and add to a platter – serve with chilled aioli.