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Summer’s Bounty – Farmers’ Market Recipes

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…

This week we’re going to celebrate the culinary glories of the summer season. To start, I’m happy to share with you some of my favorite recipes that take advantage of the summer bounty from your garden or local farmer’s market. Click on any photo to see the entire recipe.

Zucchini Recipes:

Let’s start with zucchini recipes, since everyone always has too much zucchini in the summer. All of these recipes could also be made with yellow summer squash if that’s what you’ve got on hand:

Zucchini Yeast Bread:

zucchini yeast bread

Zucchini & Ricotta Pie:

zucchini pie

Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread:

zucchini bread

Zucchini Biscuits with Parmesan & Basil:

Zucchini Biscuits

Tomato Recipes:

Next up, everyone’s favorite summer “vegetable” (yes, we all know it’s really a fruit), the glorious summer tomato!

Heirloom Tomato Pie:

heirloom tomato pie

Tomato Corn Cobbler:

tomato corn cobber

Tomato Sandwich (bread):

tomato sandwich

Grilled Panzanella:

grilled panzanella

Cherry Tomato Focaccia with Rosemary & Parmesan:

cherry tomato focaccia 8a

Summer Fruit Recipes:

I adore just about any fruit, any time of year. Summer is the peak season for some of my favorites (peaches & cherries). I eat them every day while they’re in season.  But sometimes you get more than you can possibly eat. That’s the time to make these delicious dishes.

Sour Cherry Pie:

Sour Cherry Pie

Cherry & Blueberry Shortcakes:

blueberry & cherry shortbreads

Apricot Raspberry Pie:

apricot raspberry pie

Blueberry Cornbread Cobbler:

Blueberry Cornbread Cobbler

Fried Peach Hand Pie:

fried peach pie 11a

Peach Almond Upside Down Cake:

peach upside down cake 14a

Blackberry Buttermilk Pie:

Blackberry Buttermilk Pie

Peach Almond Crumb Pie:

peach almond crumb pie

Rustic Plum Tart with Walnut Crust:

rustic plum tart with walnut crust

Blueberry-Lemon Preserves:

Blueberry Preserves

Blueberry Cheesecake Tart with Cornmeal Crust:

blueberry cheesecake slice

Blueberry Crumb Cake:

Blueberry Crumb Cake

A Variety of Veggies:

Here are a few more dishes that use summer veggies from your farmer’s market or garden.

Chocolate Orange Beet Cake:


Golden Beet Orange Cake

golden beet orange cake

DIY Chipotle Peppers:

homemade chipotle peppers

Ghost Pepper Jelly: (or use any other pepper)


Pickled Jalapenos:


Bread & Butter Pickles:

bread & Butter pickles

Enjoy the summer bounty while it lasts, or preserve the bounty and enjoy it for the rest of the year.