Summer meals based on the Farmers Market

The farmers market on the east end of Long Island are starting to hum.  Once a week fill-up is key.  The markets out here move from town to town with the same vendors except for the one in Montauk for whatever reasons seems to have more.

lettucesThis week I filled up starting with massive amounts of basil.  The smell hit me before I saw it.

raspberriesFilled up on fruits too.  This farm had raspberries, blueberries and amazing cherries.

strawberiesThis farm had the last gasps of strawberries.  Was happy to see them there.  He also had freshly made butter which was a huge hit over the weekend.

eggsHaving a farm fresh egg for breakfast is a completely different experience than the store bought eggs.  Kind of like tomatoes in August.  It is tough to eat any other egg or tomato after actually tasting the real deal.  They also had some duck eggs.  They are much richer with huge yolks.  I scrambled them up.  The consistency is curdy like cottage cheese.  Lots of fat in there.  Would be great on top of a dish.

cheeseMecox cheese are good.  Their brie was unique.  Very layered and intense for a brie.

breadsHave to get some fresh bread.

olivesThere is also the olive and pickle tent.

oliveoilsThese oils and vinegars are delicious and super intense.

carrtsPicked up these beautiful carrots and made the April Bloomfield recipe with roasted carrots, carrot pesto and a runny buratta on top.

flowersFresh flowers is a nice touch to the farmers market.

carHere is my fill up in the car.  Thinking about all the recipes for the weekend.   Looking forward to next weekend for another fill.

Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Yup–just shopping for what looks good then making dinner from whatever your brought home.Kinda wonderful–be it in Montauk or in Union Square.

  2. Jess Bachman

    Farmers markets are so soul soothing aren’t they.

    1. awaldstein

      They are also the only legitimate competition to Whole Foods in most urban areas, certainly in NY.

      1. Jess Bachman

        Well, Whole Foods does little to soothe my soul.

        1. Gotham Gal


        2. awaldstein

          Funny but they are what we have here and there was a time when there really wasn’t any real supermarkets at all.And for Lianna’s biz they are an important part.

  3. Ella Dyer

    Looks lovely; like our markets here in Nice. Come see us sometime and enjoy the budding startup community too.

  4. Meg Simon

    any local fish? going to be out east this weekend.

    1. Gotham Gal

      just bought some!!

  5. PhilipSugar

    You should visit the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake sometime during a summer. Very similar but it will take you back 50 years, so not as sophisticated.

  6. pointsnfigures

    Yum. Do the same each week in Chicago, and in Wisconsin, and in Michigan! Madison, Wisconsin has a massive farmers market around the capitol.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Love a farmers market

  7. Sofia Papastamelos

    Looks amazing! Wish I could get my hands on some raw milk for my cheesemaking.

    1. Gotham Gal