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5 Meals to Make Using Fresh Ingredients from the Concord Farmers Market

The tastiest and most exciting recipes to make often begin with most simple and healthy ingredients. Whether you’re looking for a new recipe to try out for a family dinner or you’re looking for a great excuse to get out and try some fresh, local ingredients, The Concord Farmers Market is your best bet for great food finds this summer!

At Havenwood Heritage Heights, we always want to encourage our community members to eat healthily while enjoying delicious food. Even if you aren’t the best chef, experimenting with great local ingredients can be inspiring and loads of fun.

Check Out the Concord Farmers Market This Summer

Every Saturday morning from 8:30 am to noon, The Concord Farmers Market sets up shop on Capitol Street next to the State House. With 50 different vendors to choose from, you’ll find a wide variety of local foods to inspire your next great recipe. Each weekend from May 6, 2017 to October 28, 2017, you can find a great selection of baked goods, meat, eggs, dairy, fruit, vegetables, fish, honey, maple products and more!

Many of the vendors offer certified-organic fare and if you look closely you may also find potted plants, fresh flowers, body care products and dog treats too! Shopping local is a great way to give back to the community and ensure that you are always cooking with the freshest local ingredients.

5 Fresh Meals to Make with Concord Farmers Market Ingredients

1) Roasted Salmon and Potatoes with Dill

Looking for a healthy alternative to meat and potatoes for dinner? Try oven roasting a local catch of fish with fingerling potatoes. Salmon fillets cook quickly and easily in the oven with little prep and are easily complimented by crisp and tasty baked potatoes. Garnish with fresh lemons, fresh dill and add your favorite summer drink to complete this tasty dinner recipe.

2) Lemon-Braised Artichokes

If you are interested in a delicious meal that requires little prep time, lemon-braised artichokes from the farmers market win every time. Preparation is simple with a bit of fresh lemon and the delicate aroma of fresh thyme to enhance the natural flavor of the artichoke. Don’t forget to use a good olive oil in your preparation and be sure to jazz it up with a bit of garlic and onion. Perfect for a quick meal after a long day shopping, this recipe is sure to become a favorite.

3) Spaghetti with Marinated Tomatoes

Summertime is the perfect season to add fresh tomatoes to your favorite recipes. With produce from our local Concord Farmers Market, you’ll be tempted to add fresh veggies to every meal. When you can find perfectly-ripened homegrown or organic tomatoes, you must add them to your favorite pasta dish. Throw in a few handfuls of fresh mozzarella and you’ve got a delicious dinner for two.

4) Broiled Asparagus

Asparagus makes for the perfect side dish to add on to your favorite summer meal. Whether you’re looking to sneak a few more vegetables into your diet or you love the idea of incorporating fast and easy dishes into your meal plan, broiled asparagus fresh from the farmers market is always a tasty idea. This 10-minute recipe calls for only 4 main ingredients but it is sure to leave a lasting impression at the dinner table!

5) Mint-Honeydew Ice

Skipping cold sweet treats during the summer months can be a difficult challenge but when you have a bounty from the Concord farmers market, there’s no need! This tasty mint-honeydew ice recipe is a creamy alternative to sorbet but won’t leave you feeling weighed down like an ice cream cone will. Sweet and refreshing, it will quickly become your go-to summer dessert.

Make the Most Out Your Summer at Havenwood Heritage Heights

With so many great activities taking place in around New Hampshire Concord this summer, it’s no wonder our residents love calling Concord home. Lots of summer fun is just around the corner if you know where to look! Want more information about great summer activities going on in the greater Concord area? Speak with the friendly team at Havenwood Heritage Heights for more great summer tips and be sure to schedule a tour of our continuing care retirement community today.