Enhancing Farmer's Market Fare

• 09 July 2012

A couple of days ago our family stopped by the Salt Lake City Farmer's Market to pick up a few things to make for dinner that evening.  I'd promised my in-laws a vegetarian farm-to-table meal and was excited to see what I could find.  I made no plans for a menu prior to stopping by and decided to leave room for inspiration.  If you haven't visited the farmer's market in downtown SLC, it's a good one to put on the docket.  It's large, easy-to-navigate, diverse in product offerings and reasonably priced.  They even accept food stamps, which I think is a fantastic idea.  

After filling my bags with herbs, vegetables, and cherries, I headed home to start piecing the meal together.  Since my in-laws just returned from a three-year religious mission in the Netherlands, their cupboards were pretty bare.  I decided to keep things super simple by using two basic ingredients--good olive oil and good sea salt--to enhance the produce I picked up that day.  My favorite sea salt is "sel gris", French gray sea salt.  It isn't as fancy as fleur de sel (which I also love), but it's packed with flavor.  I've shared it with many friends and have them all addicted to it now as well!  As we sat down to eat our dinner together (al fresco since it was a gorgeous evening), I was reminded that it really just takes a couple of good ingredients in the pantry to boost a meal. 

I know many of you are enjoying your local farmer's market right now as well.  What do you like to make with the produce you pick up?  How do you keep things simple and delicious?  I'd love to know... 

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