5 Dishes to Make With Your Kids Using Foods From the Farmers Market

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strawberry rhubarb crumbleNow that it's spring we're starting to see a trickle of fresh, new spring fruits and vegetables at the farmer's market. My local market ran through the winter mostly with cold-weather staples like apples and squash. And I'm sick of them! I'm so done with potatoes and butternut squash soup. Anyone else?

We're still a few months away from the full farmer's market bounty you get in the summer (except for you lucky people in warmer climates). Spring is more a time for planting than for harvesting. But this is still a fun time to check out what's new and cook with the little gifts of spring. Here are five meal ideas you can make with your kids.

1. Mixed microgreens salads. Lettuce, kale, and other greens are some of the first foods that pop up in the spring. They like cold weather! I think it's fun to gather little handfuls of several different kind of microgreens (smaller, younger version of plants) and toss them together with herbs like parsley. Your kids may have their favorite salad dressing, but a super easy dressing I like is just olive oil, honey, and lemon juice shaken together in a jam jar.

2. Roasted balsamic asparagus. Asparagus is kind of a funky vegetable. Most kids I know aren't into it, so this may be one of those dishes they take a little "no thank you" bite of just to build familiarity. But roasting mellows the asparagus to make it easier to take. Just wash stalks, toss with balsamic vinegar, and roast until tender. Then I'll grate long slices of Parmesan cheese over it all. The roasting and balsamic vinegar bring out the sweetness in the asparagus.

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3. Minty peas. My son learned how to shell peas as a toddler, and it's still one of my favorite chores to give him. Fresh peas are a real treat if you're used to frozen. After shelling, just boil until tender, drain, and toss with butter and chopped fresh mint leaves (not peppermint).

4. Steamed artichokes by the petal. Sure, we love a rich, creamy artichoke dip. But in the spring when artichokes begin their season, try something lighter and simpler. Steam whole artichokes (see directions for trimming artichokes) and melt some butter in little dishes. Then pull off a "petal" at a time, dip into the butter, and scrape off the "meat" with your teeth. You won't believe how sweet artichokes taste when combined with butter.

5. Strawberry rhubarb crumble. The two famous fruits of spring, strawberries and rhubarb! They were made for each other. This strawberry rhubarb crumble is another recipe simple enough to make with your kids.

What foods do you look forward to in the spring?


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MammaSam MammaSam

They sound alright, but how are these kid friendly?,unless you've got a good eater, you may as well not push things like this. Goofy woman. Not saying we shouldn't try new things, but really? Kid friendly? You're delusional.

Katriena Young

I love artichokes!! And have since I was a kid. In fact I've loved veggies since I can remeber. My sisterson the other hand can't stand veggies, except corn. Mom had a rule that you had to eat as many veggies as you were old. Expamle: if you're 10 you have to eat 10 peices of carrot.

Bmat Bmat

I've done the artichoke and butter thing, it was delicious. I want to try roasting aparagus with balsamic. Thank you for the ideas.

Kayla... KaylaMillar

salads and grilling =)

Chari... Charizma77

Not sure my kids would eat any of that.  But it's worth a try.

timon95 timon95

sounds good, but not anything my kids would eat

RobynS RobynS

I can't wait 'til they start up the farmer's markets around here! Gotta get my little one cooking... she is my picky one and I think it might help if she was more involved in the process. :)

Bob192 Bob192

I am looking forward to all the fresh fruits and vegetables!!  Thanks for the ideas!!  I'm always looking for new things to try.

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