Our love for Farmer’s Markets

CJ and I love farmer’s markets.  This love started from our exposure to the amazing Madison Farmer’s Market that is around the WI state capitol every Saturday in the summers.  From the many different farmer’s markets we have been to, no one has topped this one and if you are ever in Madison in the summer you should definitely check it out.  Get the cheesy hot bread because it’s divine!  The Ferry Building in San Francisco also has a wonderful farmer’s market and on the weekends it has cooking demonstrations, food trucks, great restaurants, ok you just really need to check that one out too if you are in the San Fran area please!!

Fortunately our neighborhood also has a farmer’s market every Thursday and Sunday for most of the year and no matter if it’s much smaller we love strolling around and looking at the produce, tasting samples and yes we are suckers and often get overpriced pickles, jerky and pastries just to name a few.

With the fresh produce from the market one recipe I love whipping together is quinoa and vegetable stir-fry.  I will be the first to admit my diet isn’t the healthiest, but this recipe is and it’s actually very delicious!

Quinoa Vegetable Stir-Fry

2.5 cups cooked quinoa
1 onion diced
1 yellow squash diced
2 fistfuls of green beans trimmed and cut into thirds
2 cups of mushrooms
extra virgin olive oil
low sodium soy sauce
oyster sauce (not necessary, i just love putting this on everything)


–  Cook quinoa according to directions on the package.  While cooking clean and cup up veggies.
–  Heat olive oil in a larget skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and cook until translucent, then add the remaining veggies.  Season with kosher salt, pepper and herbs of your liking (basil, thyme, red pepper flakes).  Add a splash of soy sauce (add more or less to your liking).  Continue cooking until tender.
–  Add cooked quinoa into the skillet and combine with veggies.
–  This can be served hot or cold.

This is hardly a recipe it’s so easy, but trust me it’s really good!!  Here’s some photos of myself at our local farmer’s market.  Plus I just think you can’t have a post without a few photos, right?!

IMG_0248 <<<can you believe we have been here just over a year!!!  here’s my prego self >>>

IMG_0967 <<<a year later we have a stroller and a baby, haha!  here i’m picking ingredients for my quinoa and veggie dish!>>>

IMG_2329                 IMG_2328

<<<these pickles were amazing!!  jerky was good too, but in 2 seconds we finished the bag….>>>

Here’s to a happy start of summer and enjoying our local farmer’s markets!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *