It’s the season for produce at its peak of freshness — and we’re all scooping it up from farm stands, farmers markets, and even our own gardens. Now that we’re swimming in all that freshness, we all need some creative new ideas to get it on the table. Farm Stand Recipes delivers more than 85 delightful ideas to do just that. Inside you’ll find fruit-and-veggie smoothies, frozen fruit pops, pickled veggies, melon drinks, root veggie favorites, fresh-topped homemade pizzas, and recipe roundups starring all-star summer veggies like corn, cukes, garlic, herbs, peaches, cherries, and beans. If you can find it, buy it, or grow it, we’ll show you how to cook it and preserve it!
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Frozen Fruit Pops • When bushels of berries and peaches ripen to sweet summer perfection, delight the kids (and kids at heart!) in your life with dazzling home-crafted ice pops.
We’re All Ears • Simple corn on the cob dripping with butter is always a treat, but these golden ears also have astonishing versatility. Here are five recipes that make the most of sweet corn season—plus learn how to freeze the harvest for later.
Viva the Nightshades • Deep purple eggplants, juicy tomatoes, tangy tomatillos, crisp peppers—nightshades are one of the most adored food plant families around the world. Celebrate their diversity with new ways to love this year’s harvest—grilled, stuffed, skewered, glazed, and more. Plus, find our tried-and-true formula for canning tomatoes.
The Pit Crew • Peak season for stonefruits—apricots, peaches, and plums—is upon us. Go sweet or go savory; bake them, blend them, or throw them on the grill. These juicy beauties make every dish taste like summer.
Fresh Cukes • As soon as the weather heats up, look for crisp, cool-as-can-be cucumbers to pop up in markets. Get fresh with these summer beauties in creative salads, spicy kimchi, and silky-smooth gazpacho.
All in the Cabbage Family • Each member of this incredibly diverse veggie family has specialized edible parts, including roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and more. But one thing they each have in common? All are cultivars of a single plant and potent sources of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Here are some new ways to bring this family to yours any (or every!) night of the week.
Cherries On Top • Plump, juicy cherries are superstars of summer fruit. We love their flexibility in the kitchen, shining brilliantly in both sweet and savory dishes.
Herbs, Cubed • Use your ice cube tray to turn farm-fresh herbs into preportioned parcels of intense flavor. When you’re ready, pull a cube from the freezer and add a spark of summery gusto to dinner.
Crop-Top Pizzas • Level up your next pizza—literally! For a delicious dinner mash-up, pile your pie sky-high with crisp, farm-fresh greens and robust dressings. These pizza-salad combos strike the perfect balance between cheesy indulgence and veggieful nutrition.
Happy Together Smoothies • To make your morning smoothies sparkle brighter than ever, follow the color cues. When a blender works its magic on chromatically coordinated fruits and veggies, the results are both delicious and beautiful. Try our matchups, then get creative with your own fruit-and-veg combos.
The Beans of Summer • Locally grown, fresh-pickedbeans are a summer specialty. Seek out young, crisp green beans early in the season, then get cooking with heartier, more mature shelling beans as the heat rolls on.
Go for the Garlic • Let’s indulge in our love for this potent allium. Roast it up for a sweet-savory garlic jam, pack the cloves into a pickle jar, or bring out its amazing caramel-like flavors in slow-simmered garlic confit.
Let’s Dig It • For dishes that sing sweet and savory notes all the way to the dinner table, dig a little deeper. Here are six...