Fresh Ideas at the Everett Farmers’ Market

In the Pacific Northwest we take special pride in local foods. Our farmers’ markets are robust with music, tasty treats, colorful produce, and fresh foods. This past Sunday Sound Dietitians enjoyed a day at the Everett Farmers’ Market at the Port of Everett. Despite the clouds that blanketed the sky and a light mist of rain, true Pacific Northwesterners joined us in a beautiful day at the market.

In collaboration with Sno-Isle Co-Op and the Everett Farmers’ Market, we were able to meet market patrons to spread information about the local co-op and nutrition education regarding portion sizes, when to see a dietitian, and most deliciously… recipes! These recipes were constructed with seasonal and vendor inspired ingredients.

Ever heard of garlic scapes? These are the green and edible tops of young garlic.

Another recipe features fresh pasta.  At the market, find creative pastas such as red pepper or nettle fettuccine. Take a peek at some of the great recipes below!

Spicy Spring Green Mix with Sliced Radishes
Wash and dry greens. Wash and slice radishes. Top with your favorite dressing or make your own.

Easy Vinaigrette: ¼ cup vegetable oil, ¼ cup vinegar or lemon juice, 1 tsp fresh minced oregano, 1 minced garlic clove or 2 tsp minced garlic scapes, salt & pepper to taste

Fresh Pasta
Start water boiling in a large pot. Cook your favorite pasta according to the directions on the package. Fresh pasta cooks very fast (2-3 min)! Drain and toss with sautéed asparagus and garlic scapes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with fresh crumbled Feta Cheese.

Check out more recipes at “Sound Dietitians Blog” a place for our consultant Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) to share nutrition science, yummy and healthy recipes, tips on seasonal ingredients, and other nutritional musings. Enjoy!  Megan Ellison, MS, RD, CDE