End of Summer Market Picks

While I’m having a hard time accepting that summer is coming to a close (it's technically not fall until September 22), I do appreciate the abundance of produce at the late summer farmer’s markets. Here are my picks for this month with recipes from local food bloggers.

Nothing tastes more like summer than a freshly peeled peach. Look for smooth, unblemished skins and eat fresh with juices dripping down chin!

If you have abundance, bake them into pie, crisps or this drunken peach galette.

Peach ice cream is the perfect finish at end-of-summer BBQs.

Paired with tomatoes, this salad is lovely for entertaining.

Choose zucchini with deeply colored skins and make sure they are firm. While ones mind immediately turns to zucchini loaf, if you find yourself with an abundance of zucchini, you'll appreciate this variety:

Cumin Spiced Zucchini 

Zucchini layered "lasagna" (no pasta)

Bruschetta topping

Fried Zucchini Cakes

Pick potatoes that have smooth skins with no flaking. New potatoes don't store well so be sure to use them up within a week or two.

Boil a handful for nicoise salad or slice in half and roast with olive oil and salt for a simple, but delicious side dish. Also try experimenting with different cultures: Ukrainian-styled or Bombay-styled

For best corn, feel the tip of the cob for a flat end versus pointed. If it's pointed, the kernels on the end still have not formed.

Grill or boil cobs and slather with butter, or cut kernels off and use in salads such as this warm potato salad or grilled summer salad.

What's your favorite end-of-summer market pick?

*pictures by Callie Derksen