As summer heats up, more produce is in season. From berries and stone fruits to tomatoes and eggplants, here are 20+ Farmer’s Market Recipes for August to beat the heat this summer.
It is the dog days of summer here! That means the hottest days of the year. This phrase goes back to Roman times and referred to the days of the “dog star” which eventually became dog days. I’ve tried to keep the oven off for the most part with this round up of recipes but there’s something about bananas that requires banana bread!
Refreshing cocktails and dips start of this August recipe round up of farmer’s market recipes. It’s a great way to start of any backyard party. Or just a great way to relax after a hard day at work. For me, it’s a hot commute home that ends with walking the dogs in shifts. Meaning I walk them separately because the knee is not healed enough for me to walk them together. That’s twice the steps and twice the hot!
Blackberry simple syrup is the basis for this deliciously simple mixed drink. They’re rich enough to complement the flavor of the gin and ginger in this Blackberry Gin Mule.
Watermelon Basil Sangria is full of sweet watermelon, vibrant basil, and sweet rosé. It’s perfectly chilled with plenty of summer flavor to sit poolside, at a backyard party, or sitting on your deck after work.
Peachy Colada has simple ingredients and tastes perfectly delicious. Made with frozen peaches, 2 types of rum, and crema of coconut, it’s a refreshing summer colada you’ll enjoy.
This Watermelon Strawberry Martini has TONS of watermelon flavor with just a hint of strawberry to make it interesting.
Creamy avocado, sweet mango, and spicy jalapeno make this Sweet and Spicy Mango Guacamole irresistible.
There is a trick to getting super crispy Oven-Fried Green Beans that gives them a super crunchy fried taste without frying. It makes them a healthier version of the popular appetizer….and no it’s not an air fryer!
This sweet and spicy Kentucky gem comes from my Nana! Hot Pepper Jelly is a family favorite that was served for every Derby Party at our house. This small batch will make about 3 half pint jars
Marinated Green Beans are a simple and delicious make ahead side dish that tastes better the longer it marinates. Made with a simple balsamic vinaigrette, it’s a recipe your backyard barbecue guests will love!
The sweet kiwi and the creamy avocado pair well with the jalapeno in this delicious guacamole. Kiwi Guacamole is addictively delicious and perfect for summer nibbles.
Irish Buttered Carrots, also called (Slieve Na Mbam) is a simple dish that tastes delicious. Simmered in milk and butter, they’re sweet, butter, and packed with flavor.
Eggplants and tomatoes are in full swing right now! This delicious eggplant Parmesan oven fries the eggplant before topping with sauce and cheese. You can also try making my eggplant rollantini if you prefer. It’s requires less oven time! Or try this Ginger Pork and Eggplant Stir-Fry.
Hearty eggplant is baked with panko until extra crispy. Then it’s topped with delicious, roasted tomato marinara and mozzarella cheese served over whole wheat pasta. This Baked Eggplant Parmesan can’t get any more heart healthy.
Delicious heirloom tomatoes top creamy, baked ricotta in this Rustic Tomato Ricotta Tart. You WILL want to make this all summer.
This Blistered Tomato Pasta with Chicken is simple yet packed with complex flavors. It’s perfect for a weeknight or a dinner for guests.
Onions are popping up in my farmer’s markets. I like the sweet flavor of caramelized onions on pizza and on burgers. They celebrate the delicate flavor onions have when they’re sauteed slow until golden and almost like candy.
Steak and Caramelized Onion Pizza is simple to make. The steak is cooked on the pizza which makes it tender and delicious with the caramelized onions.
The caramelized onions make this French Onion Soup Burger over the top. It’s a labor of love but makes for one killer burger.
Let your slow cooker do the work with this delicious chilindron style stew. Slow Cooker Red Pepper Stew is a Spanish version of a cacciatore so make sure to get creative to use what you have on hand!
Banana Thumbprint Donuts are sweet and packed with banana flavor. The thumbprint has a cream cheese and peanut butter filling making this donut irresistible.
Carrot Cake Loaf has all the flavors of carrot cake in a quick bread loaf. It’s moist, full of spices, and super easy to make.
Chai Banana Bread is moist, delicious, and full of chai spice flavors. It’s buttery, sweet, and irresistible.
Stone fruits are synonymous with summer! Juicy sweet peaches, plums, cherries, and pluots are irresistible in the heat of summer. These fruits are perfect for cobblers, pies, crisps, waffles and tarts. Yes, I bet you didn’t think of waffles. I did and they’re so delicious.
Peach Liège Waffles are a rich, yeast waffle that’s more bread than waffle. They’re lightly sweet and packed with ripe peaches.
Rustic Pluot Ricotta Tart is a quick, delicious, and elegant dessert that highlights these delicious stone fruits.