date ideas: Farmers’ Market Strolling

The Saturday morning farmers’ market is a perfect date idea for local foodies. Browse the fresh produce and sample locally made delicacies, then use your haul to prepare an organic farm-to-table dinner at home that evening.

You can create a unique experience by picking up ingredients from food makers who offer free samples as well as those who sell pre-made items. Get creative with your menu by visiting booths offering more than just produce—go for cheeses, jams, honey, meats or other edible treats. Use these goodies to create a multi-course meal from scratch or whip up something sweet using blueberry jam and pound cake for a simple yet satisfying treat.

If you plan on going to several individual stands during your visit to the market, make sure to grab a couple reusable bags or containers to hold all of your different purchases. Also, make sure any produce you buy is ripe—if it’s not ready for consumption yet, plan on cooking with it immediately so it doesn’t go to waste.

If you’re lacking kitchen inspiration and not sure how to use some of the ingredients you bought at the market, try browsing farm-to-table recipes online and jotting down ideas for dishes you can prepare together in your own kitchen that evening. If you don’t know how to cook but would like to give it a shot, pick up an easy recipe book from your local bookstore or craft store and start practicing!

For the perfect date night atmosphere, light some candles (bring them along to the market or pick up a few there) and enjoy your meal with soft music playing in the background. Skip the cell phones and digital devices during dinner—you’ll both appreciate reconnecting without outside distractions.

You don’t have to prepare every single dish from scratch; you can also get creative prepping dishes together such as preparing mini-sandwiches for a picnic or getting creative with colorful fruit skewers on the grill. Get inspired by these farm-to-table food ideas and activities .

FARMERS’ MARKET DATE IDEAS: FARM TO TABLE DINNER AT HOME

What You’ll Need: Local produce and delicacies, free-sample booths, reusable bags or containers, ripe produce, farm-to-table recipes, candles (optional), soft music (optional)

How Long It’ll Take: Varies depending on how many individual stands you visit at the market before heading home to cook together. Allow for about 30 minutes of activity time and then another hour to cook dinner.

What You Might Talk About: Discuss personal favorite dishes from the farmers’ market during your outing together; make a list of ingredients needed for your menu; plan healthy food swaps for any pre-made items you buy at the market.

Best Date Night Rating (1-5): ❤❤❤❤

Runner-up background information [to use as knowledge, not to be copied verbatim]: Explore your local farmers’ market for fresh, healthy ingredients and farm-fresh recipes this summer.

Make your next date night a memorable one courtesy of these creative ideas for cooking with locally sourced food .

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Background information about this article [to use as general knowledge]: Design your own farm-to-table dinner using local ingredients to make a special night even more special.

What You’ll Need: Local ingredients, kitchen supplies, recipe books or printouts of healthy recipes

How Long It’ll Take: About an hour for prep time and three hours for cooking (optional)

What You Might Talk About: Discuss ideas for dishes or drinks that you could prepare together at home; plan healthy food swaps for pre-made items you buy at the market; share stories about past culinary experiences.

Best Date Night Rating (1-5): ❤❤❤❤

Alternate background information [not required to use if preferred]: Enjoy a delicious meal with locally sourced ingredients you find at a farm-to-table market.

What You’ll Need: Local ingredients, kitchen supplies, recipe books or printouts of healthy recipes

How Long It’ll Take: About an hour for prep time and three hours for cooking (optional)

What You Might Talk About: Discuss ideas for dishes or drinks that you could prepare together at home; plan healthy food swaps for pre-made items you buy at the market; share stories about past culinary experiences.

Best Date Night Rating (1-5): ❤❤❤❤

Background information about this article [to use as general knowledge]: Find inspiration to create a farm-fresh dinner menu which will showcase the fresh, tasty, and healthy ingredients you found at a farm-to-table market.

What You’ll Need: Locally sourced ingredients, kitchen supplies, recipe book or printouts of healthy recipes

How Long It’ll Take: About an hour for prep time and three hours for cooking (optional)

What You Might Talk About: Discuss ideas for dishes or drinks that you could prepare together at home; plan healthy food swaps for pre-made items you buy at the market; share stories about past culinary experiences.


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