Monday, August 03, 2009

It's National Farmers Market Week - Celebrate with our Recipes!

MattThe sun is shining, farmers markets are at their peak offering the freshest fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, fishes, crafts, and more. Sounds like the right time to celebrate National Farmers Market Week!

To do our part, we'll be posting staff's favorite recipes using the best farmers market ingredients all week. First up is Hilde's Caprese salad!

Once tomato season hits, I pretty much eat this salad daily. With more and more farmers markets vending fresh mozzarella, it is a one-stop shop recipe that never disappoints.

Caprese Salad

Serves 4-6.

5 medium tomatoes or 5 cups mixed size tomatoes, including baby and pear varieties
1 cup fresh mozzarella cut into chunks
1 loose cup fresh basil, sliced into ribbons
4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt to taste

Cut the larger tomatoes into chunks. Place tomatoes into serving bowl and add remaining ingredients. Gently toss. Season with pepper, and enjoy!

"Caprese Salad" photo courtesy of flickr user Sarah McGee through use of Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic license.


  1. I am still looking for fresh mozz from our central PA farmers...especially for recipes like this one! Looking forward to more great recipes this week...great way to celebrate National Farmers Market week!

  2. Cathy3:13 PM

    Beth I'm pretty sure I've seen it recently at Meyer Dairy.

  3. Thanks, Cathy...unfortunately (at least last I checked a month ago)...Meyer Dairy doesn't make their own cheese. They get it from other states. :( I still buy cheese there sometimes though...since it still supports them in a way. And, their chocolate milk is so crazy good!

  4. Anonymous12:49 PM

    FYI "Caprese" translates to "of the goat" Variations on the theme: add black Greek olives cut up (remove pits): use cherry tomatoes and/or "bocconcino's" which are tiny round mozzarella balls; if you cannot find mozz, use goat cheese; if no basil is available, use any lettuce or tarragon. What cannot be substituted is the Olive oil (VOO is stronger in flavor but will work in a pinch). Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper is a must!