If you are looking for fresh, creative breakfast ideas, you can’t do better than the local farmers market. Who knows better about how best to use what’s fresh and available than the people who grow it? You need a day’s worth of energy in your breakfast, just like the farmers do. So, why not start your day by making a great breakfast with the ingredients you picked up at the local farmers market? Here are a few ideas to get you started making a nutritious and delicious morning meal.
A farmers market breakfast can start with anything. How about a plate of pancakes with chives, goat cheese, and fresh peas? Or you could try other herbs, vegetables, fresh greens, and specialty cheeses. You can even mix some pureed pumpkin or other squash into the batter.
If you’re looking for sweet instead of savory, or a combination of the two, try a selection of seasonal berries or fruit, then mix in fresh herbs to compliment. Peaches and rosemary are a good combination. You can add soft cheeses to fruit filled pancakes just as successfully as you can to savory pancakes. No matter what’s in season at your farmers market, you can find a way to include it in a pancake in the morning.
How about hash or a skillet meal…start by taking seasonal potatoes, scrub them or peel them, and cook them in a big pot of salted water just until knife tender. Drain the pot and let them cool, then dice them. You have the beginning to a hash skillet medley. Grab any fresh produce you brought home from the market; onions, peppers, zucchini, radishes, bush beans, rutabaga, turnips, carrots, kale, collards, etc.
Get your big skillet out, throw in some oil or butter or bacon and start frying. Get your potatoes in there, then start adding whatever you want and cook until potatoes are browned and the rest of the veggies are tender. You can top the skillet meal with some cheese, chili beans, shredded cooked meat, or even an egg or two. Whatever you add to the skillet, you’ve got a base straight from the farmer’s market.
The problem people have with crepes is that the batter is not the right consistency. Make sure the batter is thin enough to easily swirl around in the pan. If your batter looks like pancake batter in the bowl, it’s too thick. Find a good recipe for crepe batter or buy a pre-boxed mix. You can always switch to homemade once you get an idea of how crepe batter should look.
Once you have made your crepes, you’re ready for the filling. Lightly fried or grilled strips of zucchini with a soft herbed cheese makes a nice savory crepe. Seasonal fruit combined with a simple custard is a beautiful start to the day. Whether sweet or savory, crepes make breakfast just seem more special.
A trip through the local farmers market should give you plenty of inspiration for these three simple breakfast choices.