Our family is committed to buying local, especially locally grown foods. Every summer, we take full advantage of the Salem Farmers’ Market, just minutes from our home. With gorgeous sunny weather and the farmers’ market hours lining up perfectly for when Larry gets home from the train, taking Judah on his first trip to the farmers’ market made for a great summer outing with baby! Read more for all the fun, plus our special Rustic Farmers’ Market Pasta Recipe!
Farmers' Market Follies with Baby!
Looking for some fun summer activities for babies? Head on over to your local farmers’ market for a sunny outing with baby while supporting your community!
The Bumpy Journey
Living in a colonial city that’s nearly 400 years old, the brick sidewalks can be a bit bumpy. Judah got jostled around a bit on our walk to the farmers’ market, but didn’t seem to mind too much.
The Salem Farmers' Market
Our farmers’ market is as rich in history as it is in delicious, locally grown produce: the Salem Farmers’ Market is a local tradition that dates all the way back to 1634!
Fresh Farm Produce for a Song
Larry picks up all manner of fresh veggies and herbs from a farm just 30 miles from where we live. And since it was close to the end of the market hours, we scored some great deals.
With so many choices of delicious handmade pasta, from Spicy Sriracha Spaghettini to Lemon Basil Linguine it was hard to pick just one. We settled on a bright green Spinach Fettuccine for our dinner.
Farmers' Market Fun for All Ages
Young or old, your local farmers’ market is a great place to meet up with members of your community. We even met another couple with a young baby who told me about a new moms’ group that meets locally, too!
The Baby and the Baguette
Is Judah bigger than a bread box? Not yet – but he’s getting there!
A Farmers' Market Feast
After a rousing afternoon, Larry and I enjoy a sumptuous rustic pasta dinner with local ingredients while Judah, clearly tuckered from all the excitement, takes a well-deserved nap.
We managed to make an entire meal from everything we bought at the farmers’ market that evening, for less than thirty dollars. We bought fresh spinach linguine from Valicenti Organico, a delicious sourdough loaf from Pain D’Avignon, all of our veggies from Long Hill Orchard and Farm and delicious grass-fed beef from Salem’s own Milk & Honey Green Grocer.
Rustic Farmers’ Market Pasta Recipe
Try to source as many items as you can from local vendors at your own community farmers’ markets!
- 1 lb fresh pasta
- 1 lb grass-fed, organic beef
- 1 loaf sourdough bread, sliced
- 1 bunch fresh parsley
- 3-4 large spring onions
- 3-4 large greenhouse or heirloom tomatoes
- 1 cup tomato sauce (if needed)
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and cracked pepper to taste
- Get a large pot of salted water boiling for your pasta. While waiting for water to boil, finely chop your onions and coarsely chop parsley.
- In a large saucepan, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil and sauté your chopped onions at medium high heat. When the onions have just begun to sweat, add in your ground beef.
- When beef is nearly done, add in your chopped parsley and allow to wilt, stirring occasionally.
- Crush tomatoes by hand and add to beef and onions; you may chop them into large chunks if it’s easier first. Stir. If you want a slightly denser sauce, add up to 1 cup of tomato sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Toast a few slices of sourdough bread as you add the fresh pasta to the boiling water.
- Boil pasta for 5 minutes maximum; using tongs, transfer pasta from boiling water to your saucepan and gently stir the pasta into the sauce, allowing the pasta to finish cooking in the sauce.
- Take out sourdough toast and lightly brush slices with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Lightly sprinkle some salt on each slice.
- Serve immediately and enjoy. Makes four generous servings.