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Eating local produce not only supports the community, but it’s more nutritious, delicious and promotes a safer food supply! Take advantage of Western New York’s fresh and bountiful harvest during the fall and winter seasons by heading to your local farmers’ market. There’s nothing better than cooking a delicious homemade meal with ingredients from the market! 

Here are some of our favorite fall and winter farmers’ market recipes:

Black Bean Butternut Squash Stew

This healthy stew is the perfect fall or winter comfort food, loaded with fresh farmers’ market veggies, hearty beans and greens, and savory spices!

Pumpkin Cauliflower Curry

This meat-free curry recipe is a tasty twist on the classic, creamy Asian dish. Fresh pumpkin and cauliflower bring in a subtle sweetness that pairs perfectly with the coconut milk and rice base.

Buttercup Squash Risotto

Buttercup squash makes delicious seasonal dishes, and this recipe is no exception! This risotto makes a great side when served with pork and greens.

Fennel and Potato Gratin

This winter farmers’ market recipe blends layered potato and fennel slices with milk, butter, cheese and spices for a delicious holiday casserole or the perfect dinner side dish.

Kale and Mustard Greens with Spicy Sausage

This spicy Cajun-style sausage dish is easy to make. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal! The recipe uses plenty of vegetables you’ll be able to buy from local farmers at the market.

Beet and Goat Cheese Quinoa Patties

These make a great vegetarian-friendly, healthy snack or entree side. The patties are a scrumptious blend of beets, spinach, potatoes, goat cheese and quinoa!

Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

This nutritious, plant-based take on the classic Irish comfort food is delicious, and surprisingly easy to make! The dish uses plenty of farmers’ market finds, like gold potatoes, carrots, celery and other seasonal vegetables!

Apple Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

You can’t go wrong with a healthy quinoa salad for lunch or dinner! This salad is filled with crunchy apples and pecans, roasted sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, shallots and quinoa, drizzled with maple syrup mustard dressing. 

Farmers’ Market Fall Minestrone

Fall and winter are the perfect seasons for a homemade bowl of soup, filled with butternut squash, carrots, cabbage and tomatoes from the farmers’ market!

Mushroom Tarte Tatin with Honey & Goat Cheese

This honey-drizzled mushroom and shallot-based pastry with sweet goat cheese is the perfect dish to bring to a holiday party, or to enjoy at home as an appetizer!

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