More ways to love farmer's market foods

Quick ideas and easy recipes for 14 favorite local crops

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farmers market basil
Photo and text by Kaitlin Louie

Basil

Basil has a bright, complex, and slightly anise flavor that enhances a wide array of summer fruits and vegetables. Try it with squash, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, berries, and stone fruits.

Quick idea No. 1: Sprinkle chopped basil on slices of vine-ripened tomatoes. Serve with goat cheese and cured olives. 

Quick idea No. 2: Toss cooked pasta with garlicky olive oil. While still hot, sprinkle liberally with chopped basil and grated parmesan cheese.

Recipe: Creamy Basil Zucchini Soup

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