MILWAUKEE -- There's one in practically every town -- and they're a great way to enjoy the outdoors while doing your grocery shopping. Maggie Joos with The Real Good Life joins Real Milwaukee with three easy meals that can be made with items at Farmer's Markets now.
1. Cheese, spinach and tomato sandwich on Angelic Bakehouse bread with mixed greens (Shared Seasons Farms)
2. Cheesy stuffed portabellas (both mushrooms and sauce from River Valley Kitchens)
3. Easy grilled pork chops (Morningstar) with asparagus (river valley farms)
4. 'Kitchen sink frittata' - eggs from Shared Seasons, asparagus and mushrooms from RV Farms, cheese from Decatur dairy, sorrel from kaleidoscope farms)
Bonus - everyone knows the best part of the farmers market is what you can eat while you're there. This year, Maggie recommends trying the hand pies from Hatched or spring rolls from Funky Fresh Spring Rolls at the Wauwatosa Farmers Market.
- Just like the grocery store, farmers markets are great to buy ingredients to make your own meal from scratch or to find delicious shortcuts like frozen raviolis or bottled sauces.
- Prices are typically comparable to the grocery store since you're dealing directly with the farmer.
- Not all items are certified organic, but they are all grown in more traditional fashion where the farmer knows the animals and plants they are raising.
- Produce is seasonal, so its practically a whole new show every week
- Get to know the farmers and hear the stories behind the products, you might even get an invite to the farm!