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Fresh Finds: Celebrating Spring’s Bounty with Seasonal Produce

Welcome to the vibrant world of spring produce, where every trip to The Market is an adventure waiting to happen! As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, it’s time to celebrate the bounty of delicious fruits and veggies that spring brings our way. From juicy apricots to zesty limes, and everything in between, our produce aisle is bursting with vibrant colors and flavors just waiting to tantalize your taste buds.

But we know that picking out the perfect produce can sometimes feel like a daunting task. That’s why we’re here to help! Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure you’re selecting the freshest, tastiest fruits and veggies:

Look for vibrant colors: When choosing produce, opt for items that are bright and vibrant in color. This often indicates ripeness and freshness. For example, look for deep green broccoli or bright yellow lemons.

Check for firmness: Give your fruits and veggies a gentle squeeze to check for firmness. They should feel firm to the touch but not too hard or too soft. This is especially important for items like avocados and apricots.

Sniff it out: Don’t be afraid to give your produce a sniff! Fresh fruits and veggies should have a pleasant, natural aroma. If something smells off or overly ripe, it may be best to pass on it.

Consider seasonality: Take advantage of what’s in season! Seasonal produce is often at its peak freshness and flavor, so be sure to look for items that are in season during the spring months.

With each season offering its own bounty, there’s always something new to discover at The Market. Below you will find a list of some of the spring produce awaiting you in our aisles!

Family-Friendly Recipes: Meals That Everyone Will Love

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, finding recipes that please the whole family can be hard and stressful. To make mealtime easier and more enjoyable, we’ve curated a collection of our favorite kid-friendly recipes. These dishes are designed to bring smiles to faces, nourish growing bodies, and ensure everyone leaves the dinner table content and satisfied. And hey, while you’re gathering ingredients, why not shop at The Market? With our wide selection of local fresh produce, quality meats, and pantry staples, you’re sure to find everything you need to whip up these family favorites.

Baked Pecan Chicken Tenders

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 lbs chicken breast tenders or chicken strips
  • 2 cups raw pecan halves or pieces
  • 1 cup panko (or gluten free bread crumbs)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose (or gluten free flour blend)
  • 3 eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse pecans until fine as breadcrumbs. Mix pecans along with panko, garlic powder, cayenne and salt in a shallow bowl.
  3. In another shallow bowl, whisk eggs until smooth. And finally, in a third shallow bowl add flour.
  4. Lightly season chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Working with one chicken tender at a time, dip in eggs, flour, eggs, and then pecan mixture. (be sure to press the pecan mixture onto the chicken to be sure it is completely coated). Set chicken on a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack or parchment paper. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  5. Place chicken on center rack and bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Serve pecan chicken tenders warm with buttermilk ranch. Enjoy!

The original recipe can be found here.

Veggie Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cups fresh cauliflowerets
  • 3 large carrots, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook macaroni according to package directions, adding broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and celery during the last 6 minutes of cooking. Drain; transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat; saute onion until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in milk and broth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes; stir in cheese, mustard, salt and pepper.
  3. Add sauce to macaroni mixture, stirring to coat; sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, until heated through, 15-20 minutes.

The original recipe can be found here.

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, or 2 cups chopped cooked chicken, such as rotisserie chicken
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth, or one 14.5 ounce can broth plus enough water to make 2 cups liquid total
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice, rinsed well and drained, do NOT substitute other kinds of rice
  • 1 ½ pounds fresh broccoli crowns, cut into bite-size pieces, about 6 cups
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 8 ounces, divided

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. (Skip this step if using leftover cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken.) Cut the chicken breasts into small bite-size pieces. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven pot or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped chicken to the pan and cook until cooked through, then transfer the cooked chicken pieces to a clean plate.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the butter to the pot. Once melted, add the onion and cook, until softened, about 3 minutes, scraping up browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Then add the garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the chicken broth, paprika, salt, pepper and uncooked rice to the skillet. Stir and bring to a boil. As soon as it comes to a boil, place the chopped broccoli on top (do not stir it in). Reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes without lifting the lid. After 10 minutes, check that all of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice. If not, continue cooking with the lid on until all liquid is absorbed. It’s ok if the broccoli and rice aren’t quite tender yet, since they will cook more in the oven. Remove pan from the heat.
  5. Return the cooked chicken to the pan. Then stir in the milk, grated Parmesan and half of the cheddar cheese.
  6. Transfer to the greased baking dish. Top with the remaining cheddar cheese.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes, then uncover and bake for 5-10 minutes more until casserole is hot and bubbly.

The original recipe can be found here.

Cooking With Heart: A Recipe for American Heart Month

February is a month of love, and what better way to express love than by taking care of your heart? In honor of American Heart Month, we invite you to try this recipe that is not just a feast for the taste buds but a celebration of heart health. This recipe features succulent salmon with a delightfully refreshing citrus ginger honey glaze. So, join us in celebrating love and heart health this February, and let your shopping experience be a loving step toward prioritizing your well-being.

Citrus Ginger Honey Glazed Salmon with Whole Grain Rice and Sugar Snap Peas

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger (peeled, grated)
    OR
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1 clove fresh garlic (minced)
    OR
  • 1 teaspoon jarred, minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tsp fresh or jarred lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil (or 6-8 leaves) chopped
    OR
  • basil
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless salmon (cut into 4 – 4 oz. filets)
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 cup fresh sugar snap peas
  • 8 lemons (thinly sliced)
  • aluminum foil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450° F. In a large bowl, combine ginger, garlic, vegetable oil, soy sauce, honey, lemon juice and basil and add fish. Marinate in refrigerator for 10 minutes.

Prepare rice according to instructions on package, excluding any salt or oil.

Cut 8 pieces of aluminum foil; wide enough to fit one piece of salmon and ½ cup of snap peas.

Remove fish from marinade and discard remaining marinade. Arrange lemon slices on top and bottom of fish filet. Place one fish filet and half of snap peas together on one piece of parchment. Cover with another piece of foil and tightly fold together top and bottom edges of foil to create a seal to the steaming pouch. Repeat for second portion. Place on baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.

Carefully cut open pouch and remove contents. Put salmon and snap peas over rice and serve.

The original recipe can be found here.

New Year, New Pantry: A Guide to Stocking Up on Healthy Staples at The Market

As the new year unfolds, there’s no better time to revitalize your kitchen and embrace a healthier lifestyle. At The Market, we’re excited to guide you on a journey of transforming your pantry into a hub of nourishment and wellness. Join us as we explore the essential steps to stocking up on wholesome staples that will elevate your cooking and support your well-being.

The Essentials

Kickstart your pantry makeover by focusing on foundational items that form the basis of nutritious meals. From whole grains and legumes to heart-healthy oils, The Market is here to ensure your pantry is packed with goodness.

Fresh Produce

If you’ve been here a while, you know we like to boast about our vibrant and abundantly stocked produce section at The Market. Beyond its visual appeal, it’s worth noting that, as you’re already aware, fruits and vegetables serve as essential nutrient powerhouses for a wholesome diet. On your next grocery run, make it a mission to fill your cart with a variety of different colors. From vibrant reds of ripe tomatoes, to the lush greens of crisp spinach, and the sunny yellows of sweet bell peppers – The Market has everything you need to create a rainbow on your plate! 

Smart Snacking

Indulge your snack cravings without the guilt! We all know that sometimes the snack attack hits, but here at The Market, we’re flipping the script – snacking doesn’t have to be an indulgence; it can be a source of nourishment. From nutrient-packed nuts and seeds to wholesome crackers and dips, we have snacks that transform your munching moments into delicious and nutritious experiences.

From our bountiful produce section that bursts with colors to the nutrient-packed snacks that redefine indulgence, your journey to a well-stocked and wholesome pantry begins here at The Market!

DIY Gifts from the Kitchen: The Market’s Homemade Holiday Treats

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to spread joy than with heartfelt, homemade gifts from your kitchen? At The Market, we believe in the power of sharing good food and the joy it brings to our loved ones. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through creating delightful DIY gifts for everyone on your list using quality ingredients you can find right here at The Market. Happy gifting!

For the kids: Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar

Spread smiles this season with the gift of Magic Hot Cocoa Mix. This is a delightful gift for the cocoa connoisseur in your life, especially the pint-sized ones with a sweet tooth! Packed in a jar, it’s a hot chocolate party waiting to happen.

Full instructions and ingredients for this chocolatey gift can be found here.

For the Family: Signature Jam or Preserve

This holiday season, gift a jar of homemade sweetness with DIY Jam! Crafted with love, this is your ticket to creating a delectable jar of fruity goodness for the ones who matter most—your family. Whether it’s a classic strawberry jam or a daring blend of mixed berries, the choice is yours.

Full instructions and ingredients for this spreadable fruity gift can be found here.

For the Neighbors: Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

This season, delight your neighbors with a taste of warmth and cheer! Cinnamon Sugar Cookies are your secret ingredient to spreading holiday joy (even to the Scrooge next door). Your neighbors will thank you for the sweet surprise, and every bite will be a reminder of the warmth you’ve shared this holiday season.

Full instructions and ingredients for this sweet classic cookie can be found here.

For your BFF: Rosé Gummies

This holiday season, treat your BFF to a taste of festive floral magic with homemade Rosé Gummies. This gift of holiday spirit(s) squished into a gummy bear is the ultimate collision of the candies we devoured as kids (and, let’s be real, still do) but an adult version. Cheers to your BFF with this creative boozy gift!

Full instructions and ingredients for this bottle poppin’ candy can be found here.

This holiday season, let the spirit of giving shine through with these delightful DIY gifts from The Market. Whether you’re poppin’ bottles for Rosé gummies, baking a batch of cookies, or crafting jars of hot cocoa, the love and care you put into these creations will surely be appreciated by friends and family. Visit The Market to find the finest ingredients for your homemade gifts, and make this holiday season a celebration of good food, warmth, and shared moments. Happy holidays from The Market!

5 Creative Thanksgiving Sides that Will Outshine the Turkey

This Thanksgiving, don’t settle for the ordinary. These five creative Thanksgiving sides are ready to take your holiday meal to a whole new level. From a spicy kick to the creamy indulgence, these dishes are sure to outshine the turkey and become the stars of your Thanksgiving feast. So, stop in to The Market and gather your ingredients, follow the recipes, and get ready to impress your loved ones with a memorable and mouthwatering Thanksgiving meal.

1. Jalapeño-Cheddar Corn Pudding

Craving a dish that’s creamy, cheesy, and a little bit spicy? Look no further! Try this Jalapeño-Cheddar Corn Pudding, inspired by Chrissy Teigen. This recipe is a flavor-packed journey for your taste buds.

Try the Recipe

2. Roasted Mushrooms With Browned Butter, Garlic, and Thyme

Elevate your mushroom game with this Roasted Mushrooms with Browned Butter, Garlic, and Thyme. The richness of mushrooms paired with the browned butter, garlic, and fresh thyme makes for an unforgettable dish.

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3. Crispy Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

Experience comfort food like never before with our Crispy Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes. This recipe will transport you to a world of crispy perfection and aromatic rosemary.

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4. Creamed Brussels Sprouts

Even Brussel Sprouts deserve love on this feasting holiday. These little green gems are transformed into a side dish that’s pure comfort on a plate.

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5. Baked Mac And Cheese With Bacon

Indulge in the irresistible pairing of creamy cheese, perfectly cooked pasta, and savory bacon. This dish will have you savoring every bite of this classic favorite with a delightful twist.

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Playmaker’s Grocery List

Lions🦁, Broncos🐴, Bears🐻 oh my!

Tailgating season is in full swing. Whether you are loading the car up and tailgating at the stadium, or you’re throwing a party at home. Getting ready for your tailgating party can be a lot of work. No matter who you’re cheering for when Sunday rolls around, The Market is here to make it easy for you. Check out our ultimate Playmaker’s Grocery List to make sure you don’t fumble a single thing!

Chips
VeggiesDip
Cheese and Crackers
Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Hot Dogs and Buns
Condiments
Cupcakes
Cookies
Variety of pop
Paper products
Plastic utensils
Coolers with ice
Folding table and folding chairs
Plastic tablecloth
Portable grill, plus propane or charcoal and lighter fluid
Matches or lighter
Grilling utensils
Meat thermometer
Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
Trash bags/cans
Coolers with ice

Fall at The Market

As the leaves begin to fall, we know that another summer has come and gone. But here at The Market, we love the crisp coldness in the air, the colors of leaves, and how everything you make and eat gives you a warm and cozy feeling. The changing of the seasons also means changing of fresh produce! Here at The Market, we are committed to the towns we serve and that starts with high-quality, in-season produce. So here is a seasonal guide of some obvious and not-so-obvious fall goodies to add to your next grocery list!

Build Your Own Charcuterie Board

By now, you’ve seen charcuterie boards either at a party, wedding, or all over Instagram! These trendy appetizers are AMAZING, but can also be a little daunting to create. Charcuterie is the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products. But, many people use the term charcuterie to refer to an assortment of meats that are paired with different accompaniments, such as toast, fruit, cheese, and sauces.

A beautiful charcuterie board is a statement piece and a time-saver, since it typically requires little to no cooking. It only takes a few minutes to assemble and you don’t need to be an expert food stylist.

Here at The Market, we want to break down exactly what you’ll need to be on your way to create your own impressive board. The perfect appetizer for any party!

Alright, before we start, let’s talk about the actual board itself. Here’s the thing, you can use whatever size/shape you want. So get creative with what you already have in your home; a clean and flat surface is all you really need!

Next comes the food. The key to a good charcuterie board is doing what you want. Choose all your favorite ingredients and whatever you think your guests will love. Start of with a couple different meats, different textures of cheeses, and then the extras! Below we have listed some of the popular choices to help you build your board:

Meat: dry-cured pork, bresaola, salami, and mortadella.

Cheese: brie, havarti, cheddar, gouda, gruyère, burrata, goat cheese, fresh ricotta… (literally any cheese, the list goes on)

Extras: pickles, olives, spreads, jams, nuts, fruits, veggies, crackers, chocolate and if you want to get a little fancy honey is always a great touch.

Once you have all the yummy ingredients, its time to build. Place your cheeses, cut and fold the meat, and sprinkle around the extras and just like that, you have your own gorgeous charcuterie board! If you take it step by step, it doesn’t have to be scary. You’ll be ready to rock your next party. Enjoy!

We you covered with all the tasty ingredients to build the perfect board for your next party (or just a fancy snack for one). Stop by and pick up some of your perfect pairings on your next trip to The Market.

Switching Up Summer S’mores

Picture this. It’s a perfect summer night, you and your family and friends are gathered around the campfire. But there is one thing missing… S’MORES! Making s’mores to wrap up a long day in the sun just seems to hit different. The fun thing about s’mores is there are so many different ways to mix it up from the classic chocolate, marshmallow, graham cracker combo, to something more creative like throwing in some Nutella for a gooier and creamier bite! Next time you’re preparing for an epic night around the campfire, stop at The Market and load up on some of these out-of-the-box combinations to make your summer nights even more unforgettable!

Peanut Butter Lovers🥜

Whether you like your PB creamy or crunchy, smear your favorite on a graham cracker. Ditch the classic chocolate for a peanut butter cup and toast up your mallow. One bite of this peanut butter dream, and it will become a new favorite!

Berry Bliss🍓

This one is for people who like to keep it cool on a hot night. Grab your classic graham cracker but ditch the flame. Load up with your choice of marshmallow fluff or cool whip, and top with your favorite berries. Smash together and enjoy this cool sweet-tart treat!

Cookie Monster🍪

Grab your favorite kind of cookie and ditch the graham cracker. Layer your s’more as you normally would, but instead, make a yummy cookie sandwich. While eating, you will feel obligated to say “Om Nom Nom Nom”!

Nutella Dream😋

Leave the boring chocolate in the wrapper for this concoction! Load up your graham with some creamy hazelnut spread, smash your toasted marshmallow down, and bite into the gooiest bite of s’more you’ve ever had!

Next time you’re gathered around the fire, try one or all or even make up your own! Snap a picture and make sure to tag @mymarketstores so we can see all of your campfire creations!