Summer may be winding down, but the produce is ramping up!

This is our last market day in August!  Summer seems to be winding down, Labor Day BBQ plans are being made, and school resumes soon, but our local gardens are really ramping up their production!

Try out this fresh pesto recipe, using ingredients you can purchase at the market this weekend!

Market Fresh Kale & Basil Pesto

This flavorful pesto is made with fresh kale, basil, pine nuts, walnuts and extra-virgin olive oil.

  • 2 cups kale (approx. 1/2 bunch)
  • 1 cup fresh basil (approx. 1 bunch)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts*
  • 1/4 cup walnuts*
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 to 2 TBSP nutritional yeast (optional)*
  • sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or to taste)

To make the pesto, first clean, dry and remove the stems from the kale and basil. In a food processor, purée the kale, then remove and set aside.

Next, purée the garlic. Add the pine nuts and walnuts and pulse a few times. Then, add the puréed kale & the basil and pulse a few more times.

Once you reach the desired consistency, start to drizzle in a bit of olive oil. Ultimately, you can add as much or as little olive oil as you like.

Taste for seasoning, adding nutritional yeast, salt and pepper to taste. Note that the nutritional yeast is optional, but it does add a nice cheesy flavor to the pesto.

The pesto will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator, but it will be at its best and brightest if used immediately. Alternatively, it can be frozen for later use.

*Note: You can use any nut or combination of nuts you like – almonds, pine nuts, walnuts all work well (I like cashews!) For a nut-free version, omit nuts or use sunflower seeds instead! Parmesan cheese may be used in place of the nutritional yeast.

Read more, and preview this weekend’s vendor lineup in our weekly newsletter HERE!

Speaking of Market Fresh Recipes… did you attend the 5th annual garlic festival? Remember all those free tasty bites at the sampling booth with Chefs Marc & Valerie? Well, here is their recipe collection! (Rumor is that garlic is still for sale these days in the Market, too!) Check it out: Recipe Collection for CFM 2019 Garlic Fest!

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