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Farmers Market Inspired Menu + Gathering

The summer entertaining season is upon us – at last it is time to open the windows, brush off the patio and invite your neighbors over for dinner outdoors. Time to raid the garden, or local market, for seasonal produce just off the vine and bunches of the freshest herbs available. Time to create a menu inspired by farmers market finds that not only wows your guests, but also minimizes time in the kitchen and maximizes time spent with friends around the table.


No summertime menu is complete without tomatoes. Tomatoes are a must have. Even with the smallest of gardens, you can grow at least one heirloom variety – if you are not blessed with a green thumb, not to worry, your local market most likely will carry more than enough to keep you stocked for the season. And to bring out the best in these gems of the garden – fresh herbs aplenty!

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know I am all about outdoor entertaining, easy recipes and setting a gorgeous table, so I was floored when I recently came across the Tomato Cocoette from Staub which allowed me to have all three in one chic vessel! It’s the perfect container to cook and serve your farmers market inspired recipes. In fact, I was easily able to cook my Lemon + Baby Spinach Israeli Couscous and Tomatoes Provençale at one time, bring it from the oven to the table while keeping the food warm and also add that special piece to engage my guests in conversation while I was finishing up the remainder of the meal preparation.






Disclosure: I have been selected by the International Housewares Association to be a contributor for Inspired Home. While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions, recipes, photography, reviews and ideas are my own.


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21 Responses to Farmers Market Inspired Menu + Gathering

  1. Chari June 15, 2015 at 8:10 PM #

    This looks yummy! I bet my kids would love it!
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    • Krayl Funch June 16, 2015 at 7:45 PM #

      Kids, adults, neighbors! Everyone will love it.

  2. Kelly | Typically Simple June 14, 2015 at 10:05 PM #

    oh wow! This looks delicious. We just moved and have a farmer’s market near us now so I definitely need to pick up some tomatoes to try out this recipe!
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    • Krayl Funch June 16, 2015 at 7:46 PM #

      Kelly – I usually don’t like warm tomatoes but this has won me over!

  3. Shelly June 14, 2015 at 9:52 AM #

    The Lemon + Baby Spinach Israeli Couscous looks so delicious. I am a huge fan of couscous so I am always looking for different ways to try and incorporate it into meals.
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    • Krayl Funch June 16, 2015 at 7:47 PM #

      Me too! And you can’t really go wrong with these ingredients. Even if you quantities are off it is still awesome!

  4. Addie June 14, 2015 at 9:02 AM #

    That tomato dish looks so yummy!! Gotta check out those recipes 🙂 thanks!
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  5. Taylor S. June 13, 2015 at 12:29 PM #

    I absolutely love making trips to the farmer’s market! It’s so amazing what you can get for so cheap, plus it’s all SO FRESH. I’m growing tomatoes this year too and I can’t wait to start using them in my cooking!
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    • Krayl Funch June 16, 2015 at 7:48 PM #

      I can’t wait to some see what you make!!

  6. Jen K June 13, 2015 at 8:57 AM #

    Tomatoes are my favorite! I’m disappointed that our yard does not get any sun so I cannot grow my own. That recipe looks amazing and I’m going to try this this week while my mom is visiting. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Krayl Funch June 16, 2015 at 7:48 PM #

      Jen – please let me know how it goes!!

  7. Shelley Mc. June 12, 2015 at 10:17 PM #

    Interesting recipe and an encouragement that I need to patronize the farmers market some more.
    Have a great weekend.

  8. Sadie Lankford June 12, 2015 at 8:58 PM #

    Holy cow! This looks so delicious. My wife is cooking right now and I want to tell her to stop and make this instead!
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  9. Janeth Paez June 12, 2015 at 12:04 PM #

    These tomatoes look sooo good! My family and I always have tomatoes on hand, I’m going to make sure to print and try this recipe!
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    • Krayl Funch June 16, 2015 at 7:51 PM #

      Thank you Janeth! I love having tomatoes in the house!

  10. Roxanne June 12, 2015 at 9:17 AM #

    Your pictures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing…I am such a meal planner that I get overwhelmed at the Farmer’s markets. If they don’t have the ingredient I need I get frustrated. But, you’ve inspired me to give another try!
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    • Krayl Funch June 12, 2015 at 11:31 AM #

      Thank you Roxanne – take it slow. remember you don’t have to buy everything start with 2-3 veggies and 1-2 herbs then build on it!

  11. Kimberly Stroh June 12, 2015 at 9:16 AM #

    I I love tomatoes! There’s something so wonderful about biting into a fresh tomatoe. This is my 1st year trying to grow them.

    • Krayl Funch June 12, 2015 at 11:30 AM #

      Best of luck in the garden! Tomatoes are so rewarding to grow!

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