Kids Can Cook! Your Family Farmers Market Recipe Guide

Support farmers in southeast Michigan by shopping your local market and preparing these delish recipes that kids will love.

Time to dig into some farm-fresh recipes that make eating local a whole lot easier. Whether you choose to shop in Ann Arbor or Detroit, you can find local ingredients at a farmer’s market near you. 

Try out the Ann Arbor farmer’s market, which is located on Detroit Street and opens every Saturday with a supply of the freshest foods on the block. Vendors sell native plants, fruits and vegetables, plant-based prepared foods, nuts, and hot foods to all the local customers. 

If you’re looking for more, take a drive over to the Saline Farmers Market, or even the Ypsilanti Market for a gathering of more vendor products — and if you’re in the metro Detroit area, don’t skip the market in Royal Oak, or Detroit’s Eastern Market (be sure to check out our full list of farmers markets for more). 

At all of these places you can experience the gift-that-gives when it comes to giving back to your community — and accepting a tasty product in return! Then, after your visit, when the clock almost strikes dinner time, dish out one of these health-friendly recipes with your newly-purchased produce and let the kids take the lead with some of these lean-cuisine dishes that’ll teach them culinary skills. 

Caution: keep the knives away but the mixing bowl out to play! Play around with the crafty combos of these food formulas and see what you can make together by using some of the farm staple foods.

Off the Wal Salad with Asparagus

Asparagus Walnut Salad

Farm Fresh Ingredients: Asparagus, walnuts

Aspara-guess what’s for dinner tonight kids? Asparagus Walnut Salad! The green, lanky vegetables are back and better than ever, and this time, they are paired with their healthy, Omega-3 friend: The Walnut. 

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DIY Your Fungi Mushroom Poppers

Mushroom Popcorn

Farm Fresh Ingredients: Mushrooms, ginger

There’s always mush-ROOM for growth when it comes to your kid being a five-star cook! First, have them start small with their own mushroom growing kit. You can buy these individual plants and watch them grow into yummy, yet useful ingredients. This next recipe requires a little patience (for the growth of the mushroom) and a whole lot of fun when it comes to a truly DIY recipe. 

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Bruschetta from Heaven!

Italian Bruschetta On Sourdough Crostini

Farm Fresh Ingredients: Sourdough bread and heirloom tomatoes

Sandwiches are doooough last year. Bruschetta, however? The perfect open-face snack for a couple pick-me-ups before, or during a meal. Gather the kids and have them learn more about carbs — in both bread and vegetables — that can be used and tasted from their local market. A fresh batch of heirloom tomatoes and loaf of sourdough bread can do the trick for this simple bruschetta recipe.

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Chips! Kale Edition

Kale Chips

Farm Fresh Ingredients: Kale

If you picture kale just as a salad base, think again! These crispy and crunchy Kale chips are the perfect healthy substitute for a movie or pack-away snack. Light, tasty and ever-so-slightly popcorn-like, kale chips come in handy when the kids’ hands are reaching in the pantry. 

While chopping away at the greens, feel free to mention how kale is a nutritional powerhouse when it comes to vegetables. Each little leaf is full of antioxidants, digestive enzymes and sneaky protein that’ll kickstart great health for the day. Leave the rest behind and chop up this guilt-free kale snack. 

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Oat-My! Apple Cakes.

Oatmeal Apple Pancakes

Farm fresh ingredients: Apples, oats

The Doctor called, he’s really happy with this recipe. Get in your apple a day, along with a hearty serving of oats to seal the deal for lasting energy. Whether it’s a morning delight or late-night snack, you can’t go wrong with these tasty pancakes. 

Farm fresh apples make the cakes not only fresh but feel-good as the proceeds support local. Decide on the oats and save the moats of tears as kids jump into this nourishing recipe.

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Knock-knock: A POPular summer treat is here!

Peach Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

Farm fresh ingredients: Strawberry, peaches, mint

The popular summer treat just got a whole lot cooler, and colder. Snatch up a batch of strawberries from your local farmer’s market, and grab the peaches, too. Kids will love the process of making these ice pops and eating them on a hot day. 

Make sure you buy a popsicle mold from your nearest convenient or grocery store as they are the key to this unique recipe. To take your fruit up a notch you can throw in some fresh mint, coconut, or (sneaky) protein powder to kickstart a smoothie-in-one. 

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