GLENCOE – When summer rolls around it is easy to be inspired by the fresh and local snacking options across the North Shore. After spotting numerous farmers market signs around our area, I made a trip to the Glencoe French Market, where I was overwhelmed by the tantalizing fruits, veggies and treats supplied by local vendors.
Immediately dinner recipes popped into my head. While I consider myself a foodie, I decided to consult the wise vendors on their personal favorite dishes as well. No one knows the market goods better than the vendors themselves.
My first item of dinner-inspo was settled under a tent of mouth-watering baked goods. A crunchy French baguette caught my eye right off the bat as images of bruschetta danced in my head.
While I love traditional bruschetta, a Michigan-based vendor offered up the perfect addition to my idea—a crunch of fresh asparagus. She advised that boiling and chopping the asparagus before mixing it with the traditional bruschetta toppings would be a delicious remix. I grabbed a bunch of asparagus stalks and set out on my bruschetta shopping mission.
Lucky for me, basil leaves waiting to be minced were also supplied by the vendor, along with fresh garlic and ripe Roma tomatoes. All I needed was olive oil for drizzling and a squeeze of a juicy lemon.
I needed more than fresh bruschetta for my French Market dinner. One vendor offered a collection of delicious greens, ranging from red kale and romaine to baby spinach and arugula. I decided on a bit of each for a delicious mixed greens salad.
Alongside the lettuces sat a rainbow of fresh peppers. I would dice red and yellow peppers to add color to the salad. I grabbed a cucumber to throw in the mix. For the dressing, I snatched a hearty shallot to mix with olive oil and lemon for a light drizzle.
While this meal was shaping up to be both delicious and healthy, my sweet tooth was undeniable. Returning to the tent of baked good heaven, I asked the young vendor which of the sweet offerings was his favorite. He recommend the caramel apple crumb cake, and I was sold. It would be the perfect way to top off my homemade meal.
While my dinner plan was complete, I wasn’t finished at the market yet. I couldn’t leave without grabbing some of the fresh croissants for that morning, and they needed the perfect accompaniment. The wide selection of Radtke Farms’ jams, made in Michigan, was the perfect solution. I scooped up a red raspberry jam, the vendor’s personal favorite, and was on my way to impress my family with a deliciously fresh meal, perfect for summertime.
The Glencoe French Market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 10 to October 14 on the Wyman Green, 675 Village Ct., Glencoe. For a complete list of North Shore summertime markets, click here.
DailyNorthShore sent reporters to local farmers markets with an interesting assignment: In one visit, can you purchase enough for a complete, totally local, summertime feast? The above story is JWC Media intern Madeline Karnes’s account of her experience at the Glencoe French Market.