Apr 29

Farmer’s Market Stir Fry Recipe that is Easy and Delicious

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Farmer’s Market Stir Fry

A farmer’s market provides a terrific way to incorporate locally-grown produce into your at-home-menu. The produce is both very fresh and very local (which supports local farms and backyards and reduces emissions and other negative effects of importing produce).

When there was a farmer’s market in our neighbourhood, my children and I used to go every Thursday afternoon. It was a great opportunity to connect with our neighbours and get to know local growers.  We always bought our greens from a lovely woman named Gail. “Gail’s good greens” always ended up in this stir-fry after our farmer’s market visit.

Farmer's Market Stir Fry Recipe

Farmer’s Market Stir Fry Recipe

Here is our recipe for the sauce:

¾ cup chicken broth

3 tbsp soya sauce

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp sesame seeds

1 tbsp cornstarch

2 tsp fresh ginger root, peeled and minced

1 ½ tsp fresh garlic, minced

½ tsp dried chilies or tobasco sauce (optional)

Whisk these ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

If you want meat in the stir fry, sauté 1 lb boneless chicken or beef strips in oil until cooked through.

Then add other vegetables according to the length of time needed to cook until tender-crisp.

The following order works for us:

thinly sliced carrots

sliced onions

red and orange pepper strips

peeled broccoli stems


chopped Swiss chard stems


broccoli florets (along with the sauce)

Bring the sauce to a boil, then simmer for 3 minutes until it thickens. Finally, add your greens and steam just until wilted. (From Simply in Season by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert)

Farmer’s markets are an excellent source of fresh, local produce. This stir fry recipe is just one way you can enjoy both their taste and nutritional benefits.

With growing season soon approaching in the northern climes, you might even consider growing some of these ingredients yourself.  If you live in southern climes, why not do it year-round?  Mindful eating for kids is another post that you can read that highlights the benefits of maintaining a garden with your children.

Here are some other frugal-living recipes and food ideas you might also enjoy.

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Laura Alary is a writer, teacher, story-teller and mother of three. She has always loved stories, especially picture books, folk and fairy tales, and mythology from different cultures. When she was little she used to make her own books out of manila paper, mucilage and crayons. These days her books look a little different, but the joy of creating them is much the same. You can find Laura and her books online at www.lauraalary.ca

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