Farm to table freshness in easy to make pickled vegetables!
Farmer’s market produce always tastes better since it’s usually picked at the peak of ripeness. Luckily, there are several farmer’s markets nearby and I love bringing home bags of fresh vegetables and fruits!
This week’s haul included organic carrots, sweet bell peppers, asparagus, cucumbers, red onions, baby squash, zucchini, tomatoes and peaches. The vivid colors are a reflection of the healthy nutrients they contain. And their delicious, fresh flavors make it easy to heed Mom’s advice to eat more veggies!
If you need a reminder to eat your veggies, I’ve added a farmer’s market printable to the Food and Drink Art free image library. It combines a vintage image from an antique garden catalog with new typography and an aged barn wood background. The printable fits an 8×10 frame.
The challenge of having a refrigerator stocked with fresh produce is making sure none of it goes to waste! Pickling is a great way to prolong the life and bright flavors of summer produce. The veggies keep in the fridge for 2 weeks and are great added to salads, sandwiches and appetizers.
Here’s my favorite pickled vegetables recipe-
If you’d like to try the recipe, the printable version is available for download at the end of the post. I used a red onion, 2 sweet bell peppers ( 1 red and 1 yellow) and a cucumber.
The thinly sliced vegetables fit into 3 large jars ( 2 1/2 cup capacity) but you could use smaller jars too. Layer the veggies into the jars and pour the cooled liquid over them. If they’re not fully covered at the top it’s okay, as the vegetables will compact a little in the refrigerator.
And feel free to experiment with other combinations of vegetables such as carrots, asparagus, green beans or cauliflower! If you just want to make 1 or 2 jars it’s easy to cut the recipe into 1/3 or 1/2.
The layers of vegetables make their own color palette of vibrant garden hues, which inspired my husband Rex to create the wonderful illustration below. I’m sharing it with you in the Food and Drink free image library.
The printable fits an 8×10 frame and could also be used in DIY projects. I’m going to apply the design to a plain cotton shopping bag, using an iron-on transfer sheet. And then I’m heading back to the farmer’s market to fill it with fresh greens…and red, yellow and orange!
Enjoy summer and eat your veggies!