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In stressful weather – super hot or super wet, the cherry and pear tomatoes soldier through – setting fruit in high temperatures, resisting splitting at the deluge.  This recipe brings these wee stalwarts to your table when large tomatoes are scarce.  And it’s an incredibly versatile recipe.  Omit the pasta and serve as a relish with fish or in a taco or as a dip or a side.  Add the pasta and serve it as an entree.  It’s even better the next day!summer black bean4

Ranch (Greek Yogurt) Salad Dressing

About 2 cups of Fat Free Greek Yogurt
envelope of Ranch dip mix
0.5 cup of milk

Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar and refrigerate.
Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Number of Servings: 16

Summer Black Bean Pasta Salad

1/2 pound favorite small pasta
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups of cherry tomatoes* cut in half
2 ears fresh corn* or 2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 small red bell pepper,* seeded and chopped
1/2 red onion,* chopped
fresh basil* leaves to taste
1 large garlic* clove pressed
½ cup Ranch (Greek Yogurt) Salad Dressing (or dressing of your choice)

Cook pasta al dente.
Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
Mix well and let salad sit for about 15 minutes before serving so that the flavors meld. Tastes even better the next day. This makes an excellent salad with or without the pasta – you decide.
Serving Size: 12 1-cup
Number of Servings: 12

*in season now at your local farmers market

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Guests of the Ladies, Mary Ann Pennington and Julie Graue with Extension, are making Farmers Market Salsa tomorrow at the Webb City Farmers Market.  You’ll find almost all the ingredients at your local farmers market this week!


Farmers Market Salsa

Serves 4

1/2 cup fresh raw or cooked sweet corn*

1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup fresh tomatoes, diced*

1/4 cup onion, diced*

1/4 cup green pepper, diced*

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 cloves garlic, finely minced*

1/4 cup picante sauce

Baked corn tortilla chips or cut up vegetables for dipping

Wash your hands well. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Drain before serving. Serve with chips or veggies. Refrigerate leftovers immediately.

*Available now at the market.

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Crisp Cucumber Salsa

 crisp cucumber salsa

2 cups finely chopped seeded peeled cucumber

1/2 cup finely chopped seeded tomato

1/4 cup chopped red onion

2 Tablespoon minced fresh parsley

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

4 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro

1 garlic clove, minced or pressed

1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoon lime juice

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt


Place all ingredients in bowl and mix gently.  Refrigerate and serve with tortilla or fresh vegetables.

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The cherry tomatoes are finally coming in from the field and out to your local farmers market.  They’re great for snacking and make a flavorful addition to any plate.  They’re also great for stuffing.  Market Lady Trish Reed shares her secret to hollowing out a cherry tomato and a refreshing filling (that also is dandy with pita chips as a dip).

cut top of tomato

Cut the stem end off the cherry tomato.

Take a 1/8 teaspoon measuring spoon,

and starting just inside the cut, hollow it out.  tip tomato

As simple as that!

final tomato


cucumber tomato

Cucumber Dill Dip

8 oz cream cheese, softened

4 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/2 cup peeled cucumbers, finely chopped

2 tablespoons green onions, finely chopped

4 teaspoons minced fresh dill

Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth.  Stir in cucumber, onion, and dill.  Mix well.  Refrigerate until served.  Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips or use as a spread on crackers.  It also makes a lovely stuffing for cherry tomatoes.

Put the dip mixture into a zip lock bag, seal and cut the tip off of one corner.  It the bag like a pastry bag, squeeze the mixture into the tomato.

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I’ve got the perfect salad combo for you to bring to all those summer bbq’s this year.  My Tomato Basil Couscous is not only healthy, but nutritious as well.  Head out to a local market today to pick up all your ingredients!

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The Market Lady, Lane McConnell, will visit the Webb City Farmers Market in Webb City, Mo., Tuesday, May 15, 2012. The Market Lady and video crew will begin at 11 a.m., with two cooking demonstration incorporating products from the market and will be interviewing producers and consumers for various other segments.

“I strive to inform folks on the ease of preparing homemade meals for their families through shopping at the market,” said McConnell.  “Consumers can log on to our website or Facebook page to view short videos of interviews with the farmers that grow our food, topics such as food safety, organic, naturally grown and learn how to cook simple meals.”

The purpose of The Market Lady Project is to educate consumers about eating healthy, locally produced food found at their farmers market.

“The market will offer consumers a great event on Tuesday,” said Market Master Eileen Nichols.  “We hope that customers will come out to the market and bring their families to watch The Market Lady cooking demonstrations and take part in the market.”

Below is one recipe that The Market Lady will be preparing at the market. Be sure and come out to the Webb City Farmers Market on May 15 to meet the Market Lady.

Tomato, Basil and Couscous Salad
2 1/4 cups canned chicken broth
1 10-ounce box couscous
1 cup chopped green onions
1 cup diced seeded tomatoes
1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Cheese curds or feta for garnish

Bring broth to boil in medium saucepan. Add couscous. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand 5 minutes. Transfer to large bowl. Fluff with fork. Cool.

Mix all ingredients except cherry tomatoes into couscous. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and cheese.

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Interested in an easy kabob recipe…I’ve got your covered with my Market Style Kabob Cooking Video from the Marshfield Farmers Market.

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