Farmer’s Market Finds: Strawberries

Welcome to Farmer’s Market Finds, a weekly summer series celebrating the best of the season. Every Wednesday, we’ll visit Union Square Greenmarket in New York City to see what's fresh, what's abundant, what's at its very best. Then we'll round up some of our favorite recipes starring the tasty produce so you can play around with it at home. This week, it’s all about strawberries.

Strawberries peak from mid-June to mid-July, making them the perfect addition to summer desserts. When it comes to picking the best berry, the farmers we spoke to said it’s actually up to the consumer. The smaller strawberries will be more tart, while the bigger ones will be sweeter. Similarly, lighter colored berries are more sour than darker shades. Most markets and farm stands will let you try one if you ask nicely so you can learn what type of berry you prefer. Pick up a pint (or two or three) at your local farmers market, then get ready to serve up something sweet.


Strawberry Lemonade

Photo by Christopher Baker

Turn your strawberries into liquid gold with this refreshing summer drink. It requires just three ingredients and takes five minutes to make.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Lemonade


Almond Cornmeal Cake

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Dessert should please everyone, which is why this treat combines three summer favorites: sweet fruit, cornbread, and cake.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Almond Cornmeal Cake


Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

Photo by J Muckle

Making a simple homemade jam—with strawberry's best buddy rhubarb—for these crumb bars keeps the sugar in check and helps the real fruit flavor shine through. The key to getting the decadent, shortbread-style crust just right? Chilled, high-quality unsalted butter—and lots of it.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars


Overnight Oats With Strawberries and Toasted Almonds

Photo by Jen Causey

Overnight oats are a lifesaver for anyone with a busy schedule. Make this tonight, then grab it from the fridge tomorrow on your way out the door.

Get the recipe: Overnight Oats With Strawberries and Toasted Almonds


Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

Photo by Anna Williams

Combine fresh strawberries with vanilla ice cream to create a deliciously fruity ice cream cake.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Ice Cream Cake