The Food Editors at Real Simple shop at their local farmer’s market and find more than just fresh ingredients.

We braved the cold to prove you don’t have to wait for summer to have a successful day at the farmers market. Year round the farm stands and markets are bursting with fresh local produce and other unexpected ingredients like cheese, eggs, even bread! Plus you can gather great tips direct from the farmers themselves about the ingredients you find. Check out our trip to the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City as we search for delicious inspiration, from the ground up.

Head to the market and make the Crispy Potato Crust Quiche With Kale And Fontina and the Crunchy Winter Salad With Toasted Buckwheat. Customize them as you like depending on what catches your eye at the market.

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