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Asparagus Salmon Lemon Pasta w/Greens– serves 2 BIG dinner portions, or 4 starter courses

1/2 lb. good quality pasta (find at Caputo’s booth or market)

1/2 lb. Wild Salmon (find at Aquarius booth or market)

1/2 lb. asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces

2 c. early baby greens, chopped (baby arugula, spinach or kale work best)

1/4 c. parsley, chopped

1 T. chives or spring onions, chopped

3 lemons

1/3 c. olive oil (find at Caputo’s booth or market)

2 oz. Drake Family Farms Goat Cheese

Salt (about 1/2 tsp.) and pepper (about 1/2 tsp.)

Directions:

1. Start by pre-heating the oven to 400 degrees, I like to place my salmon on a wire rack over a pie pan, pour water in the bottom of the pie pan (this keeps the salmon moist). Line your pie pan for easy clean up. Season the salmon with your favorite seasoning, I use a cedar plank seasoning I picked up at the Boulder, CO farmers market but look for a new seasoning at our farmers market. Slice 1 lemon and lay it over the salmon, bake for 20 min or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 125 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool with you work on the rest of the dish.

2. Make the dressing- zest and juice the other 2 lemons, add the oil olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

3. Next bring a big pot of water to a boil over high heat, when the water comes to a boil salt the water and then add the pasta. Give the pasta a quick stir. Cook the pasta according to the directions. Test your pasta careful not to over cook, 3 mins before your pasta is done add the asparagus to the boiling water with the pasta. Drain both the pasta and the asparagus and then add it back to the pot.

4. Quickly add the chopped greens, chives and parsley (save a little parsley to garnish the top), give a toss, the heat from the pot and the pasta will wilt the greens just a bit. Next add the goat cheese and lemon/olive oil dressing, toss again until well mixed. Divide into bowls and garnish with parsley, EAT!

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This coming Saturday morning is the long-awaited opening of the Downtown Farmers Market! This year marks their 21st year at Pioneer Park and I was asked to share a recipe for the markets newsletter, I chose the following dish because you can find all the ingredients at the farmers market or just right across the street at Caputo’s and Aquarius. This dish is fresh, quick and takes advantage of early season crops such as baby greens, chives and asparagus, also its salmon season so it’s the perfect time to throw these seasonal beauties into a dish! The best part of this recipe is that it can be made vegetarian or vegan depending on your preference.

This is the time of year to get out of bed early on Saturday and show your support for all our local farmers and local food artisans bringing us their fresh, local, love filled food. I know at times the Downtown Farmers Market gets a bad rap due to all the people, strollers, and dogs but I am here to tell you that if you get there early it is easy to get a parking spot, grab some veggies, enjoy a coffee and pastry, and get out by 10:30! I have a love/hate relationship with the market because I would rather be sleeping, but like I tell my husband ‘if all those dedicated people are willing to show up, then so can we!’ If you have ever tried to grow your own food, than you know at times it can be a challenge and a labor of love. This is why I get up, put on a happy face and push my way through the people, strollers and dogs, because my weekly meal plan depends on it and I want to support the hard-working farmers/growers, food artisans that make it out every week come rain or shine. The relationships you gain at your local farmers markets are unlike any other, they bond you to your neighbor, community and most important the hard-working folks who make it possible for us to eat the freshest, seasonal local food around. Enjoy!

P.S. I want to give a shout out to the peeps behind the scenes that make these markets happen. Over the last couple of years I have gotten to know these local loving fools, I thought I was a dedicated lover of all things local, but these folks take the cake. Bravo, and I’m sure this year will be just as rad as the last 20. Let’s do this!

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