Kickstart grilling season with picks from local vendors.
As the spring season brings in the warm breeze, you might have to start up your oven for an even warmer aroma. Our friends at the Maple Grove Farmers Market have helped us put together local recipes you can bring to your table this spring and summer.
The farmers market has a wide range of vendors to complement many taste buds and dietary needs. Add new, flavorful spices to wings and burgers or upgrade fish dishes that go hand-and-hand with the lake-loving Minnesotan. Be sure to check out these vendors at the farmers market—and don’t miss other vendors, including baked goods, plants and specialty products.
Ruter Farm is a local produce farm located in Hanover. It offers a wide selection of farm fresh produce, depending on the season, including, but not limited to fresh eggs, sweet corn, green onions, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, beets, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, green beans, cabbage and watermelon.
If you are interested in buying local meat, check out Grillin Meats, which offers quality, tender and healthy United States Department of Agriculture approved meat from farm to table. Consider the grass-fed beef, pastured pork and pastured poultry that is always corn and soy free.
For fish lovers who want the perfect sushi grade salmon caught straight from Alaska, look toward Oxford’s Wild Run Salmon. On its website, it has YouTube tutorials to help you cook up your next fish dish.
The Maple Grove Farmers Market opens on May 11. Learn more online at maplegrovefarmersmarket.com.
Here’s the Deal Spice Co. provides a recipe perfect for your next barbecue.
BBQ Rib Rub Elote
Courtesy of Here’s the Deal Spice Co.
Yield: 4 cobs
- 4 sweet corn cobs, shucked
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup sour cream (or Mexican crema)
- 1 cup cotija cheese, split into separate ½ cup containers
- 1–2 oz. Here’s the Deal Spice Co. BBQ Rib Rub
- 2 fresh garlic cloves, grated
- 2–3 limes, microplained and juiced (reserved)
- 3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, stems removed, leaves roughly chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
Light charcoal in a chimney, or fire up the grill at 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, add mayonnaise, sour cream, ½ cup cotija cheese, BBQ Rib Rub, grated garlic, lime (microplained), juice from 1–2 limes, 1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro, salt and pepper. Mix well, taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Once grill is hot, place the shucked corn cobs on the grill, allow to lightly char. Rotate frequently until desired doneness (5–9 minutes). Once cooked, place on a clean plate. Use a pastry brush to apply the mayonnaise/cheese mixture evenly to the cobs. Place back on the grill for 2–5 minutes. Shake 1 Tbsp. of Here’s the Deal Spice Co. BBQ Rib Rub on top, followed by a sprinkle of cotija cheese and fresh cilantro. Serve with a side of the mayonnaise/cheese mixture.