There are a few ways to re-capture that intense flavor of fruits and vegetables that have ripened fully before harvest. One is to grow your own garden - it doesn't have to be huge and time consuming, just a couple of pots with tomato plants or herbs can be a great addition. Another way to enjoy fresh produce is to visit local farmers markets. Some farmers markets are fairly small, while others are quite large and local farmers sell fresh produce, artisan cheeses as well as fresh cuts of meat and poultry. Going to a larger farmers market may seem a little overwhelming, so know what you want to buy before you go.
Once you get home with all those fresh fruits and vegetables, what do you do with them? Some foods like berries just need a rinse with water and they're ready to eat. Others like carrots broccoli and cauliflower can be rinsed, sliced and served raw with a low-fat spinach dip. Of course, cooked vegetables make quick and healthy side dishes as well. Most vegetables are easy to cook and delicious when served simply with a little butter or olive oil, but if you want to try something a little more flavorful, look at these easy recipes: