Cookbook Giveaway – Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories

Fresh from the Farm

We’re delighted to be able to offer five copies of Susie Middleton’s new cookbook, Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories. Not only does this book include 99 great farm-inspired recipes, it also relates the story of Susie’s move from her job as editor of Fine Cooking magazine to her new life on a small farm in Martha’s Vineyard. To find out more about Susie’s journey, read what she told us about the inspiration for the book.

To win a copy, just answer the following question: What is your favorite food to purchase at a farm stand?


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  • The giveaway will expire in 4 weeks on March 11, 2014.

This contest is now closed.  The 5 lucky winners, selected by random number generator, are GsyAnne, dbielick, paulabucharles, Rinshin, and meghanbridget.

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  • wester  on  February 12, 2014

    Eggs. Fresher than anywhere else, and you can be sure the chickens have been treated well.

  • madamepince  on  February 12, 2014

    Only ONE favorite? Garlic scapes — and radishes fresh enough that I can use the greens. Yum!!

  • ellabee  on  February 12, 2014

    Berries. It feels a little less like winter just to call up a mental picture of them…

  • Queezle_Sister  on  February 12, 2014

    It would be tomatoes if I didn't grow them myself, but because I do, its probably beets.

  • Elnara  on  February 12, 2014

    Whichever vegetable is in season. Our farm shop is on the farms land and it comes straight from the fields. My fav right now is Curley Kale!

  • decklededges  on  February 12, 2014

    Whatever fruit is in season!

  • Kiiaro  on  February 12, 2014

    Fresh farm eggs!!!

  • sir_ken_g  on  February 12, 2014

    I love the Asian vegetables.
    But just one – probably heritage tomatoes

  • JaneC  on  February 12, 2014

    Peaches–I buy them from farmers who used integrated pest management.

  • Zosia  on  February 12, 2014

    Corn on the cob.

  • rivergait  on  February 12, 2014

    Fresh corn – and I ask the vendor for any corn stalks to give to the horses.

  • percussion03  on  February 12, 2014

    Wow, I don't think I could pick just one, but greens of any kind are a constant.

  • jwolfe  on  February 12, 2014

    Fresh strawberries … and heirloom tomatoes, and squash blossoms.

  • Smchalk  on  February 12, 2014

    local anything, apples, beef, pastries, and eggs are what I get at my farmstand

  • vinochic  on  February 12, 2014

    What don't I buy at the farm stand? But what I look forward to the most is heirloom tomatoes. (And fava beans. And cherries…)

  • DKennedy  on  February 12, 2014

    That's a hard one. It's a toss up between strawberries or cherry tomatoes. Both stay so much fresher when you get them fresh from the farm. Not to mentioned the wonderful aroma you get to experience when you buy them this way.

  • KarinaFrancis  on  February 12, 2014

    Rubarb, apples and corn

  • hihelen_westbrook  on  February 12, 2014

    We have an allotment so all the fruit and veg we need on tap, I love love love finding unusual cheeses at a farmers' market.

  • Lovielou  on  February 12, 2014

    Swiss chard, collard and other greens

  • kimtrev  on  February 12, 2014

    I love the berries in the summer, apples & squash in the fall, greens in the winter & asparagus and artichokes in the spring.

  • meghanbridget  on  February 12, 2014

    In general, eggs. But on vacation this summer, I picked up some potatoes at Green Island Farm, and they were fantastic.

  • boardingace  on  February 12, 2014

    I haven't been to a farm stand outside of a farmer's market in ages – they don't really have them here – but if I could imagine it was summertime, I'd love some fresh strawberries ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Margaretsmall  on  February 12, 2014

    Corn, always heaps fresher than the supermarket offerings. Yum.

  • Soccermom  on  February 12, 2014

    eggs and corn!

  • Breadcrumbs  on  February 12, 2014

    Fresh basil…nothing says summer more than fresh basil…oh but that tomato on the vine smell, juice dripping down your face as you bite into a fresh, warm tomato – how to choose!!! And what about the eggs? Am I disqualified?!!!!

  • chawkins  on  February 12, 2014

    Nothing better than freshly picked ears of corn.

  • alixwall  on  February 12, 2014

    Summer corn and tomatoes.

  • sgump  on  February 12, 2014

    Not exactly "fresh" but definitely farm stand fodder in pockets of the (US) South: boiled peanuts

  • jaelsne  on  February 12, 2014

    Here in California–citrus (Satsuma tangerines are my favorites!)

  • kayanelson  on  February 12, 2014

    Fava beans. Such a short season but so good.

  • sbyron  on  February 12, 2014

    There is a wonderful cheese maker at my farmer's market – awesome cheeses. Love them and the unique potatoes.

  • Ekandresen  on  February 12, 2014

    Eggs and baby kale. Yum!!

  • Grinsall  on  February 12, 2014

    Apples because they haven't been in cold storage!

  • ladibyrd  on  February 13, 2014

    Peaches and tomatoes… nothing quite as good as farm stand tomatoes. Some of the best cherry butter we've had is from a stand also.

  • Corrinie  on  February 13, 2014

    Oooo berries, no. Romanesco, or Asian greens. No, berries. Oh wait, padron peppers. Yeah. Padrons.

  • cookgoalie  on  February 13, 2014

    Asparagus….but our favorite grower has retired which is really disappointing.

  • jobeth21  on  February 13, 2014

    Everything is so much tastier when it's from a local farm stand, but I find the biggest difference is in eggs!

  • CandyB  on  February 13, 2014

    Cheese in France, eggs in the UK, and asparagus in the UK when in season

  • JFM  on  February 13, 2014

    Fresh meat: beef, pork, chickens and rabbit! I started buying meat at the farmers market in Bern, Switzerland, two years ago and haven't looked back.

  • nadiam1000  on  February 13, 2014

    Too hard to pick one. Depends on the season of course but Heirloom tomatoes, strawberries, peaches and sweet corn top the list. Although, early last summer I had the most perfect large red blushed apricots I had ever eaten so maybe those need to be on the list… many things are so much better fresh from the farm stands.

  • Rinshin  on  February 13, 2014

    Peaches. But not at regular stands. At the orchards where I can pick my own. Around here, that means anytime between end of May through end of June.

  • FunkyViriditas  on  February 13, 2014

    Organic Greens!

  • AnneHussey  on  February 13, 2014

    heirloom cherry tomatoes, basil, eggs and field greens

  • margiehubbard  on  February 13, 2014


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  • birgitw  on  February 13, 2014

    Tomatoes, never as good anywhere else

  • Moniquelfp  on  February 13, 2014

    Corn on the cob

  • rlmiller  on  February 13, 2014

    Cherries. The season is so short, and the ones in the grocery store never compare to those from a farm stand. (Of course that last part is true for a lot of other farm stand items as well!)

  • liasim  on  February 13, 2014

    Corn on the cob and strawberries.

  • debbypo  on  February 13, 2014

    I've been loving farmer's markets for the past quarter-century. I think my favorites would be greens (so fresh and so varied) and sprouts.

  • JoBills  on  February 13, 2014

    Heirllom tomatoes

  • Riversideshep  on  February 13, 2014

    Apples. The first time I found a stall selling so many varieties that I didn't know existed (and certainly didn't think I would be able to buy in Middlesbrough!) was my lightbulb moment for farmers markets.

  • Kerrey  on  February 13, 2014


  • karenrana9  on  February 13, 2014

    Around here, it's got to be any Texas-grown field peas; black-eyed, purple hull, crowder, or cream peas. When shelled and cooked, they evoke a perfect vision of mealtime contentment to me, especially when the peas are cooked to a perfect consistency with tasty "pot likker" left for sopping up with hot, fresh cornbread. The season is brief but can become the brilliant backbone to farm stand vegetable suppers when tomatoes and greens are also in season.

  • aeader  on  February 13, 2014

    Cherries (sour ones in July for pies and sweet ones whenever they are available)…I can't wait for summer!

  • NikkiPixie  on  February 13, 2014

    Cherries! Central Otago of NZ is overrun with them at summer time, nothing better……unless you want to pick them yourself as well.

  • vickster  on  February 13, 2014

    Strawberries. So good when they are that fresh!

  • dbielick  on  February 14, 2014

    Strawberries – a sign that the deep freeze might actually be over for a short while!

  • GreenWillow  on  February 14, 2014

    Still enjoying the taste memory of just-picked corn from Upstate New York although now I'm in Texas most of the time. Here, I especially look forward to buckets of summer basil.

  • BlytheSpirit  on  February 14, 2014

    Fresh corn and apples – neither one tastes the same when purchased from a supermarket.

  • Siegal  on  February 14, 2014


  • ballen  on  February 14, 2014

    Maine wild blueberries!

  • ae.bell  on  February 14, 2014

    Concord grapes!

  • crandall57  on  February 14, 2014

    Fresh corn for sure.

  • sydneya  on  February 14, 2014

    padron peppers and watermelon radishes

  • TrishaCP  on  February 14, 2014

    Tomatoes and peaches

  • lmurphy  on  February 15, 2014


  • pgarcia  on  February 15, 2014

    Any in-season veggie. And eggs!

  • turio  on  February 15, 2014

    Oh…so many things and to only pick one?! Pastel hued, fresh organic eggs from the best farmer's market in Holland, MI! Fresh peaches to take home and can to eat all winter long!

  • Thaichile  on  February 16, 2014

    Heirloom tomatoes as my garden attempts have produced nothing more than food for the local animals.

  • tcjanes  on  February 16, 2014

    Sweet corn-yellow and white bicolor.

  • PatJ  on  February 16, 2014

    I love eggs from the Farmers Market

  • Chefhenry  on  February 16, 2014

    Most everything, but to pick just one… Tomatoes, probably the most dramatic difference between store bought and farm fresh (and not refrigerated)

  • iluvfood  on  February 16, 2014

    Corn and honey!

  • pokarekare  on  February 16, 2014

    Have my own vegetable garden, orchard, bees and chickens, but I always check out what is available that I DON'T have and buy that! I can't grow everything, much as I'd like to!

  • ctrevino1  on  February 17, 2014

    Stone fruit in the summer time!

  • pamandab  on  February 17, 2014

    Oh my… the choices. I think I'd have to say pea shoots… there's something wonderful about getting them so fresh- you eat them right that day, and then save some, because they were picked to recently they last in the fridge!

  • CarriesCarats  on  February 17, 2014

    Corn. When we lived in Florida we would drive down to a market on the edge of the Everglades to buy just picked corn & treat ourselves & the kids to fresh-from-the-pot corn on sticks slathered in butter!

  • ckbkaddict  on  February 18, 2014

    Heirloom tomatoes. So much better than mass produced shop bought varieties! And if I am allowed a back up… Strawberries – even better if they are "pick your own".

  • GsyAnne  on  February 18, 2014

    Guernsey beef

  • alinabarbu  on  February 19, 2014

    Tomatoes, orchard fruits, fresh eggs, fresh cow cheese, honey.

  • annieski  on  February 19, 2014

    We are fortunate to belong to a great CSA and are close to several great pick-your-own farms. I'd say we're most likely to stop for large quantities of tomatoes for canning.

  • rahiscock  on  February 19, 2014

    Eggs, tomatoes, and honey (sorry, I couldn't pick just one!).
    Eggs because they are bigger, taste better, and the chickens are treated more humanely; tomatoes because they actually taste like tomatoes when bought from a grower, and tend to last longer; and honey, because locally-sourced honey includes all the local pollens in it, which is great in hayfever season for building up your local immunity – and it also tastes better!

  • kfelton  on  February 20, 2014

    Peaches at the Palisade, CO Peach festival!

  • krobbins426  on  February 20, 2014

    Berries. There is nothing like fresh berries.

  • earthnfire  on  February 20, 2014

    Eggs and pea tendrils. Can't wait for spring and another market season.

  • paulabucharles  on  February 21, 2014

    Eggs are always the first and main item I get from farm stands. Then, fresh figs and tomatoes at summer time.

  • maisie_grn  on  February 22, 2014

    fresh goat cheese, arugula, and tomatoes! i can't wait for summer farmers markets to return!

  • AMbaby56  on  February 22, 2014

    I love buying fresh peas or any fruit really ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mfisher  on  February 23, 2014

    Delicate squash. It has a short season for a winter squash and is hard to find except at the farmer's market.

  • priyamaine  on  February 23, 2014

    Heirloom tomatoes of different varieties for sure. Our local FM has a tomato bar–you can mix and match little cherries/grapes of all varieties in a pint. Love it!

  • napier  on  February 24, 2014

    Fresh raspberries- they are fragile hence fresh from the farm is always best. Also strawberries that have that have that fragrant taste of sunshine.

  • patsylu  on  February 24, 2014

    Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes

  • BarbW  on  February 25, 2014

    My favorite is fruit. Currently shopping at Keauhou Farmers Market near Kona, HI., I've been enjoying papaya, dragon fruit, abiu, lilikoi, mango, and lately – rambutan & tasting jaboticaba berries.

  • enation  on  February 25, 2014

    Bright and vibrant vegetables!

  • kkillebrew  on  February 25, 2014

    Really tough question, as each season brings its favorites. But I have to say that Blueberries are at the top of the list. Their season is short, and I always have dozens of recipes ideas. Last year's favorite was Lavender-Blueberry Butter.

  • TheSpicedLife  on  February 25, 2014

    Eggs, greens, apples… Oh yeah and corn!

  • yeven  on  February 27, 2014

    Fresh raspberries and homemade preserves.

  • Lesle  on  February 28, 2014

    English Strawberries!

  • Ordinaryblogger  on  February 28, 2014

    Strawberries!!! Yum.

  • traculart  on  February 28, 2014

    While I love buying all fresh fruits and veggies at Farm Stands or Farmer's Markets my very favorite thing is Tomatoes, nothing beats just picked still warm from the sun bright red tomatoes. The aroma of them in the car on the way home inspires how I will use them!

  • joypilkins  on  February 28, 2014

    Jersey tomatoes.

  • lesorelle  on  February 28, 2014

    Fresh, summer sweet corn! We grow many of our own vegetables but, with limited space, this is one we always get from our local farmers! We gorge on it while it's in season, and can and freeze it for the rest of the year.

  • Dcotter  on  February 28, 2014

    Strawberries! Grocery store strawberries cannot compete with vine-ripened, farm-fresh ones. They make a great snack and the best strawberry icecream.

  • jheinold  on  February 28, 2014

    Corn on the cob….sometimes it seems that the farm people pick the corn and load it right onto their trucks….can't beat it!

  • willis  on  February 28, 2014

    Corn on the cob, to make skillet fried corn.

  • cyalexa  on  February 28, 2014

    big, fat spears of asparagus

  • wanda72  on  February 28, 2014

    I like to buy peaches. So good!

  • JoanN  on  February 28, 2014

    Jersey corn, preferably Golden Bantam.

  • Yarnia  on  February 28, 2014

    Little tomatoes in many colors and their big brother/sister heirloom tomatoes.

  • RobinCR  on  February 28, 2014

    Peaches. Strawberries. Eggs. Cheese. Bread. Greens. Too hard to choose.

  • matag  on  February 28, 2014

    Big bunches of basil

  • smallan  on  February 28, 2014

    Things I don't or can't grow myself – esp baby turnips and huge varieties of greens.

  • rmullen  on  February 28, 2014

    Tomatoes! But berries and peaches are close runners-up.

  • Sarabclever  on  February 28, 2014

    strawberries–I second other commenters; grocery store berries don't come close!

  • ksg518  on  February 28, 2014

    Tomatoes and basil!

  • SherriL  on  February 28, 2014

    Vine-ripened tomatoes. I can eat them by the bucketful.

  • Teemo  on  February 28, 2014

    eggs and apples

  • Mookie1  on  February 28, 2014

    Tomatoes and corn

  • pers1stence  on  February 28, 2014

    peaches and berries

  • bschnipper  on  February 28, 2014

    Sour cherries

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  • davidk  on  February 28, 2014

    What is your favorite food to purchase at a farm stand? Grillo's home made pickles (darn, I can't figure out exactly what they are putting in their pickling spices to make them taste so good?)

  • fjain  on  February 28, 2014

    Mushrooms! Shitake, in particular.

  • Brandeemk  on  February 28, 2014

    TOMATOES and Russian Red Kale

  • infotrop  on  February 28, 2014

    Tomatoes, during their very short season in eastern Oregon.

  • Suelovesfood  on  February 28, 2014

    Sweet potatoes. One of the vendors here has 3 or 4 varieties, and they all taste different. They are not easily grown at home. I buy so many things ๐Ÿ™‚

  • herby  on  February 28, 2014

    We are almost into the fifth month of cold and snow here and just thinking about a farm stand makes my heart beet faster – oh, so many thinks I'd love to buy – eggs, raw milk that still has a faint smell of the cow it came from, fragrant strawberries that you can't stop eating out of hand, pungent garlic and just about anything that came from a farm to the stand!

  • michelle1009  on  February 28, 2014

    I love buying artisinal locally made foods like jams, salsas, sauces etc. It's a great place to find new products that aren't in grocery stores.

  • crazyethyl  on  February 28, 2014

    any type of fresh fruit, tomatoes and sweet corn

  • Berryd  on  February 28, 2014

    I can't pick just one! I love getting things as they come into season and anticipating the next great thing to come into season,

  • jwaldron  on  February 28, 2014

    Tomatoes, especially Green Zebra.

  • shamby  on  February 28, 2014

    My absolute favorite is Blue Heron's goat feta cheese. Amazing!

  • southerncooker  on  February 28, 2014

    Hard to choose just one but if I had to it would be heirloom tomatoes.

  • cristinb  on  February 28, 2014

    Strawberries and blueberries.

  • lepetityume  on  February 28, 2014

    any seasonal fruits and vegetables. Today I purchased Fuji apples, mangoes and some spinach ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Susangardener  on  February 28, 2014


  • emily8g  on  March 1, 2014

    Apple cider is my favorite.

  • VickiMNE  on  March 1, 2014

    Seasonal fruits and veggies, but especially berries.

  • juliewells  on  March 1, 2014

    Fresh, still warm bread.

  • betsycooks  on  March 1, 2014

    Heirloom tomatoes!

  • rmshores  on  March 1, 2014

    It feels like the New England soil is alive again when I can pick up some fiddlehead ferns to saute for a delicious springtime dish.

  • cadfael  on  March 2, 2014

    Heirloom varieties of anything seasonal and just picked is what I want. Why? Because it is local, protects diversification, and always tastes the best!
    Peas in the spring
    cherries and berries and stonecrop in the summer
    late summer tomatoes (YUM) and potatoes
    fall apples and squash.
    apple varieties

    I am making myself hungry just thinking of the things I cook and bake using those unique and tasty varieties that help me connect to the seasons. Thank you family farmers!

  • Kirstin_the_Kiwi  on  March 2, 2014


  • bernsfield  on  March 2, 2014

    Farm stand tomatoes are awesome, but I also can't pass by a steaming pot of boiled peanuts, if they have one!

  • tkmom64  on  March 3, 2014

    Peaches….when the peaches are ripe I feel as though all is right in the world again. It's also one of the things I've never been able to grow myself (and I've tried!). BUT – oh never mind…I could go on forever!

  • beachcook  on  March 3, 2014

    Nothing like farm fresh, just picked corn. It's the best…

  • trudys_person  on  March 3, 2014

    Juicy red cherries from farmstands in the interior of BC in the summer!

  • wendybazil  on  March 3, 2014

    My favorite thing to buy is whatever is freshest that day!

  • mainereader  on  March 4, 2014

    Organic tomatoes

  • fraserkr  on  March 4, 2014


  • camtncook  on  March 5, 2014

    Strawberries and fresh corn…

  • prpost  on  March 5, 2014

    Heirloom tomatoes, strawberries, corn… is summer here yet?

  • canines5  on  March 5, 2014

    VA. Crabmeat

  • Diabolical_DrZ  on  March 5, 2014

    peaches in season

  • BizzyLizzy  on  March 6, 2014

    Wow, that's a tough one, as there are so many good things to be purchased fresh from a farm stand! Actually I have fresh, fresh, fresh quinces, apples, plums and eggs that we bought at the weekend.. but if I had to choose one or two, the best I've ever experienced was strawberries from a farm on the Sunshine Coast. Never tasted any as good!

  • LeePicard  on  March 6, 2014

    Heirloom tomatoes, especially the baby ones. It is like eating candy. The berries are great too.

  • takagi  on  March 6, 2014

    Tomatoes and pumpkins

  • jenniesb  on  March 6, 2014

    Everything, but especially berries and eggs.

  • Jill_J  on  March 6, 2014

    Love to buy zucchinis and peppers, strawberries, peaches, melons, tomatoes, and apples, just to name a few of my favorites!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Smuz90  on  March 7, 2014

    Tomatoes, asparagus and artichokes!

  • Gunnygoo  on  March 7, 2014

    Definitely yogurt!!! Our local farmer's market sells Wake Robin Farm yogurt, which is the best ever!!! They also sell milk and cheese.

  • kalex426  on  March 7, 2014

    Has to be strawberries (just about a month away from the start of the season here, hopefully).

  • diannerh49  on  March 7, 2014

    Cucumbers for pickling, tomatoes and fresh fruit.

  • idylls  on  March 8, 2014

    At our wonderful market in Damariscotta , Maine, I loved the cheeses of our local cheesemaker. It would be too difficult to choose just one vegetable or fruit.

  • SLane  on  March 9, 2014


  • nursey  on  March 9, 2014

    Cheese – always so much nicer than supermarket offerings.

  • stockholm28  on  March 10, 2014


  • jd5761  on  March 11, 2014

    fresh fresh carrots

  • Bradeileen  on  March 11, 2014

    Nothing beats fresh Iowa sweet corn in August. We can buy enough!!

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  • mreils  on  March 11, 2014

    D.efinitely – fresh tomatoes

  • esztlil  on  March 11, 2014

    No question….fresh fruits

  • Jane  on  March 12, 2014

    This contest is now closed. The 5 lucky winners, selected by random number generator, are GsyAnne, dbielick, paulabucharles, Rinshin, and meghanbridget.

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