Mississippi on the Menu

Mississippi Farm Grown Freshness

U-Pick farms and Farmers markets are great places to get Mississippi Farm Grown Freshness! Local farm families grow numerous varieties of produce for their families and yours! Many farm families are also certified organic farmers.

From spring through fall many vegetables and fruits are grown on small acreages for sale in local markets. In Mississippi, there are 43 different varieties of vegetables grown commercially. Don’t know where is your nearest farmers market?

Go to www.mdac.state.ms.us for a statewide listing of farmers markets.

Pasta with Fresh Vegetables

8 ounces uncooked penne pasta

1 c. sliced fresh carrots

1 T. olive oil

½ t. minced garlic

1 c. fresh broccoli florets

1 c. sliced yellow summer squash

1 c. chopped green pepper

1 T. minced fresh basil or 1 t. dried basil

1 t. minced fresh thyme or ¼ t. dried thyme

1 t. minced fresh oregano or ¼ t. dried oregano

½ t. salt

¼ t. pepper

3 c. chopped fresh plum tomatoes

5 t. grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

In a large nonstick skillet, sauté the carrots in oil until crisp-tender.

Add the garlic; cook for 1-2 minutes or until garlic is tender.

Stir in the tomatoes, broccoli, squash, green pepper and seasonings.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Stir in pasta; sprinkle with cheese.

Information prepared by Nancy Freeman, Consultant, msunancyf@bellsouth.net

Information provided by Farm Families of Mississippi