New cookbook featuring Spartanburg farmers makes seasonal food easy

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Ever wanted to try a new type of produce at the farmers market but weren’t sure what to do with it? Hub City Farmers Market’s latest project can help you feel more confident in the market and in the kitchen.

The market is launching a new cookbook Thursday night, Hub City Harvest: Connecting Local Farms to Kitchen Tables. The cookbook contains 19 recipes from seven local farms.

Farmers from Hub City Farmers Markets Urban Farm, Eden Fresh Farms, Harp & Shamrock Farm, Hughey Farms, Seven Oaks Farm, Silverlake Farm and Skyland Farm created recipes using produce grown on their fields.

Hub City Farmers Market Associate Director Heather Raines discusses the new cookbook created by Hub City Farmers Market Spring 2022, Hub City Harvest: Connecting Local Farms to Kitchen Tables.

Heather Raines, associate director of the Hub City Farmers Market, said she hopes the cookbook will help increase business for local farmers and raise awareness of the variety of local foods available in Spartanburg.

The recipes are beginner-friendly and encourage seasonal eating using local produce. Even people who don’t like to cook might be interested in the book, she said.

“It’s a book for people who aren’t chefs. The bios and pictures are great, the recipes are just part of it,” said Raines.

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The farm visits took place over the past year, so the included recipes use produce from all four seasons, from Hughey Farm’s strawberry shortcake recipe, which could be made this month with fresh strawberries, to Urban Farm’s cabbage and charcoal recipes, which could be made in can become the autumn.

Urban Farm Manager Ben Lea discusses the new cookbook, Hub City Harvest: Connecting Local Farms to Kitchen Tables, created by Hub City Farmers Market Spring 2022.

Urban Farm Manager Ben Lea, who developed five recipes using Urban Farm products, said he wanted to tweak classic recipes.

“Most of my recipes are fall recipes, so just a slight twist on recipes from years past, using things like cabbage and collards that pair beautifully with grilled pork,” Lea said.

Hub City Farmers Market Associate Director Heather Raines discusses the new cookbook created by Hub City Farmers Market Spring 2022, Hub City Harvest: Connecting Local Farms to Kitchen Tables.

In addition to the recipes, the book also includes profiles on each of the farms, written by Jed Blackwell, and photos of each dish and the farms by John Gallant.

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“The pictures are beautiful and I love the bios,” said Raines. “The recipes are great, but it also gives you a glimpse into their lives and what they have to do and go through to get groceries to market every Saturday.”

The book launch will take place during the Hub City Farmers Market farm party from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on May 12. Tickets cost $20 and are available on the Farmers Market website or at the event at Harvest Park (498 Howard St.).

After the party, the book will be available for $25 at the Saturday Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m

Samantha Swann covers food and restaurants in Spartanburg County. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate and Greenville Technical College. Contact her with your burning restaurant questions, recipes and new dinner specials at [email protected] or on Instagram at @sameatsspartanburg.

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