It’s easy to go overboard with purchases at the farmers market the first couple of weeks of the spring. You come home with a lot of beautiful, fresh, local strawberries, rhubarb, spinach, herbs, and asparagus with every intention of creating culinary masterpieces. We have plenty of recipes in our MNN archives so your good intentions don't go to waste.

Strawberry Rhubarb Bars

Stalks of cut rhubarb on a wooden surface Rhubarb may be a vegetable, but it tastes great paired with strawberries. (Photo: Karl Allgaeuer/Shutterstock)These bars are much healthier than a packaged cereal bar, but they're just as kid pleasing as the processed kind.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

strawberry-spinach-salad Strawberry Spinach Salad (Photo: AS Food studio/Shutterstock)

A classic combination with a little Feta added to the mix.

Cream of Dandelion Soup

dandelion Don't toss those dandelions away! They are edible and can be used in a variety of recipes. (Photo: gom_yeou/Shutterstock)

Yes, you can forage for the dandelion greens in your yard to make this unique soup, but many farmers markets also sell them for those who don’t want to forage or those who don’t have a yard.

Whipped Ricotta with Chives and Garlic Toast

Whipped Ricotta with Garlic Toast Ricotta is commonly used in desserts and pasta dishes, but tastes great as a dip too. (Photo: Robin Shreeves)

Chives are plentiful in the spring and should be easily available at the farmers market. If you have a fresh cheese stand at your market that sells farm-made ricotta, I highly suggest you use it in this appetizer.

Spinach and Smoked Gouda Quiche

Slices of spinach and cheese quiche on a white plate Quiches are simple to make with just a few ingredients and can feed an entire family. (Photo: mama_mia/Shutterstock)

Buy the fresh spinach at the Saturday farmers market for this delicious Sunday brunch dish.

Balsamic Strawberries

balsamic-strawberries Balsamic Strawberries (Photo: Anna Bogush/Shutterstock)

This easy, versatile recipe can be eaten as-is, used as a salad dressing, or poured over vanilla ice cream.

Grilled Asparagus with Spring Onions

Grilled asparagus If you don't have a grill, you can also roast asparagus in the oven. (Photo: Christopher Michael Young/Shutterstock)

You may know spring onions as scallions. They’re the same thing. Whatever you call them, when grilled with asparagus, you get a winning combination.

Asparagus Guacamole

guacamole Avocado is the main ingredient in most guacamole but not in this asparagus recipe. (Photo: ANCH/Shutterstock)

It doesn’t taste exactly like guacamole, but it’s good and you can use it just like guacamole.

Braised Ramps and Asparagus

ramps and asparagus Ramps are a type of wild onion. (Photo: Kelly Rossiter)

Ramps are an “it” vegetable right now so you may have wrestle them out of the hands of someone else at the market, but if you can get them, braise them with some asparagus as a side dish.

Strawberry Basil Sangria

strawberry basil sangria Sangria is a cocktail comprised of wine and fresh fruit. (Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch)

Make this fresh sangria using a crisp Chardonnay.

What creations have you been making with your early season farmers market finds?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

10 recipes featuring spring farmers market produce
You’ve brought home fresh, local, seasonal produce from the farmers market. Now get creative with it in your kitchen.