Fall: A time for fantastic farmers markets and tasty soup

Which are your favorite seasons? Fall is one of ours for the pumpkin spice, the sweater weather, the fabulous farmers markets and last but not least, the soup. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a steaming bowl of goodness on a crisp fall day. Try visiting one of these awesome farmers markets and picking up the fresh ingredients you need to make one of these fabulous soup recipes below.

First, the markets! We have a number of great choices in the area, including these two, which are open year-round and feature a whole lot more than just fresh vegetables:

30A Farmers’ Market at Rosemary Beach. This year-round market located at 28 N. Barrett Square runs on Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s held in a beautiful park-like setting with shade trees, a fountain and cobblestone walkways. You’ll find the usual farmers market fare and much more. Check it out!

Destin Harbor Farmers Market. Located at 600 Grand Boulevard, this market is held in Miramar Beach year-round on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll find fresh fruit and vegetables, grass-fed beef, bone broth, fresh from the farm whole chicken, pork, free-range eggs, honey, goat and cow’s milk cheese, and more.

Now, for the recipes! We’ve included four that truly showcase fall’s bounty. We’ve included something for everyone and for chefs of all levels.

Instant Pot French Onion Soup

Bust out the onions (any onions will do, according to The Pioneer Woman) and the Instant Pot for this flavorful soup. This isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it type of recipe, but it definitely speeds up the cooking time with a total of 50 minutes from start to finish. Perfect for an easy weeknight meal.

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

If you’re looking for a creamy soup option, give this one a go. The biggest surprise? This soup looks super creamy, but neither cream nor cheese is an ingredient. The texture comes from the butter. [Special diet note! It’s a gluten-free recipe as-is, but the chef included notes for a vegan/dairy-free take on the existing recipe!] Sautéed onions and hints of nutmeg and lemon pair perfectly with the flavor of the oven-roasted cauliflower. You’ll need a blender for this one to get the right consistency. Don’t forget to get a topping for the soup. Green onions, parsley or chives are the chef’s recommendations.

Pesto Chicken Minestrone

If you’re a fan of 1) pesto and/or 2) a hearty soup, this recipe should be on your list to try next. You’ll start by roasting garlic in the oven to produce a paste for later on in the recipe. Meantime, you’ll cook the chicken in a Dutch oven or large pot with a parmesan rind (talk about flavorful!), shred it up, add in kidney beans, carrots, crushed red pepper, mashed garlic, kale and tortellini. Steam for a bit until kale and pasta are cooked, and voila! Dinner is served.

Chicken Noodle

You can’t go wrong with a good, hearty chicken noodle soup in the Fall, especially one that labels itself “quick and easy.” This recipe has all the good stuff — celery, carrots, garlic and onion, with parsley, salt and pepper, and flat-leaf parsley to add to the flavor. It calls for meat from a rotisserie chicken rather than cooking it yourself, which is always a plus on weeknights. Even better, you’ll make this soup entirely in one large pot or Dutch oven, starting by browning the veggies in olive oil (stir the whole time to prevent from burning!), adding the stock and bay leaves, bringing to a boil, then setting it to medium for about 10 minutes while the veggies finish cooking. Add in egg noodles, chicken and seasonings, and simmer until it’s all cooked through. Cooking Tip: Don’t forget to keep the lid on while the soup simmers, otherwise you risk evaporating out too much of the delicious broth! Take a look at the notes at the bottom of the recipe for tips on adding extra broth and options for adding fresh noodles instead of dry ones.

Feeling hungry yet? Give one of these recipes a try! Feel free to pass it on. And, as always, if you have any questions about the area – property management or otherwise – we’d love to help! We can effectively manage your Scenic Highway 30A Short Term rental property. At PMI Destin-30A, we offer a full range of property management services and offer a complete package of services to owners including accounting, marketing, and use of the most streamlined and up-to-date technology to maximize your real estate investment.

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