I recently went to the farmers market without a list of foods to look for. Instead, my plan consisted of heading out early in the morning to see what some of my favorite local farms were growing and to let the bounty of early summer take the lead.

It might seem that cooking like this is limiting when I could go to the grocery store and choose from hundreds of foods, but over the years, I have found joy and a deep appreciation for the ease that comes with fewer choices and the natural cycling of the seasons.

Coming from the Midwest, our year-round farmers market in Santa Fe is a gift that will never get old. As soon as I saw baskets full of crisp mixed greens from Green Tractor Farm, I knew I wanted to make a salad to commemorate our gentle, rainy start to summer.

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