By Vanessa Greaves

Celebrate the peak of the season with a brunch built around what's fresh at the farmers' market right now.

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This party's all about group participation. You'll meet up with your crew, shop your local farm stands, then create a fabulous menu with your farmers' market finds.

Must read: Hot Tips for Hosting the Perfect Brunch

Market-Fresh Menu

Crepes

A basic crepe recipe (made without sugar) is like a little black dress. It's extremely versatile, going from main dish to dessert depending on how you accessorize with fillings and toppings you find at the farmers' market. Make-ahead tip: Make crepes one or two days before, and chill in the fridge with sheets of waxed paper sandwiched between. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap to keep the crepes from drying out. To reheat, wrap in foil and place in a 350º F oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or heat each one briefly in a hot non-stick skillet.

Sweet Crepe Ideas

  • Nutella® + berries + slivered almonds
  • Peach salsa + sweetened whipped cream + lemon zest
  • Fruit preserves + chocolate sauce + confectioners' sugar

Savory Crepe Ideas

Must read: How to Make Crepes and How to Cook Asparagus 6 Easy Ways

Gazpacho

Bring home a basketful of the freshest tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers to instantly blend into this delicious cold soup, perfect for a warm weather brunch. Give your guests a choice of traditional tomato-based red gazpacho or cucumber-based white gazpacho. Serve the soup in small glasses set in a bowl of crushed ice for cold, refreshing gazpacho shooters.

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Spring Herb Hummus Vegetable Garden

Can you think of a cuter way to serve creamy hummus and crispy market-fresh vegetables? You can pick up all the herbs you need for the hummus at the farmers' market. Leftover herbs in jars of water make easy table decorations.

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Must read: How to Store Fresh Parsley Long Enough to Use Up Every Bit

Yogurt Parfait

You're sure to be tempted by bakeries displaying their wares at the market, and who am I to say you shouldn't give in? Even so, here's an idea for a fresh and easy dessert, perfect for your farmers' market brunch. Score some locally made yogurt and layer it up with fresh fruit, local honey, and homemade granola. Serve these alongside the baked goods for a healthy, gluten-free alternative.

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Drinks

Set up a DIY drinks bar, and use some of your gorgeous fresh produce to make fruit- and herb-infused water and smoothies.

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A Bloody Mary bar lets everyone help themselves to refreshments while you put the finishing touches on brunch. Instead of pouring the pre-made stuff, whip up your own Bloody Mary mix ahead of time so you'll know exactly what's going in it.

Must read: How to Build the Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar

Farmers' Market Brunch Decor Ideas

  • Use yards of inexpensive cotton fabric in gingham checks for a tablecloth or picnic blanket.
  • Display cut herbs and flowers in jars and jugs on your dining or buffet table.
  • Stamp plain paper napkins with fruit or vegetable designs.
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Party Favor Take-Homes

Keep the good times going long after the brunch is over.

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Homemade freezer jam, and salsas are delicious reminders of the day.

Must read: Tips for Canning and Preserving

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Potted herbs, seed packets, and jars of local honey make easy and thoughtful take-home gifts.

More: How to DIY super-easy chive blossom vinegar.

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