This week at the Ottawa County Farmers Market join the OSU Extension for "Grilling Night at the Market." Learn how to use foil packets to grill veggies to perfection and experience how veggies taste on the grill.

This week at the Farmers Market we will be showcasing grilled vegetables. The sweetness and smokiness grilling adds to veggies will have you making room on the coals for these healthy sides every time you cook out. Most vegetables love the grill. These include asparagus, corn, zucchini, onions, peppers, and even cabbage. While veggies with high water content, like celery, cucumbers, and leafy greens don't fair so well with this cooking method. Follow these tips to have perfectly grilled vegetables all summer long.

Marinate them. Vegetables tend to dry out with high heat. Tossing them in a light coating of oil will help to seal in the moisture and allow your seasonings to stick to the vegetables. Be careful not to add too much oil as excess oil can cause flare-ups and add unnecessary calories. Prevent burning. Some veggies take longer to cook than others. When cooking denser vegetables, like potatoes, sear them over high heat and then move them to indirect heat to finish cooking. You can also precook these types of veggies and finish them on the grill to avoid excess charring. Skewer them. Smaller veggies, like pearl onions and cherry tomatoes, are great on the grill but can be hard to contain. Using a skewer or a grill basket can prevent food from falling through the grates when grilling. Size matters. Cutting your vegetables into smaller pieces will help them cook faster. And, the more surface area you can expose to the grill, the more flavor the grill will impart on those veggies. Cut onions and eggplant into rounds to get a crispier outside and a fully cooked inside. Make packets. A no-nonsense way to cook your vegetables on the grill is to put them in a foil packet and set the timer. Layer slices of veggies inside your foil, add seasoning and a touch of oil, pinch the edges closed, and cook until they are done. Just be careful to avoid burning yourself from the steam when you open your veggie packets to eat.

This week at the Ottawa County Farmers Market join the OSU Extension for "Grilling Night at the Market." Learn how to use foil packets to grill veggies to perfection and experience how veggies taste on the grill. Miami's own Josh Anderson will be providing live country favorites for your listening enjoyment.

Pick up your FREE reusable grocery tote bag while supplies last. As always, use your credit, debit, and EBT cards at the market each week. SNAP recipients can take advantage of the Double Up Oklahoma program and receive $1 in free produce for every SNAP dollar spent at the market (up to $20 each week).

Expect to see more tomatoes and berries at the market this week, along with favorites like green beans, potatoes, and zucchini, pecans, honey, baked goods, and bath products. Join us every Thursday from 4-7pm under the pavilion at All Saints Episcopal Church which is located at 225 B St NW in downtown Miami.