Farm to Table Recipe Featuring ONLY Ingredients Purchased from Week 3 of Rochester Farmers' Market!

Stuffed Meatballs with Marinara Dipping Sauce

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Rochester, MI, May 22, 2022 - by Hannah Stewart - The rain could not keep me away from the farmers market this weekend. I have been so inspired by this Farm to Table series and creating recipes every week using the fresh ingredients, and with the looming possibility of rain on the horizon, I quickly got out of the house and went early to the Market.

The Rochester Farmers Market was booming once again this week, with hundreds of passersby purchasing the fresh produce that local farmers have to offer. This weeks Farm to Table recipe is a Stuffed Meatballs with Marinara Dipping Sauce featuring ONLY ingredients purchased at the downtown Rochester Farmers' Market.

Made ONLY from ingredients purchased at the downtown Rochester Farmers' Market.

Did you know that Farmers Markets have dairy products? and this week I decided to feature Cheese Curds in my recipe and used ground beef from a local farmer to create a stuffed meatball with a delicious dipping sauce. It was AMAZING. My kids even downed multiple servings, with a sauce, which is a win in my book any day.

This recipe was fun to make, and it was easy to prep as well, so easy, my daughter helped me make the whole recipe, and loved stuffing the cheese curds in the meatballs, and stealing some cheese in the process. I love being able to bring my kids into my cooking love and sharing my passion with them.

Cooking for me is a way I show love to the people around me, and purchasing local ingredients from people who cultivate food with love brings so much to every dish.

Having the opportunity to head to my local farmers market and buy ingredients made with love, to then be inspired at home to cook with love, means so much to me. And today I couldn’t be more excited to bring you into my home and share with you some of the food I’ve made with love because of my local farmers market.

Farm to table food is fresh, tastes incredible, and supports your local community, and the freshness is so evident in every meal. You CAN taste the difference, and I don’t think it can get any better.

This year, we decided to hop in and support our local farmers in Rochester, Michigan, by creating a brand new farmers market fresh recipe every week featuring locally produced ingredients.

Today, let’s make a Stuffed Meatball with Marinara Dipping Sauce with Cheese Curds, Ground Beef, Tomatoes, Leeks, Garlic, and Basil to name a few.

Why You Will Love Farm to Table Recipes

Ingredients taste best when in season.

Seasonal foods tend to be more affordable.

Support small businesses passionate about their ingredients.

It’s so fun to head to the farmers market with the fam!

Just plain yummy!


Cheese Curd

Ground Beef


Fresh Garlic


Black Pepper

Fresh Basil


Olive Oil




Bread Crumbs

Italian Seasoning

Cheese Curds, Ground Beef, and Baked Goods at a Farmers Market?

YES! It’s amazing how many things you can find at your local farmers market. You may be envisioning rows of vegetables and fruit (and trust me there is plenty of that fresh produce). But your local farmers market can also be an amazing place to find fresh eggs, meats, and even baked goods. All made fresh by local small businesses passionate about what they do and the quality of food they provide.

How do you make this Stuffed Meatballs and Marinara Dipping Sauce Recipe?

Prep Time: 7 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 37 mins

Servings: 6



2 lb ground beef

1/2 lb cheese curds

1 egg

2 cloves fresh garlic

1/2 cup carrots diced

1/4 cup leeks diced

1/2 cup bread crumbles

1 tsp salt

1 tsp basil

2 tsp italian seasoning

1/2 tsp black pepper

Fresh Marina Dipping Sauce 4 tomatos quartered

1/4 cup leeks

4 cloves garlic halved

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp basil

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup broth


1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Add all of the marinara dipping sauce ingredients into a small pot onto the stovetop and bring to a boil. Once boiling simmer while you make the meatballs.

3. While your marinara dipping sauce simmers. Add all the meatball ingredients, except the cheese curds, into a bowl and mix together.

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