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Templeton Farmers Market market is changing to cool weather crops like Winter Squash, Pumpkins, Greens  2008-11-03 07:10:26:68
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The market is changing to cool weather crops like Winter Squash, Pumpkins, Greens

Farmers Market Report November 1, 2008


Winter Squash, Pumpkins, Greens, Oranges, Grapefruit and Nuts are here and abundant!

We had our first showers overnight and though rain threatened to spoil the morning, it never materialized but brought fewer shoppers which made finding a parking space a cinch.

We headed first to the Olde Port Fisheries booth for some King Salmon where we were able to get a gorgeous fillet for tonight's dinner.

Making our way down the booths we said "hello" to many of our vendor friends and it was so nice to see so many smiling faces.

Going past Dragon Spring Farm booth from Cambria, we saw some beautiful oranges. We learned from co-owner Michael Broadhurst that they've had them in- season for a few weeks, but because of displaying their large squash crop, they were not predominately displayed before now.(Spaghetti squash and the like, at least for their farm, is over.) Now their winter fruit and vegetables are becoming their "main-attraction." There were samples of the Valencia oranges available. We tasted them and liked them so we bought a few. He also has delicious-looking grapefruit.

On we walked. Our main goal this week was to buy some more golden beets from Bautista Farms from Santa Maria. Last week we had bought some and they roasted-up nicely and became almost orange after cooking. Their greens made a delicious papperdelle pasta, and we can't wait to have them again. The beets themselves go deliciously and beautifully with spinach salads. -And at only two dollars a big bunch, they're a real bargain! We weren't disappointed with a good selection of very vibrant and very fresh golden beets. We bought two bunches -enough for one dinner for two and several salads.

Peppers Galore at Ralph Johnson's booth! 2008-11-03 07:16:10:69
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Peppers Galore at Ralph Johnson's booth!
On we walked, checking out all the booths. There still are a few booths with tomatoes, and of course strawberries. and several booths with Fall's colorful peppers, leeks, cabbage and different cold-crop greens.

Now that we've gotten to know what a "cutting-edge farmer" Ralph Johnson is, we always have to see what's new at his booth. This week we noticed at least twelve varieties of autumn's peppers, native white sage (for eating as well as used in local smudging rituals by the native Indians here on the Central Coast.) He also had several other fresh herbs such as: thyme, regular sage, dry lavender and until frost, marjoram. He also has smooth dandelions, chicory, endive and fruit chicory, favored by the local chefs.

Just down from Ralph Johnson's booth, we had parked our car, so with our purchases in tow, we unloaded and called it a good morning and were on our way home to think up ways to make our finds. Hope that your finds at your Farmers Market go as well!











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A tip from Sue!

No cheese on seafood please!

When serving an Italian seafood dish, unless the recipe specifically calls for cheese, grated Parmesan cheese on top is not a good idea!

The pungent taste of Parmesan is usually too strong for the delicate fish flavors.