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©2008 The Romantic Table, With Thanksgiving over and Fall coming to a close, we look ahead at what organic foods will be available in the market for winte 2008-12-01 17:58:05:81
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With Thanksgiving over and Fall coming to a close, we look ahead at what organic foods will be available in the market for winter

Farmers Market November 29, 2008


With Thanksgiving over and Fall coming to a close, we look ahead at what organic foods will be available in the market for winter.

We arrived a little later than usual at the farmers market in Templeton, but we still had an abundance of produce, foodstuffs and seafood to choose from. A few of the regular vendors were absent and we don't know if it was due to the Thanksgiving holiday or that they are done for the season. There was plenty of convenient parking available as well.

©2008 The Romantic Table, Our first stop was at the Olde Port Fisheries booth from Avila Beach 2008-12-01 18:10:47:82
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Our first stop was at the Olde Port Fisheries booth from Avila Beach
Our first stop was at the Olde Port Fisheries booth from Avila Beach. They were fully stocked, so we were able to buy a pound of Mexican White prawns ($9.98 per pound) for dinner as well as some of their own recipe of Smoked Salmon ($17,95 per pound), which we can use in numerous recipes.

Next up was to stop by and see our vendor-friend Debbie Paver at Charter Oak Style Meats to confirm our Christmas order for several lamb shanks. She told us that her meats are in high demand. A lot of visiting relatives and friends of the locals are finding out about all her cuts of meat (many cuts that are very hard to find elsewhere in the state) and ordering meat to take back home to their hometowns after leaving here. This is a common occurrence for many vendors. Templeton's Farmers Market is getting quite a reputation!

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Fuji apples at the Mount Olive booth from Adelaide Road.
Next stop was at the Mount Olive booth from Adelaide Road west of Paso Robles. There, we were able to purchase a few pounds of Fuji apples to carry us through the week. ---During the daytime, we "live on" primarily apples and nuts, saving all "our room" for a nice dinner. (Our regular vendor, See Canyon Apples, was one of the absent booths.)

Next up was Bautista Farms where we like to by their golden beets. We bought two big bunches at $2.00 a bunch. That will be good for a nice dinner using the greens and beets mixed in a nice papperdelle pasta and several salad garnishes using just the beets alone.

Always curious to see what Ralph Johnson has in-store, we journeyed down to where he normally is, and found that he was "missing-in-action" too.

Turning around and going back toward the other end of the vendors, we wanted to see if there were any vendors and interesting foodstuffs that we missed. With a few fewer vendors this week, there was more space and opportunity for all to get better noticed. Standing out was a Honey vendor that we may have had on "our radar" but just never got around to investigating. We decided to check it out.

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Carlos from Stolteys Bee Farm of Atascadero, on Atascadero Avenue. Its been in business for fifty-two years.
The vendor is Stolteys Bee Farm of Atascadero, on Atascadero Avenue. Its been in business for fifty-two years. Carlos, their salesperson, told us that they were currently selling Alfalfa honey (similar to clover honey) and Orange Blossom honey. They have over twenty varieties of honey, depending what crop is in season for the bees to pollinate. A few of their varieties that they have are: alfalfa, orange, Eucalyptus, Toyon berry, Buckwheat, Star thistle, Avocado, Sage, Squash, Apple, Blue Curl, Safflower and Cotton. All their honey is wild and raw. With the weather getting colder there's nothing better for a sore throat than honey and tea. And when it's cold outside, some raw honey will taste especially soothing and delicious on some whole grain bread. To learn more about their honey, you can call them at: 805 466-0473. They sell their honey at Baywood Park-Los Osos, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo farmers markets. Check them out!

We plan to have a winter salad this week of fresh arugula, garlic, caramelized walnuts,and Kalamata olives and for showy presentation purposes as well as taste, we thought some chopped persimmons would go well. As we approached the Dragon Spring Farm booth co- owner Mike Broadhurst said that one of the professional cooks had bought him out. But graciously he took a couple from the box that he sold me.

With all the above in-tow, and trying to be careful on how we spend our money and not to buy too much -or more than we can eat before the food spoils, we decided to call it a day. Though still full from our Thanksgiving meal, I was not planning on buying that much, but I still came home with a lot of produce and seafood to keep us busy with several recipes for numerous days! Hope that your food shopping sojourns provide you with as much inspiration for your family menus!






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A tip from Sue!

Frying high fat meats

You can cut down on the calories of high-fat meats, by just adding a little water (instead of adding oil) to your frying pan until the meat's fat starts releasing and lubricating the pan, then cook with the frying pan covered. If you want a crispy coating, you uncover the pan or cook with the lid partially ajar.