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©2008 The Romantic Table, Gorgeous Roses by Eufloria  2008-12-17 11:53:01:94
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Gorgeous Roses by Eufloria

Farmers Market December 13, 2008


Though we got a late start due to rain, we still had a good time and discovered a new find.

The morning was gray and dreary, but as we waited for a break in the rain, we wondered if many of vendors would show up. We got a late start, but avoided getting drenched and found at our arrival at the Templeton park, that most of the "regulars" had indeed come. -They were as anxious to sell their goods as we were to buy them!

First off, we went to the "Date and Flowering Cactus Man" Gary Billington, where we purchased some more of his delicious dates.--We're working on a recipe to showcase them.

Next we went to the Persimmon booth (Dragon Spring Farm) and bought enough Fuyu persimmons to last us another week. He was fully stocked with some real beauties! They're absolutely delicious on salads--and a lot cheaper than tomatoes!

Next to that booth was the See Canyon Apple booth where we stocked-up on Fuji apples.

We checked-in with Debbie Paver at Charter Oak Style Meats. We'll have our meaty lamb shanks just in time for our big Christmas dinner. Debbie even offered to deliver the meat to me at home!

©2008 The Romantic Table, Steve Gallegos of Eufloria Flowers 2008-12-17 11:55:05:95
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Steve Gallegos of Eufloria Flowers
Winding down our shopping, on the way back to our car, we noticed a booth we hadn't paid much attention to earlier in the year, but wanted to learn a little more about what they sell. The booth sells gorgeous roses year round. The business name is Eufloria. Today it is staffed by Steve Gallegos, but all the flowers are grown by his mother-in-law and farm owner, Lily Garcia.

Eufloria has been in business for twenty-five years, the last ten years specializing in just roses. They have many varieties, they're all beautiful and very hardy. The roses are grown year-round hydroponically in greenhouses in Nipomo. They serve the Farmers Markets in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles and Morro Bay. For more information about Eufloria and their roses, visit www.eufloriaflowers.com

With wet, raw cold winds blowing some of the coldest yet of the year, it was so reassuring that even on a miserably cold day as today, there were still three vendors that had gorgeous strawberries for sale! We are so lucky to live here! --The rest of the country is dealing with snow drifts while we enjoy our year-round vibrant produce that can make even a cold day seem a little more like summer!

With our finds in hand, and glad we avoided much of the rain, we decided to call it a morning and go on our way to our other stops.

See you next week!




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