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Bright Winter Color Plants from Arroyo Grande Greenhouses

Farmers Market Report January 17, 2009


Though it was still a bit chilly this morning, when we arrived at the Templeton Park we found a lot of activity and busy shoppers. What a difference a week makes! The sun had brought both more vendors and people to the Market and we found a new find:Brussel Sprouts still on the stalk!

We arrived at the Market at ten and we found it busy with shoppers and strollers. We were on a "mission" to buy some more dates, arugula, beets, and seafood. Since we parked near the Olde Port Fisheries booth, we started there.

Olde Port Fisheries had many kinds of fresh fish, since we were in the mood for some halibut or swordfish, we chose a pound of fresh swordfish for dinner. Since we have a hankering for a Smoked Salmon , Asparagus and Dill Frittata sometime later this week, and they had a good fresh supply of their locally caught and made smoked salmon, we bought some of that too.

On down we walked, saying hello to all our vendor friends. Down a ways toward the other end of the booths, we stopped at Gary Billington's Sunrise Desert Tropical booth where we bought some of his Medjools dates. We joked about how cold last Saturday had been and were so relieved that this week was milder though we both acknowledged that just about any coldness in California is still better than what the Midwest and East are dealing with!

©2009 The Romantic Table, Stalks of Fresh Brussels Sprouts at the Y. Hayashi and Sons booth. 2009-01-18 17:37:55:110
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Stalks of Fresh Brussels Sprouts at the Y. Hayashi and Sons booth.
We then turned around and decided to go to the Bautista Farm booth for some arugula to make another kind of winter salad tonight for dinner. On our way there, at the Y Hayashi and Sons booth from Arroyo Grande, we saw something very unusual for sale: Brussels Sprouts still attached to their stalks! How neat! It had been a while since we had had really fresh Brussels Sprouts. We deliberated about how well they'd go with Swordfish and decided to buy a couple stalks of them. They were priced at three dollars a stalk or two stalks for five dollars. We purchased two stalks. When I picked them up, Boy were they heavy!

I asked Sergio, their seller that day, what Farmers Markets do they go to. He told me Santa Maria, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and and of course Templeton. This day he had the following for sale: Brussels Spouts, Broccoli, Celery, Several kinds of Lettuces, and Spinach.

Next we stopped at the Bautista Farm booth, where we purchased two bags of fresh arugula and a bunch of golden beets for our salad tonight. The arugula was picture-perfect!

©2009 The Romantic Table, Bright Winter hardy color plants were in plentiful supply at the Arroyo Grande Greenhouses booth 2009-01-18 17:43:03:111
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Bright Winter hardy color plants were in plentiful supply at the Arroyo Grande Greenhouses booth.
With our goods in tow, we decided to go back to our car when we noticed a new vendor booth: Arroyo Grande Greenhouses just over-flowing with beautiful color plants. We walked over to investigate and find out more about this booth. Mike Krause and a friend, Brent, have had their greenhouse farm for over ten years. They started it when they were going to Cal Poly. Their specialty is Bonsai and Color plants. Today they had for sale Winter hardy "Cyclamen", "Primroses", "English Daises" and "Pocket Books." They sell their color plants for two dollars a plant, or three plants for five dollars. A flat of color plants runs twenty dollars. And they're absolutely gorgeous! You can contact Mike at 805 489-3849. Check them our next time you're at Farmers Market!

By this time, both of our arms were getting heavy from the Brussels Sprouts Stalks, Beets, Arugula, Swordfish, Salmon and Dates that we were carrying, so we said "ado" to the outdoor market and made a dash to our car. Though we thought we weren't going to be buying much, we sure put that to rest!

It had been a good morning! The sun was out and getting warmer by the hour and we had a few little surprises and new finds that had perked-up our day. It's really odd -when you don't think you're going to be buying much, an attractive presentation of food can really make a difference between a buy and a "no-buy!" That goes for serving the food as well!

See you next week!





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