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Buying Fresh Basil at Templeton Farmers Market

Templeton Farmers Market

Templeton Farmers Market is the one of the oldest and largest farmers market in San Luis Obispo County. It is a real food lovers treat with everything from meat and fish to vegetables and fruit available.

Where: The Templeton City Park.

When: Saturdays, from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Templeton Farmers Market July 5th 2008


This week at the Templeton Farmers Market there was a noticeable increase of availability and lower prices for summer produce.

Today we went to today's Farmers Market in Templeton.
We got there early- just a few minutes past nine.

We were lucky to have only one person ahead of us at The Olde Port Fisheries' booth! On Friday afternoon I had called them ahead to order one pound of fresh extra-large tiger shrimp and a pound of their fresh Sushi-grade Ahi Tuna and they had it with them set aside for me. (This is a really convenient way to get first-rate quality seafood if you can remember to call ahead to them!)

We then went on to visit the other booths. The produce-picture is starting to change a bit. -More emphasis is now on summer produce. The "going rate" price for tomatoes has reduced a bit since last week as more vendors' tomatoes come into season. -From $3.50 per pound to this week's price of $3.00. Though still pricey compared to the peak summer price (which was $2.00 tops per pound last year) the Farmers Market tomatoes are still a good deal over the price and taste of store-bought less flavored ones.

We also found some perfectly-ripe fresh Adriatic Figs at a dollar a basket. We couldn't wait to bring them home and have them for our dinner appetizer wrapped in Proscuitto.

And then at the Dragon Spring Farm from Cambria had some dynamite Blueberries. Though
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Fresh Adriatic Figs at the Farmers Market
a bit pricey at $4.50 a basket, they are much better tasting than the supermarket ones that come from Oregon. This week the long line was in front of their booth!

LeForts Organic Crops from Creston again had the baby zucchini with attached blossoms. Check-out our recipe for Baby Zucchini and Zucchini Blossoms Frittata Blossoms Frittata. They make a delicious light entree or appetizer. Their booth also feature several types of very fragrant Basil at $2.00 per bunch.

All in all it was a successful shopping trip for us. If you are able, check it out and try to patronize your local Farmers market. There's a lot waiting for you to see and do!




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A tip from Sue!

Use A Pasta Pot for Pasta

If you like pasta and are planning on having it often, I recommend getting a pasta pot.

After trying different sets, the best one I’ve found was the original, least expensive one. It’s a stainless steel pot with separate built-in pasta basket. It also comes with a vegetable steamer. Something like it is available on the Internet for about $40.00. and at several local supermarkets as low as $30.00.

You don’t need to have a real heavy pan---otherwise you’re going to waste all your time heating the pan instead of getting it to boil quickly. Don't worry about hot spots since all you’re going to be doing with it is boiling water.