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©2009 The Romantic Table, At the Olde Port Fisheries booth, there was everything from locally caught fresh halibut to Mexican white shrimp. 2009-01-24 21:57:46:112
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At the Olde Port Fisheries booth, there was everything from locally caught fresh halibut to Mexican white shrimp.

Farmers Market Report January 24, 2009

Templeton Farmers Market today, the cold gray day diminished some of the shoppers but not the selection of produce, seafood and foodstuffs available and we discovered a new find: Organic Dog Treats!

We arrived at the Templeton Park this morning just a little past nine. We went first to the Olde Port Fisheries booth from Avila. There was no line and a pretty good selection of seafood. There was everything from locally caught fresh halibut fillets to swordfish, fresh salmon, rock cod, blue-lip mussels, tiger thrimp and fresh Mexican white shrimp plus more. We enjoyed last weeks' swordfish so much that we're going to have it again tonight. We bought some while having a nice conversation with Chris, their salesman and journeyed on.

Walking down toward the other end from where we were parked, we said our hellos to our vendor-friends. When we reached the Bautista Farm booth, we eyed some gorgeous golden beets that we couldn't say no to, and bought two bunches for our salads this week.

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We stopped at the Y Hayashi and Sons booth where we purchased another stalk of freshly-picked Brussels Sprouts.
Just down a ways from Bautista's, we stopped at the Y Hayashi and Sons booth where we purchased another stalk of freshly-picked Brussel Sprouts for this evening's dinner. They were delicious with the swordfish last week! While they're still available, we'd like to have them again. At two dollars a full stalk, that's a bargain!

On we marched down to Gary Billington's Sunrise Desert Tropical booth where we bought two pounds of Barhi dates. These are great for a little "pick-me-up" dessert at lunchtime. And you can't find these in the stores --and if you could-- they'd be priced higher and wouldn't be as fresh. At six dollars a pound they are a cheep healthy treat, and they last a long time.

Just down from Gary's booth was a new vendor booth that we hadn't seen before. "SnifferSnacks Dog Treats" for your dogs. The Farmers Market always features very fresh eatables for yourself, so why should you forget your best friend -your dog!

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Nancy Harris is the owner of "SnifferSnacks Dog Treats" for your dogs. She makes all the biscuits herself in her home oven.
Nancy Harris is the owner of this biscuit business and she makes all the biscuits herself in her home oven. All of the ingredients are human-quality with absolutely no additives or trans-fats -she makes all biscuits using olive oil. The biscuits are all natural using organic sprouted flax and oatmeal. She even offers a gluten-free version for those dogs with wheat allergies. She (herself) samples every batch. Nancy says" she wouldn't give her dog anything that she wouldn't eat herself!" We smelled some and they smelled like gourmet (human) crackers or cookies

The dog biscuits are high in fiber. She offers two flavors: Beef and Peanut butter-vanilla. She has various sizes for different-sized dogs. They're six dollars a large bag. She also offers "training treats" for two-fifty per three ounce bag.

Nancy started her business in October of 2008 and she's only been going to the North County Farmers Markets: Paso Robles, Atascadero and now Templeton. If you'd like to learn more about these dog biscuits, check-out her website at: www.sniffersnacks.com or give her a call at: 805 305-7820.

By now the dampness was starting to penetrate our jackets, so we decided to head for home.-Well, you learn something every day! --Now even Fido won't miss out of the organic offerings of the Farmers Market!

That's all for Templeton Farmers Market this week. See you next time!






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