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Stopping at the Bautista Farm booth, where we bought two nice bunches of golden beets for a pasta and salads this next week, ©2009 The Romantic Table 2009-02-14 17:25:40:121
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Stopping at the Bautista Farm booth, where we bought two nice bunches of golden beets for a pasta and salads this next week.

Farmers Market Report February 14, 2009


After a morning shower, a visit to the Templeton Farmers Market proved to be a bounty for not only today's Valentine dinner. but also several night's meals this week.

We arrived at the Templeton Farmers Market around ten, but there were plenty of convenient parking places. We parked near the "date-man" but decided to go straight to the other end of the market to see what Olde Port Fisheries had in stock for us today.

When we arrived at the booth, we saw Chris, their salesman, packaging some salmon on ice for a waiting customer. Looking at his posted sign of what was available, we were delighted to see that he had lobster meat for sale, as well as frozen cooked crab claws.

We decided to buy a pound of his lobster meat to add to our Valentine dinner of Shrimp Fra Diavolo --but with lobster tails in a spicy Marinara sauce. We also bought some of the frozen crab claws to add to our homemade Cioppino with scallops, shrimp and clams later this month.

Chris told us to to be careful and not throw the lobster meat or the crab claws directly into a sauce when frozen, but let them unthaw naturally, otherwise the meat would be chewy. I thanked him for his tips --I'd hate to ruin our Valentine-dinner!

Chris wished us a happy Valentines Day, so I asked him how his Valentine's Day had been so far. He said he already had given his wife of ten years and their two kids chocolates this morning but had "orders from them to bring home a cherry pie."

At the Dragon Spring booth, we saw that owner Mike Broadhurst had some luscious-looking small Mandarin oranges, ©2009 The Romantic Table 2009-02-14 17:27:23:122
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At the Dragon Spring booth, we saw that owner Mike Broadhurst had some luscious-looking small Mandarin oranges.
We continued on, saying hello to all our vendor-friends. Stopping at Dragon Spring Farm, we saw that owner, Mike Broadhurst had some luscious-looking small Mandarin oranges. My husband, a citrus-lover picked out several for two dollars a pound. While making change, Mike said that they had had a lot of rain over in Cambria where their farm is located. He was so happy that finally the ground is saturated, so he knows that his upcoming crops should do well. We wished him well and walked on.

Stopping at Stolley's Honey booth, I asked Carlos, their salesman, if he had any Eucalyptus honey yet. We learned that they still haven't been able to get into the saturated fields to process the hives.

On we walked, stopping at the Bautista Farm booth, where we bought two nice bunches of golden beets for a pasta and salads this next week. The Bautistas, were brimming with pride that their daughter was getting married soon. They asked if my husband photographs weddings. (Which he doesn't.) We both wished them well and mentioned that they're going to have a lot to do this year. They laughed and proudly acknowledged that fact.

We walked on and finally came to Gary "the date man" Billington's booth Sunrise Desert Tropical He was glad to see us. His dates glistened in the light. We bought a few of our favorites. wished him a Happy Valentines Day and decided to head for home via "Trader Joe''s", just a mile away. There's a weekly procession by shoppers that go to the Templeton Farmers Market and then on to "Trader Joe's" --us included! My husband and I have nicknamed this phenomena the "Strawberry Circuit". We think it's kind of funny!

That's all for this week! See you next time!







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A tip from Sue!

No cheese on seafood please!

When serving an Italian seafood dish, unless the recipe specifically calls for cheese, grated Parmesan cheese on top is not a good idea!

The pungent taste of Parmesan is usually too strong for the delicate fish flavors.