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Fresh Basil and hints of Spring coming at Templeton Farmers Market.

Farmers Market Report February 28, 2009

A low-keyed Farmers Market shopping excursion discovers a new vendor with lots of gorgeous produce!

We arrived at Templeton's Farmers Market about nine-thirty and quickly found a parking place. We went first to the Olde Port Fisheries booth where we had a beautiful fresh salmon fillet reserved for us for Saturday's dinner.

After that we decided to survey all the other booths to see what was new in the marketplace. One big change this week: more of the vendors are starting to have really nice strawberries with more flavor. (A result of the milder weather with no frosts.)

Walking by the Charter Oak Style booth we saw owner Debbie Paver happily in the midst of a custom cut meat sale, so we just waved as we walked by. On our way we passed by Michael Broadhurst's Dragon Spring Farm booth and wished him well. His booth was stocked full of oranges and other citrus, as well as his homemade preserves from his farm.

Down just a bit from Dragon Spring was Stolleys Honey Booth where I inquired if he had any new varieties of honey. "Not quite yet but definitely soon", Carlos, their salesman, told us.

Next, we stopped off at Bautista Farm booth where they had plenty of nice looking lettuces, golden and red beets, carrots, celery, kohl crops and more.

Going past Y Hayashi and Sons booth we saw that they were stocked with all their usual great quality produce items including their delicious Brussels Sprouts.

Then down at Garry Billington's Sunrise Desert Tropical booth we saw that Gary was stocked full of his gorgeous dates plus this week he had expanded his selection of Tropical Flowers. His flowers are worth a special trip to his booth alone! We bought some of our favorite dates, wished him well, and went on our way to our car.

©2009 The Romantic Table, Lucas Green of Green Family Farms, located in Lompoc. 2009-03-01 18:02:51:127
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Lucas Green of Green Family Farms, located in Lompoc.
Just down from Gary's booth, we came upon a new vendor: Lucas Green of Green Family Farms, located in Lompoc. His family has over 200 planted acres. He has his own 8 acre farm. Green family Farms have twelve greenhouses. Between his family, they sell at over thirty Farmers Markets a week concentrating on those in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. In San Luis Obispo County, their booth can be found at the Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo and Templeton markets.

He had lots of Winter produce on display, including Greens Onions, Zucchini Blossoms (a real rarity this time of year), gorgeous asparagus, Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Artichokes both large and "Baby-sized." Currently they are not organic, but are in the process of becoming certified organic.

If you want to learn more about their produce or any other information, you can reach them at 805 588-5261.

Relatively, this had been a really laid back low-energized market people-wise, but it still had been a lot of fun seeing all our "usuals." We saw several shoppers with their young dogs in tow. That's always a fun sight!

No matter what your mood, it's always a positive lift to your spirits to get out and see what's new. There's always something "happening" at the Templeton Farmers Market!

Next week see for yourself!




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